STC Annapolis Fall Regatta to offer Triple Number Plus
Published on September 18th, 2014
In addition to offering scoring in IRC and HPR, the Storm Trysail Club Annapolis Fall Regatta is offering a new handicap system for at this event called Triple Number Plus. Intended for production cruiser/racers, this new system is being offered by the Offshore Office of US Sailing to give more accurate time-on-time ratings for each of four conditions: Light, Medium and Heavy windward/leeward inshore races, and a General Purpose rating for offshore races, matching the format of the three-day regatta.
“We feel this will more accurately reflect the performance cross-overs found when racing dissimilar boats in the same class,” says Ken Comerford of North Point Yacht Sales, a member of the organizing committee at STC. “We have seen that the single-number approach is not accurate enough for the range of conditions we have here in the Chesapeake, and are looking forward to work with the Offshore Office to provide the data they need to devise this new system.”
Entries in the Triple Number Plus class will need to be production boats where there is an adequate body of measurement data available from certificates, observations and sail measurements for the Offshore Office to use its VPP tools to calculate the ratings. Wherever possible this data will be vetted for accuracy from available databases, but sail measurements will be required.
Race managers will use a signal system to inform competitors prior to the Warning signal which ratings will be used for each race. The ratings will be used for this regatta only, and are being offered free of charge to US Sailing members.
Click here for Annapolis Fall Regatta NOR Addendum.