The racing programme available at The Poole Yacht Club is second to none. In the 2016 sailing programme there were 151 club races available – not counting the various open meetings, regattas and training sessions that are also part of the sailing calendar.
Handicap Dinghy Rating
Handicap Dinghy Racing at Poole Yacht Club is done under the Portsmouth Yardstick system.
We race in three banded groups, fast, medium and slow.
Asymmetric and Foiling Handicap Dinghies (Class 9)
Boats with a PY number 1000 and below are part of the Asymmetric and Foiling Handicap group.
Fast (Class F)
Boats with a PY number between 1001 to 1024 inc. are part of the fast group.
Medium (Class E)
Boats with a PY number between 1025 to 1200 inc. are part of the medium group.
Slow (Class T)
Boats with a PY number above 1201 are part of the slow group.
Cruiser Rating 2019
Well known and established rating system, used worldwide. Typically used for all major regattas and racing in UK. Large database of boats enables good correlation of ratings. Uses measurements to define the boat and sails, also includes a boat type allowance (Hull factor) which is used to amend the rating for different types of boat. More information at www.ircrating.org.There is an annual fee to obtain a rating.
PY (Portsmouth Yardstick)
This is an empirical rating system (no measurements) which analyses the performance of boats to derive a rating. Some values of PY are fixed for the year, typically for dinghies. It is also possible to use a PY which is varied statistically for each race based on performance of the boat. This rating system is free and is typically organised through either the club or via nationally agreed values for PY.
New system (2010) based on velocity prediction formula, principally created for Poole Yacht Racing Association (PYRA). Uses only measurements to predict performance via polar diagram which is then converted to a rating based on averaged wind strengths. More information at www.vprs.org. There is an annual fee to obtain a rating.