Cat44 Sailor of the year Rules and Explanations

Following a growing interest in the club to promote our local fort Lauderdale beach racing, and to encourage attendance and participation, we have come up with a concept to crown the Cat44 Sailor of the Year. This will be a floating trophy that will be awarded at the end of each calendar year.

Please note that the Sailor of the Year is intended as a fun series. However with the competitive nature of our fine club sailors, it is likely to become pretty heated on occasion. Conduct yourselves in a sportsmanlike manner and keep a smile on your face. We will not accept any protests. All standard racing rules apply

 

Basic Rules

  • Over early even if slightly - must restart

  • 60 second start rule applies - you may not be over the line in the 60 seconds prior to the start.

  • No dip starts are allowed

  • Touch any markers or other sailors - 360 turn

  • Force any starboard boats to take evasive action - 360 turn

Dick Russell, our esteemed Race Committee Chairman has come up with a simple but very effective formula which will result in the crowing of the Cat44 Sailor of the Year.

The Formula


The Sailor of the Year will comprise 3 SERIES, each with its own winner. These SERIES are approximately 17 weeks each, and sailors will only need to compete in 5 EVENTS per series in order to qualify. A Winner for each series will be announced at the end of each series. This will help to break down the year into more manageable bite sized pieces, and will keep interest high.

Races will be held on Fort Lauderdale beach as usual on Sundays. A minimum of 4 boats is required in order for the points to count towards the Sailor of the Year.

Each Sunday will be an EVENT. The Race Committee Chairman has the discretion to run one, two, three or even more races. The event score will be derived from your totaled results for the whole day. In the case of sailors with the same score, the sailor with the most wins, the most 2nds etc. will be given the nod. In the event that this does not break the tie, the sailor who has the best finishes in the last race of the day will be determined the winner.

Sailors will take their BEST 5 EVENT performances out of each series in order to determine their position in the SERIES. In the case of sailors with the same score, the sailor with the most wins, the most 2nds etc. will be given the nod. In the event that both sailors have equal scores and equal race results, the sailor with the best position in the last race of the day will be given the win. In the event that this does not break the tie, the sailor who has the best finishes in other series races will be determined the winner.

Please note that the annual Commodores Cup will not be part of the scoring to determine the Sailor of the Year - the Commodores Cup will retain its hallowed independent status as THE ultimate Cat44 Award.

 

Points Scoring


Points will be awarded as follows. 1st place = 1point , 2nd place = 2 points etc.

Lowest Points total wins for the day.

Points Ties will be broken for each event, series and final overall result by counting the number of highest place finishes - i.e. the number of 1st place finishes, 2nd place finishes and so on.

IMPORTANT NOTE

In order to encourage skippers to take crew when they race, and to get new sailors into the sport, we are implementing a scoring system that penalizes solo skippers. If you sail a race SOLO, you will get your points multiplied x 1.5.

For example if you sail solo and you finish 2nd, you will get 2x1.5 = 3 points. Had you sailed with a crew, you would have received 2 points. This has been introduced at ROUND 3 and does not affect rounds one or two.

DSQ - If you start a race and are DSq'd for being over way too early, hitting an obstacle, or other boat and not doing the mandatory 360, then you will get the (last finisher points +1)

DNF - Its unlikely that we will have any Did Not Finish (DNF) but in that event, the DNF sailor will get the (last finisher points +1).

DNS - Sailors that Did not Start, (DNS) automatically get the (highest points + 1).  For instance if only 6 boats competed in Round 1, all no shows automatically get (6+1)=7 points. If there were solo skippers that that finished in last position, say 5th, the last skipper would get 5x1.5=7.5 pts. The DNS skippers would get 7.5 +1 = 8.5 pts