R2AK: Pardon the interruption:
The 5th edition of the 750 mile Race to Alaska began June 3 with a 40-mile “proving stage” from Port Townsend, WA to Victoria, BC. For those that survived, they started the remaining 710 miles on June 6 to Ketchikan, AK. Here’s the June 16 update:
We could enjoy today’s big stories fresh off the press, but we’re going to cellar them next to the Zinfandels. Today, we’re drinking in Boldly Went’s amuse bouche for R2AK insiders.
In the evening/night of Day 10, four of the teams of the R2AK fired in to the finish line target and hit the mark in a tight scatter pattern?—all within an hour of the 9:40 pm bullseye we just invented t…
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Growing the Fleet: Does PHRF Work?:
Gordon Dill and Jim Schrager provide their assessment of how PHRF works for the keelboat racing in their region on Lake Michigan.
There is no shortage of complaints about PHRF, as is true of most rating systems. A fair evaluation starts with the understanding that by design PHRF takes a “single-number” approach. This is done for convenience, low cost, and ease of use.
PHRF is not meant for leading-edge Grand Prix racing but instead designed to be the most popular rating system for non-professional racers–which it is.
It may be more accurate to have different ratings for differing wind and water conditions. But that requires human judgm…
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