The Pecking Order!
For those of us amongst the membership who race on a regular basis we all have an idea of the pecking order when it comes to who the best sailors are in the fleet. But are we right in our perceptions? Do the numbers agree? What do the numbers reveal about the relative performances of the various fleets e.g. Solo’s verses Lasers verses Scorpions?
The following graphs shows the average performance numbers for each helm and boat class combination as a percentage of the boats Portsmouth Yardstick based on the actual race results from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Helm and boat combinations which have completed less than 4 races in a season or have a percentage result higher than 125% have been excluded from the results shown.
Click on the links below the images to open a PDF copy which will be easier to read.
So lets start with “The Pecking Order!” –
PDF file : The Pecking Order 2013
And follow up with the detailed analysis of the numbers generated by the individual years race results.
The following legend explains how to interpret the following graphs.
It is the “average excluding values outside the +/- 1.645 x standard deviations” values which were used to generate the numbers shown in the pecking order above, as this removes the impact of any outliers e.g. races where you got becalmed whilst the rest of the fleet sailed away or vice versa.
PDF file : Race Performance stats 2012
PDF file : Race Performance stats 2013
The data shown above forms the basis for the on going evaluation of the handicap numbers used by the club during racing, and the revised handicaps proposed for 2014 will be based on the analysis of these results. These will be posted on the website in the New Year after the analysis is completed.