2009 PY numbers

RYA to publish the latest figures at the RYA Dinghy Show this weekend

Wednesday March 4th 2009, Author: Ellie Williamson, Location: United Kingdom
The RYA’s publication of the new numbers for the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme is a sure sign that another action packed racing season is upon us after a long hard winter.

This year the Portsmouth Numbers (PN) will be published at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009, held at Alexandra Palace this weekend (7-8th March 2009).

The PN list provided a fair indication of boats measures up against other classes of dinghy. The 2009 list was put together based on data collected throughout 2008 so won't yet benefit from the new improved system for collating results implemented in January this year.

Change is, however, on the way: the RYA’s introduction of a new web based results service will make the Yardstick a much more fluid system. Clubs that have signed up to the new results analysis system will benefit from continuously adjusted handicaps being returned via the website over the course of the season.

This data will then be drawn together at the end of this year and will be used to draw up the 2010 PN List, more accurately reflecting what is happening on waters up and down the country.

The RYA’s Technical co-ordinator for racing, Bas Edmonds, has been working hard to introduce the new system. He explained: “This season promises to be the most revolutionary in the Portsmouth Yardstick’s illustrious history.

“Around 150 clubs have registered interest in the new web based results analysis scheme which, over the coming season, will provide us with much more detailed results and will also afford those clubs the luxury of adjusting handicaps as the season progresses.

“This means that, although we start the season very much ‘as you were’ in terms of Portsmouth Numbers, by the end of the season we will have the most detailed set of results ever collated and that should mean a more accurate handicapping system.”
You can pick up your copy of the freshly published Portsmouth Numbers by visiting Bas Edmonds on the RYA stand in the Panorama Hall of the show or by downloading them from the RYA website at the following link http://www.rya.org.uk/KnowledgeBase/technical/Pages/pys.aspx

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