I’ve been corresponding about our PHRF rating, and learned that each season, the PHRF-people do something called a race analysis where they evaluate each boat’s performance relative to their PHRF rating as compared to the boats they compete with. Here’s the analysis for us for last season (the comments on the right are my own).
|Year||Event||Name||Class||Rating||Relative Performance||Races||Dev||Diff||vs Rating||Consistency|
|2016||THURS||SABOTAGE||VIPER 830||60||-11||9||25.2||-71||Well Above||Variable|
|2016||THURS||PERSPECTIVE||J-100||70||70||8||16.9||0||At Rating||Fairly Consistent|
|2016||THURS||TAKE NOTICE AGAIN||X-Yachts 1 Ton||63||64||6||20.4||1||Near Rating||Mostly Consistent|
|2016||THURS||ECLIPSE||C&C 41||72||74||5||15.7||2||Near Rating||Fairly Consistent|
|2016||TUES||TOP GUN||J-35||72||41||12||21.2||-31||Well Above||Mostly Consistent|
|2016||TUES||SANDPIPER||BENETEAU 1ST 36.7||78||67||9||10.4||-11||Outperformed||Consistent|
|2016||TUES||PERSPECTIVE||J-100||70||70||7||17.7||0||At Rating||Fairly Consistent|
|2016||TUES||ECLIPSE||C&C 41||72||74||6||4.4||2||Near Rating||Very Consistent|
|2016||TUES||BATTLEWAGON||J-35||72||105||13||38.1||33||Well below Rating||Highly Variable|
What you can see is that we essentially performed at rating, and were fairly consistent relative to our competitors. Not surprisingly, Sabotage and Top Gun performed well above their ratings (ie: faster). And clearly Sandpiper outperformed their rating.
This is a good new/bad news story. On the positive side: it means that we are sailing PERSPECTIVE as well as the average crew among our competitors! That’s a big step forward from the past, and something to celebrate. We’re also fairly consistent (as a comparison, Coyote’s deviation is 11-15, just slightly more consistent than us). Next step: outperform like Sandpiper did in 2016!
The flip side that I think it is unlikely that we’ll get an adjustment in our rating this year (but I haven’t given up).