Dividing the PHRF Fleet:
It’s typical for one design regattas to require a minimum number of boats for a class to compete. Sometimes its three boats. Sometimes its five boats. The requirement helps to justify the effort on the event side and to ensure decent competition for the participants. Makes sense.
But what about handicap events?
All rating systems work best when boats are grouped not only by a narrow rating band (span from fastest to slowest boat), but also when the boats have similar hull form, weight, length, etc. This helps to keep boat performance consistent through the fleet in all wind and wave conditions. But how is this done when the entries for an event don’t fit well into categories…
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