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Notes on Regatta Results    

 

from your beloved webmaster

Over the last few years the task of getting accurate results up on this website is getting harder and harder. I try to do my best given the information I am supplied but if you want them to be truly correct, there a couple of things that need to be done.
At the end of the day slightly incorrect results are better than no results so don't let this stop you from sending in what you have, I'm just asking you to give the following some thought to make my job a little easier.
 

Problem 1 -  Grades

I need to know which sailor is in which grade - As you all know, the results at any regatta are split into 3 grades. A-Grade, B-Grade and C-Grade. This system has always worked well and is the only real way of rewarding the guys that put in the effort and sail really well but are still new to the class or can't afford (or justify the cost) of a brand new boat.

Remember grades help to keep the class alive - The racing always just as good between second to last and last place as it is at the front of the fleet and this system reinforces that. Without it new sailors would quickly become disillusioned and leave to another class. It also creates a structure for improvement i.e. The winner of the B-Grade one year may decide to upgrade to the A-Grade the following year.

 

Problem 2 - North Island Champs

DNC DNS DNF DSQ - Results very rarely differentiate these and I need to know who got what (especially the difference between DNC and DNS). Although all these score the same in a single regatta, they can have different values in a series that is longer than one regatta i.e. the North Island Champs.
 
ISAF and Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing rule A9 is as follows;

RACE SCORES IN A SERIES LONGER THAN A REGATTA

For a series that is held over a period of time longer than a regatta, a boat that came to the starting area but did not start, did not finish, retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats that came to the starting area. A boat that did not come to the starting area shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the series.

One key thing to remember is that "came to the starting area" means exactly that. Sitting on the beach is not defined as the starting area. Whether you are sitting on the beach, or sitting at an All Blacks game in South Africa when the start takes place, your score should be DNC.
If you make the effort to get to the line and capsize or decide to bail back to the wife for a cuddle (or whatever) without going thru the start line then your score should be DNS.
This rewards the sailor who did make the effort to get out there.
The difference between DNC & DNS can have a huge effect on overall results of a series especially if there is quite a big fleet and there are lots of different people at each regatta.
 

A quick note about class naming

Another thing to keep in mind, especially when organising a regatta is the proper name of this class of yacht.
Although our class is widely known as the A-Class, our official title is A-Division Catamaran. This was set by the IYRU (International Yacht Racing Union) in England way back in 1956. That is why our international association is known as the IACA (International A-division Catamaran Association) and our national association is the NZADCA (New Zealand A-Division Catamaran Association)
This leads to why the term "Grades" is used for splitting the fleet, it avoids any confusing doubling up of words i.e. "Mr Smith is the current New Zealand A-Division Catamaran Association B-Grade Champion" and not "Mr Rangi was the New Zealand A-Division Catamaran A-Division Champion last year".
Fortunately New Zealand is generally a pretty laid back country, so this has never been an issue, just next time you are thinking of holding the "New Zealand A-Class Nationals" consider calling it the "New Zealand A-Division Catamaran Nationals".
 


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