beating the rules is and has been a major part of handicap racing
.. For over 4 years I took a Modified Catalina
22 MKll (new boat) with a Capri keel
and an expermental rudder
to boat of the year with the Yacht Club and high in the numbers in Offshore
We did this as the stock C22 was rated at 270.. in the first round of racing
, YRA bumped me 6 seconds per mile on the keel
and 3 seconds on the wider beam of the boat.. for over 4 years, YRA kept hacking at the numbers until they had me down around 180.. at that point the advantage was gone so I sold the boat..
Another boat on the market is the old J22.. with numbers "set in stone" the boat can be upgraded with kevlar sails
, rod rigging
, and a number of other things without affecting the handicap.. and pushed slightly, will deliver 1st overall constently..