Club champion award scoring for 2014

We introduced for 2013 the Club Champion award to recognise the sailor who performed the best across all four race series. Getting the balance right between rewarding good results and good attendance was always going to be difficult with this award, but we feel it has delivered a worthy winner for this season in Ron King. However, in hindsight the chosen format of counting the best 6 results from each of the 4 series has favoured those who did the most races.

So whilst the season progressed alternative means of scoring for the club champion have been investigated, so that the results give a better reflection of who has performed the best over the course of the season. Like trying to find the source of the Nile, this has lead up many dead ends and still hasn’t provided a definitive solution but has yield an option which for now appears to give the best compromise between performance and attendance.

The Cumulative Points Scoring System (or ‘Ostrobogulous League’) was developed in the early 1970’s by rules guru Bryan Willis at the Queen Mary SC for just this purpose. The transcript of an article written by Bryan Willis for Dinghy magazine in 1982 explaining the scoring system can be found here.

In essence helms get 1 point for ever race that they complete; there are no points awarded for being disqualified or for doing a duty. In addition each helm is awarded an additional point for each boat that they beat in the race, provided that the helm of the boat beaten is above them in the overall standings or within a predefined number of positions below them in the standings. This restricts the number of points that the helms higher in the standings can amass by doing lots of races, whilst allowing helms lower in the standings who do less races to amass more points when they do compete if they perform well, hence keeping the competition close until the end of the season. All races in all series would count towards the final result.

The predefined number used to limit the points amassed by those higher in the standings is recommended to be equal to the average number of competitors in all races in the series to give the best compromise between rewarding attendance and performance. Reducing the number emphasizes attendance, whilst increasing it emphasizes performance. Average race attendances have been 13 boats per race in 2012 and 14 boats per race in 2013.

To help illustrate the effect of this the 2013 club champion results have been recalculated using this method to show how it would have change the final standings using 14 as the predefined number.

Click on the link below the image to open a PDF copy which will be easier to read.

Ostrobogulous League 2013

PDF file : The Ostrobogulous League 2013

The obvious change is that we would have had a different champion in 2013, but it is also obvious that the number of races completed by a helm has less impact on their position with a number of the Scorpion helms for example gaining significant places in the overall standings. Overall it does appear to give a better overall result than the scoring system used this year.

The change to this scoring system will be put before the memberships at the 2014 AGM for a vote; the predefined number for the scoring would be 14 based on the previous 2 years racing attendance.

Thoughts and comments are welcome via the AGM Forum.

Jon Edwards

I started messing about in boats at school, did my National Elementary Dayboat Certificate (a predecessor of the current level 2) in 1980 and have carried on ever since. My first sail at Shotwick Lake was back in '91 and I've been a member for the majority of the years since. My boat owning history is very simple; I don't do "narrow" as testified to by an International Moth, 2 Merlin Rockets and 2 RS300's, all of which are between 6' 7" (2m) & 7' 5" (2.25m) wide! But that said I'll sail almost anything and have in most cases, including the Laser, Laser 2000, Topper, Solo, Wanderer, Albacore, Wayfarer, RS400, RS100, RS700, 59er, Pico, Laser 4000, RS Vareo, Enterprise, Scorpion ..... Racing is very much my thing in all its forms, whether it is around the cans at Shotwick, the Merlin Rocket nationals around Olympic triangle courses with 1 1/2 mile beats, the Lord Birkett on Ullswater (200 boats; 19 miles) or the Round the Isle of Sheppey race (32 miles) with the unique feature of having to capsize the boat to get it under the bridge. I've even managed to fit in team racing in Pico's too! And as I advance in age I've even ventured in to yachting, doing the round the Island race on a couple of occasions. This is an annual race around the Isle of Wight with up to 1,500 yachts of all shapes and size participating.