Fair Racing / Handicapping

Committee Members | Reports and Documents | Superyacht Regattas – Handicapping Rules | Activities and Status

Kurtz_SBA3641The mission of the Fair Racing / Handicapping Committee is to address all fair racing issues and to evaluate the handicapping/rating systems currently being used in superyacht racing, identifying the positive and negative aspects of each rule. The committee is to report back to the SYRA Executive Committee with recommendations on the viability of the rules being used as they pertain to fair racing, how they can be improved for superyacht racing and whether a new superyacht rule should be considered. Other fair racing issues such as class breaks, the owner/driver issue and course composition will be addressed.

Activities and Status | Committee Members | Reports and Documents | Superyacht Regattas – Handicapping Rules

Fair Racing / Handicapping Committee

Committee Members

Membership as of March 2017

Chair: Kate Branagh
Andy Claughton: Wolfson Unit
Ruurt Meulemans: Yacht Designer
Bill Tripp: Yacht Designer
Edoardo Recchi: Event Organizer (YCCS)
Peter Craig: PRO / SYRA Executive
(TBD): Yacht Owner

Activities and Status

Measuring Your Yacht
List of ORC measured superyachts tops 50

A welcome change in superyacht racing in recent years has been a growing sense of confidence from owners and sailors that the superyacht rating rule of choice (ORCsy) has enhanced fair racing. A fully transparent VPP has played a meaningful role in the popularity of the rule, which debuted 4 short years ago. But so too has the fact that measured data is steadily replacing declared data fleet wide. As of December 2017, 50 superyachts were fully measured with another 18 partially measured or scheduled early in 2018.  Click to see the current this list of ORC Measured Yachts (pdf)

As more yachts get measured, it has been substantiated that some of the data declared by teams has not accurately reflected the ‘as raced’ condition of their yacht. Both the SYRA and ORC have been encouraging racing superyachts to consider getting measured during the next yard period when they are scheduled to haul out. In addition to playing a role in fair racing, programs will be able to accurately quantify their yachts’ ‘as raced’ displacement and stability.

Participating programs have been reminded that the ORCsy VPP will again feature a rating adjustment for those yachts that are unmeasured (approximately 1% across all wind ranges in 2018). This transparent adjustment will be reflected on the certificates. It is the intent of the rating authority to reassess the rating adjustment for the following year as they learn more about the realities of measured versus declared data. Regatta Organizers and the ORC encourage those programs planning to race in the future to make arrangements to measure the next time their yachts are scheduled to be hauled.

There are two steps to measuring – the out of water hull scanning to capture offset files and then the flotation and inclining procedure while in the water. The Rule Authority is more than willing to explain the process to Captains who would be measuring for the first time. Please contact the ORC here or refer to the applicable section of the ORC website: http://www.orc.org/rules/ORC%20SY%20Measurement%20Guidance%202017.pdf

ORCsy 2017 End Season Report:
After 9 successful events in 2017 (SuperYacht Challenge Antigua, Swan Cup and Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta in Virgin Gorda, St. Barth Bucket Regatta in St. Barth, Loro Piana SY Regatta in Porto Cervo, SY America’s Cup in Bermuda, SY Cup in Palma, Candy Store Cup in Newport and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo) the ORC would like to update you on the situation of our handicap system. Read more here.

There are a number of issues that come into play when one looks to address “fair racing” with superyachts. First and foremost is the rating / handicapping of the yachts. The different systems are explained here, as well as a list of what rules superyacht regattas are using.

Other areas that impact ‘fair racing’ that will be addressed include but are not limited to: accurate measurement data, shared database among rule authorities, course composition/race management, racing oriented superyachts, class splits, passing lanes in pursuit racing, extended starting sequences, and owner/drivers.

The ORCsy Handicap Rule made its successful debut in 2015. The rule continues to evolve based on experience and observations.

For more information and the Rule Overview visit:  www.orc.org/superyacht

Reports and Documents

Displacement Meeting at YCCS
Meeting Summary 60KB PDF
17 June 2013

SuperYacht Racing: Is ORC-sy the answer?

Sail change onboard the 180 ft mighty black hulled Marie. © 2015 jrenedo
Sail change onboard the 180 ft mighty black hulled Marie. © 2015 jrenedo

One of the wonderful things about super yachts is their individuality: They may have sleek racing lines or timeless classic charm. It’s one of the things we love about them, a chance for the owners and naval architects who designed and built them to show off their personality and skill. And there is nothing more spectacular than seeing these magnificent yachts racing en-masse and under full sail.

But how do you “level the playing field” in such a diverse fleet?

Fall 2015 article posted by Breeze Studio: http://breeze-studio.co.uk/is-orc-sy-the-answer.