Race Management

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.  

2018 Series

Day Starts Time Classes Ends
Sun 4 Mar 10:30 A,2,3,R,4 8 Apr
Mon 2 Apr 18:20 T,7,G,D,8 3 Sept
Mon 10 Sept 18.00 (T,7,G,D),8 1 Oct
Tues 27 Mar 18.15 R,1,3,A,B,2 4 Sept
Weds 3 Apr 18.00 Training 26 Sept
Thurs 5 Apr 18.15 R,7,G,D,O,8 6 Sept
Fri 30 Mar 18.25 R,3 4 May
Sat 31 Mar 14.00 (T,7) (G,D),8 12 May
Sat 1 Sept 14.00 (T,7) (G,D),8 8 Dec
1
Class 1 Cruiser
A
Class 1A Cruiser
B
Class 1B Cruiser
2
Class 2 Cruiser
3
Class 3 Cruiser
4
VPRS Non-Spinnaker Cruiser
J
All Cruisers inc. R19s
R
R19
D
YW Dayboat
G
GP14
0
Osprey
7
Laser Handicap
F
Fast Handicap Dinghies
T
Slow Handicap Dinghies & Hobie Cats
E
Medium Handicap Dinghies
8
Joint E, F & 9
9
Asymmetric and Foiling Handicap Dinghies

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 2017

Class 1 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current IRC certificate
The low limit is 0.900
There is no high limit
More information about IRC at www.ircrating.org.

Class 1A Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.810
The high limit is 0.871
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 1B Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.872
The high limit is 0.960
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 2 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit is 0.801
The high limit is 0.855
The max draft is 1.55m (taken from VPRS certificate)
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 3 Rating Requirements

The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
There is no low limit
The high limit is 0.800
The max hull length is 8.5 metres (taken from VPRS certificate)
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Class 1A Requirements For Sunday Races Only

For Cruiser Races that take place as part of the Sunday Early Spring Series, and the Sunday Winter Series only.
Class 1A and Class 1B are combined and shall be called Class 1A
The boat must hold a current VPRS certificate
The low limit shall be the same as the Class 1A Low limit for that year
There is no high limit
More information about VPRS at www.vprs.org.

Handicap systems

IRC

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.

VPRS

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.

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