Reply To: PY – moved again!
Agree with everything here!
For a small Class like the OK to consistently get the PY number lowered, it must have shown consistent wins cross the various handicap events. I just haven’t noticed that at all over very many years.
I don’t know if the ‘total numbers racing’ of a particular class is taken into account when they work out the ‘average’ PY number, but it surely should be.
In any class the ‘average skill’ sailor will make up say, 80 percent of the numbers. Eighty per cent of the OK sailors doing handicap events is far fewer than 80 percent of any of the more numerous Classes. So any conclusions about the results should take that into account.
If there were 100 average OKers racing against 1000 average ClassOthers, the OKers should be 10 times less likely to win against them. That should be the test. Simples.
Adding to this effect, the ‘skill spread’ will be higher in the larger Class, naturally, and without judging anyone, it is just a fact.
So where are all these ‘big wins’ coming from to justify lowering our PY no, – certainly nowhere where larger numbers of OKs are raced in hadicap races, as stated above.
I think we should ask for a written statement of how this latest change was arrived at. And well done Andy for taking them on.