Calm seas, with a nice fleet turnout, highlighted this weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta. With a moderate breeze of 15 knots out of the southwest, rising to a fresh breeze of 18 knots during the second race, The North Sea regions were generally behaved for most as two DNFs (Did Not Finish) were recorded on the day. The first DNF, occurring during the first race, was attributed to a skipper crashing to her desktop in the middle of a region. The second DNF, occurring during the second race, was from a skipper crashing while she crossed over region corners. The crowds that gathered on the lighthouse observation deck on the island in the Ziziphus region, as well as on the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier and small race dock in the Eden Jakana region, were thrilled by an electric display of fleet racing from this weeks skippers. This weeks fleet, sailing on the North Sea Manta and North Sea Manta Reverse courses, was made up of a majority of eight Bandit 22 LTEs. Two Bandit IFs, split evenly at one crewed and one single-handed respectively, rounded out this weeks Bandit fleet.
With the publication of these results, comes the completion of the North Sea Standard Yearly Adjustment. All handicaps in today’s regatta are from the new adjustment. After two previous years of changes, The North Sea Standard1 stayed steady this time at 0:10:30, with no change from last year. The largest refactoring came from the The Mesh Shop (TMS) Flying Shadow increasing to 1.09 from 1.03, placing it on par with the TMS Nacra 17, also up to 1.09 from 1.08. Likewise, the crewed TMS Flying Shadow also increases to 1.36, up from 1.32. North Sea Olympic Course (Long), the course the North Sea Standard is based on, was used 35 times in 2022, with the winning time of each race added to the data the standard is based on. From those 35 races, 287 finishing times were used to help update or reinforce the handicap values of more than 31 boats in our table. For more info, as well as a link to the Google Sheet used to calculate everything, please see North Sea Handicap Table.
1 The North Sea Standard is the average sailing time of all race winners on North Sea Olympic Course (Long) racing with a 225° (SW) 18 knot wind. This is the time that all handicaps on the North Sea Handicap Table are weighted against.
Race Director: Cryptic
Assistant Race Directors: Daenerys, and Tamarushka
Wind: SW (225°) 15kts
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Emileigh (Emileigh Starbrook), with Moon (moonglownight Resident) second, and Zimtzicke (Nicole Myhre) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate and to the SLCG for helping with race duties.
Emilio (emiliopc7 Resident) was disqualified (DSQ) during the second race for sailing an incorrect course, missing the last course mark, the blue buoy in the Sapote region.
Alejandro (Boogie Aeghin) and Rayz (Rayzza Rubble) finished tied with 11 points. As they both have duplicate finishes, Rule A8.2 of Appendix A, Scoring, 2021 – 2024 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.“
|Skipper||Race 1||Race 2|
In the last race, Alejandro breaks the tie with Rayz with his fifth place finish over Rayz’s sixth place finish.
Julia (Geneer Gynoid) and Emilio (emiliopc7 Resident) both finished tied with 13 points. Rule A8.1 of Appendix A, Scoring, 2021 – 2024 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If there is a series score tie between two or more boats, each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat(s) with the best score(s). No excluded scores shall be used.“
|Skipper||Best Finish||Next Best Finish|
With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Julia’s favor with having a third place finish over Emilio’s fourth place finish as his best.