1. For each race:
- Calculate the average corrected time across all competitors
- Work out the handicap that a competitor would have to use to be corrected to the average time.
2. Average the personal handicaps across the 12 races in the series, to get a single PH for the series.
3. Remove competitors who sailed less than 4 races.
And here are the results (crews names omitted to get on one page, sorry crews):
By way of example, if Andy Gould's ISO sailed off 809 - which lets face it is a reasonable handicap for the ISO - he would have finished (on average) mid-fleet for the H&H series.
Having made these calculations, the question is whether they are actually useful or not. The only practical use that I can see are :
- For an individual races, if these personal handicaps were used to calculate results, it would allow sailors to assess whether they had a good race relative to their previous performance. Not an exact measure as the mix of boats in the fleet changes race by race, but a good indication. And perhaps encouraging for those who aren't at the top of the results sheet.
- Over time, if an individuals performance improves relative to the fleet, you would expect a decrease in personal handicap. So for those racing regularly in handicap fleets, it might be a good way to see whether training pays off.