Successful trial of new National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC)

Pwllheli

Sailing Club put the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) new handicap scheme for

cruiser racing to the test over a freezing cold and windy weekend.

Following

a talk by Mike Urwin, RORC Technical Director, in the region, the sailing club

decided to run its Easter racing under both IRC and the new NHC with racing

being dual scored under each scheme.

With

a snow covered Snowdonia forming the backdrop, some sailors were put off by the

force seven conditions but a healthy fleet including some newcomers ventured

out.

The NHC replaces the Portland Yardstick (PY) racing for cruisers and aims to give clubs a uniform scheme that can be easily adopted for their racing.

The

smiles on the faces of the Pwllheli

SC sailors as they returned to the club bar certainly

confirmed that a blast was had by all, but what of the results and handicaps?

Stephen

Tudor, Honoury Secretary for the club said: ‘It is early days to see how

the new NHC pans out but for the purposes of this weekend it was perfect. It

provided a quick handicap that could be used by all and we all certainly

enjoyed the weekend using it.

 ‘Pwllheli will

continue to run dual scored IRC and NHC racing throughout 2013 and it is

anticipated that the RYA’s National Handicap for Cruisers will encourage new

entrants to racing in Pwllheli.’

Bas

Edmonds, RYA Technical Manager, added: ‘It is great to see that after a winter

of hard work developing NHC it is starting to be used, and from the outset, at

the start of the season, it is proving successful.

 ‘Pwllheli Sailing

club has really embraced the concept that both the RYA and the RORC Rating

Office are promoting, which is a two tiered handicap scheme, which caters for

those beginning their racing careers and those wishing to take it more

seriously.

 ‘As sailing seasons

around the country are being kicked off we expect to see a rise in the number

of NHC races being sailed and hopefully more happy sailors in the clubs.’

For

more information about NHC visit www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/NHC.aspxor contact the RYA

Technical Department – technical@rya.org.uk