Port Douglas Race Week

PERFORMANCE HANDICAP RULES

Introduction

All boats competing in Port Douglas Race Week are allocated a performance handicap. By definition this performance handicap indicates either the actual or the expected performance of each boat relative to each other boat. This is based on actual performance when sufficient historical data is available. Where historical data is not available expected performance is based on any available information supplied to, or researched by the Race Committee. This is not to be confused with a measurement rating (such as AMS or IRC). Ratings are calculated from measurements of the boats hull, rig and sails, and once calculated will not change unless changes are made to the boat. A boats performance handicap however will change after each race other than if that boat is used as the reference boat in that race, or the boat sailed as expected by the handicap. Performance handicaps are generated and recalculated in accordance with the Sailsys race management software.