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Rules for Penalties

In the 2017 racing season the Twenty Hundred Club will experiment with a modification of the standing race penalty process.  Members will recall that the club has in past years applied a handicap of seconds per mile based on race results from previous years.  A first place finish resulted in 15 seconds per mile handicap additional to the PHRF rating for the next year; second was 10 seconds and third was 5 seconds.  Penalties were “worked off” by racing in subsequent years without placing in the top three at a rate of 5 seconds/mile.

There remains an interest in maintaining a handicapping structure on top of the baseline PHRF handicaps.  However, in the interest of considering alternative and potentially more effective penalty strategies the club will institute two changes:

  • Eliminate the “persistency” of penalties. The penalty for a podium finish will only be assessed in the following year, and barring a return to the podium in that race, subsequent year’s races will have zero penalty.  A return to the podium during a race being sailed with a penalty will cause a new 15-, 10- or 5- second per mile penalty appropriate with the finishing position of that year without regard to results from prior years.  For example, for the 2017 season, only results from 2016 will be considered in deriving penalties for this year’s races.  Of note, a racer must still race to work down a penalty from a previous year – skipping a year’s race will not eliminate the prior year’s penalty.
  • Align penalties to boat/owner combinations. The previous system was akin to a golfer’s handicap and moved with the owner to different boats.  The new trial system will align to a specific boat/owner pair.  If an owner changes boats, the penalty no longer transfers to the new boat.  If a boat changes hands between two THC members, the penalty returns to zero.

This trial will occur in the 2017 season and will be revisited after the season concludes to determine effectiveness and suitability.  Actual assigned penalties will be posted, as in previous years, on the “Penalties” page of the club’s website about a week prior to each race.  Racers are encouraged to check their penalties before each race to ensure accuracy.

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