After every season, the PHRF-LO organization summarizes the performance of each boat, and compares it statistically to its handicap. I summarized the 2018 analysis in this post last year. This year, I’m still waiting to receive details, but I did get the summary results from the past few seasons.
The trends over the past three years show really strong improvement in our performance and our consistency:
|2017||73||83||+10||+19||Off the pace and inconsistent|
|2018||73||76||+3||+10||Near our potential, not as consistent as we’d like|
|2019||73||72||-1||+5||Even better than our rating, very consistent|
How to read the table:
- Performance is a calculated effective rating for the boat. In other words, we sailed PERSPECTIVE as if it were rated 83 in 2017 (10 seconds/mile slower than her potential)
- Net is the difference between calculated effective rating for the boat and its speed potential (ie: its rating). In 2018 we were only 3 seconds/mile slower than our potential)
- ST/DEV is a measure of consistency. Big numbers like +19 in 2017 mean we were inconsistent. (When we started out we had a year with ST/DEV +38).
So, in a nutshell, we now sail PERSPECTIVE consistently at her speed potential. One way to think about that: if we were in a one-design regatta against a dozen other J100s, we’d finish consistently in the middle of the pack in each race, but our consistency would earn us a spot just off the podium for the event as a whole.
It’s a huge accomplishment in just a few years, and I’m convinced we can keep improving. For reference, in 2018, Top Gun’s Net was -18, and they were pretty consistent.
How? Stay tuned for the 2020 winter series!