Someone needs to go ove the corected time issue befor the W32guys get a big head
and start bragging all over again..
Sometimes certain boats fall withing the numbers and correct out higher as with downwind runs..
Because the design of the boat is so old and the numbers have been on the books
for so long, its very hard for YRA to modify the numbers to reflect new sail materials and design.. which will make an old boat out-run its numbers..
An example of this is the Catalina
22 with a SF rating of 270 which was established back in the 70s.. with numbers of 40 years old its hard to have them modified and with new materials for sails
, rod rigging
, fairing compounds, a C22 can run in the numbers down around 220.. Its a way to cheat the numbers.. The same is true about the early Santana, the J22, and a good number of the boats built in the same era.
I know this as I raced a C22 , and a J22 for a number of years and would often correct out above many newer racers..
When you understand how the PHRF numbers work, you'll realize how much easier it is to win a race with a slow boat, than it is with a racer
a simple discription of corrected time is as follows..
If my slow boat is rated at 260 and your faster boat is rated at 200, thats a 60 second handicap I have per mile over you or 1 minute per mile.. over a 10 mile race, I can come in 9 minutes and 59 seconds behind you, BUT I correct out 1 second faster than you for the race..
so even thou I'm behind you, I'm still in front of you..
and the numbers are set for "Around the mark" times so a downwind run gives the slower boat an advantage..
Figure the miles across the pacific and the down wind run.. the W32 has a big advantage by the numbers