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Personal Handicaps in Regatta Week 2023

This page explains how we will use personal handicaps as well as the normal ones during Regatta Week 2023. This is a NEW and SIMPLER approach to what we have tried before!

Normal Handicaps

These handicaps are determined by the type of boat. Every crew sailing that type of boat will have the same handicap. They are set at the start of each season and remain fixed throughout. The handicaps follow the Portsmouth Yardstick with the Portsmouth Yardstick Number (PYN) set according to the type of boat. Faster types of boat have smaller PYNs than slower types and all boats of the same type have the same PYN. The RYA reviews these handicaps each year and recommends any changes to them. You can see the PYNs used in WWSC races here. The fastest boat on our list is an RS800 with a standard PYN of 790; the slowest is a SailQube whose standard PYN is 1800.

Personal Handicaps

Just as individuals playing golf have their own handicaps, the same can apply to dinghy sailors. Your personal PYN is determined by how well you sailed in your previous races and it may be a larger PYN (i.e. slower) or a smaller PYN (i.e. faster) than the normal or standard PYN set for your type of boat. For our 2023 Regatta Week we will calculate a Personal PYN (PPYNs) for every boat that pre-registers and whose crew has raced at WWSC - either during 2022 or 2023 (or both).

Below are the PPYNs we have produced so far. A "-" in the Personal PYN column signifies we haven't got enough previous race data to calculate a personal handicap for that boat + crew combination. We will finalise these Tables before Regatta Week begins.

Class 1 Personal PYNs

Class 2 Personal PYNs


Each day we will publish the results using the normal standard handicaps AND using these fixed Personal PYNs. The main trophies will be based on the normal or standard handicaps but we will also have prizes for the winners of the Personal PYN Series representing sailors whose performance has shown most improvement.

Last updated 22:24 on 22 August 2023

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