What Keeps Us Coming Back:
by Nick Hayes, Sailing Magazine
I’ll admit to obsessing about why we sail. What drives us to be cold, wet and often bored, and yet still go sailing? Is it the camaraderie? The challenge? The adventure? The competition? Promoters and advocates will often boil it down to the premise that sailors sail because it is fun, and, by inference, don’t sail when it’s not.
Logic would suggest that as long as sailing is fun, more people will do it, but the numbers don’t support it. We all know that sailing can be a blast, but search Google trends for the word “sailing” and you’ll see that sailing struggles for relevance in the online world. Offline, I would sug…
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Assessing the Skill Component of Handicapping:
Rob Weiland takes on the topic of skill handicapping in the May edition of Seahorse magazine…
Skill handicapping is used in many sports, like golf, horse racing and polo, chess, pool and billiards, tennis and table tennis. But it just takes an hour on Google to see that in these sports the concept has contributed to some very fragmented landscapes. A wild array of options and ideas as well as geographical fragmentation.
In a way the geographical fragmentation is logical as skill handicapping is often based on a mix of subjective judgment and mathematical formulas, where the sub…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Assessing the Skill Component of Handicapping, Editor