New Portsmouth Yardstick Racing Platform launched

Published on June 30th, 2020

As a new benefit for member organizations, US Sailing has partnered with the Royal Yachting Association to create a more robust platform for Portsmouth Yardstick Racing using the PYOnline platform.

The Portsmouth Yardstick is a handicapping system that allows multiple classes of one-designs and other smaller boats to sail on the same starting line and race course with corrected time results. With the current challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, many sailors are canceling travel and staying local. This can result in not having enough boats of a particular class to hold a one-design race start.

With the Portsmouth Yardstick, sailing in mixed class fleets is not only possible, but also fun and challenging. The new PYOnline platform is exclusively for US Sailing member organizations and will produce updated ratings for each class after a day or event of sailing.

The accuracy of the ratings is one of the key advantages. The ratings will become more accurate over time, ensuring that competition stays fresh on the water. This means no one boat or class is guaranteed a win or loss based upon ratings alone. Each club will have ratings that are based on their local conditions. US Sailing will update the national ratings for a given class on an annual basis, based upon the ratings used by the individual clubs.

Portsmouth Yardstick racing becomes better, more robust and more fun with more clubs and sailors participating. Consider adding a mixed fleet racing event or series to your calendar. Contact with any questions or to discuss how PYOnline can help your organization.

Click Here to Sign Up for the PYOnline Portal.

Source: US Sailing

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