FCC Handicaps – Policy and Rolling Handicaps

Request for New or Modified Handicap

If you wish to compete and you are a new member or have changed boats and do not have a Forth Yacht Clubs Association handicap, please find the application form here: http://fyca.org.uk/handicap-application/ and return to the FCC Vice-Commodore.


Handicap adjustments

For this season I intend to continue to try to evolve the handicapping system that was introduced 2013.

There will continue to be Gold and Silver categories of handicaps

Gold Handicaps

Boats which have sailed to their FYCA handicap in previous FCC races will start the 2021 season on their latest FYCA handicap. This handicap will be adjusted throughout the season in accordance with the RYA YR2 system.

Silver Handicaps

The remainder of our boats that have raced in the past will start the 2021 season on a new handicap. This handicap will be their latest FYCA Handicap plus an additional 6%.

After their first completed race in 2021 their handicaps will be moved, where applicable, by + or – 15% of the difference between their revised FCC handicap and their ‘Achieved Performance’.

This will continue after each race completed until a stable handicap of within 5% slow and 7.5% fast has been achieved. They shall then transfer to the Gold category where their revised FCC handicap will then be altered in accordance with the RYA YR2 system.
Boats with no racing past will start with their FYCA handicap plus the additional 6% and be eligible for change after their first race.

If a current FYCA handicap is not available then that of a similar boat will be used. (Any boat racing that does not have a current FYCA handicap will be asked to fill in an FYCA handicap application form. The handicap subsequently provided by the FYCA +6% will then be used).

During the season finishing results that are exceptionally skewed due to outside influence, e.g. wind dropped, problems with sails or navigation, shall be disregarded. These results could artificially change the handicap.

During the season all handicaps will be reviewed and if any boat in the silver class has shown, over a number of races, that they are sailing well and consistently but are still nowhere in the results then I will consider making a larger increase to their handicap.

The aim of all the above is to try to encourage you all to turn up,  have fun and hopefully do well in our races this season.

Should anyone require any further clarification on handicaps, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. george_scrivener@hotmail.com

George Scrivener, Vice Commodore FCC

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