Hebe Jebes 2015 Issue JAN/FEB - Page 46

FEATURES Joyce Chan might be new to racing her Yamaha 33 and have a handicap that is very different from Alfie on his regularly raced Yamaha 33 which is sailed by his well trained crew. Two identical boats, racing in the same fleet, with different handicaps? What’s that all about? HKPN is not a measured rating like IRC. It is really just a number that indicates how fast a boat is sailed when raced. Alfie on a handicap of 1050 just sails faster than Joyce on her handicap of 1150. We could look at these handicaps in another way by calling them ‘observed speed’. The smaller the HKPN, the faster the boat. Alfie’s ‘observed speed’ could be, on average, 6.2kts and Joyce’s ‘observed speed’ could be 5.7kts. In a race, if Joyce races at 5.8kts and Alfie can only manage his normal 6.2kts, then Joyce will win the race when handicaps are applied because Joyce sailed faster than she normally does and Alfie didn’t. In simple terms, the time that it takes for a boat to complete a race is used to calculate a handicap. This handicap is used in the next race and whichever boat outperforms this handicap by the greatest degree, will be the winner. The example using Joyce and Alfie illustrates how two identical boats might have different handicaps based on how they perform. Overall performance is based on the type of boat, how well she is sailed, how well she is prepared, the weather, the crew, how well she is raced and maybe even the mood of the skipper. If a potentially fast boat has the same handicap as a slower boat then it might be fair to say the ‘fast’ boat is sailed—how can this be politely put—less well? You might have noticed the HKPN fleet does not only have Yamaha 33s in it. It has Impalas and a few J80s, the occasional TP52, an old Taipan, a Farr 38, and many others, all of different types, designs and epochs. With every race, handicaps change for many of these boats with the sole intent of levelling the playing field between all of them. Still, the principle remains of whoever sails faster than they normally do, by the greatest amount, will win a race. This is what HKPN is all about. Your handicap is not just some arbitrary figure. Nobody wins all the time. Everyone has a chance of winning sometimes. It encourages people to race and keeps things fair in terms of rewards. Over the next few issues of Hebe Jebes, we’ll explain how handicaps are allocated, how handicaps are changed after every race, discuss a few handicapping issues and finish with answering any frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, please do forward them to the HKPN Committee at racehkpn@gmail.com. Any time you want more information, ask a member of the HKPN committee. HHYC is represented on the HKPN Committee by Bridget Chan of Windseeker. The committee’s Chairman is Rob Berkley. For full details go to sailing.org.hk/HKPN.aspx 44 Hebe jebes • JAN/FEB 2015 Features HKPN船隻的名單可於香港帆船運動總會的網站上找到,網站 上列有近380艘船的資料,這些船隻都曾在過去三年出賽。單 在2014年,在完成近百場比賽後,已有260艘船隻 的讓分被重 新評估 。白沙灣遊艇會(HHYC)有32艘船列入了2014年颱風 盃帆船賽中的HKPN組別,其中很多已和那69艘在香港遊艇會 (RHKYC)環島帆船賽中進入了HKPN 組別的船隻並列在一起 。 自2012年夏天起,HKPN的裁