New Handicaps

A new HKPN is determined by:

    • reference to existing rating schemes or
    • reference to a yacht’s previous race results or
    • comparison with other yachts on the HKPN list.

New HKPNs are issued assuming that a yacht is reasonably well sailed and prepared. If these two criteria are not met, a new HKPN may seem slightly harsh. Once a yacht starts racing, her HKPN will quickly change to match her actual performance. A new HKPN takes no account of crew experience and is based on a yacht’s potential performance.

A base handicap of 1050 shall apply for the first race entered on a J80 by any skipper.

Reference to existing rating schemes

New HKPNs may be determined by reference to a rating typical for a yacht under rating schemes such as IRC, Echo, PHRF or the RYA National Handicap for Cruisers.

INITIAL HKPN = 1000 / (TCF x F Factor)

DESCRIPTION

F FACTOR

CLASSIC CRUISERS

1.0

CRUISERS

1.025

CLASSIC PERFORMANCE CRUISERS

1.050

PERFORMANCE CRUISERS

1.1

SPORTS BOATS

1.125

RACING YACHTS

1.1

TCF = Time Correction Factor. TCF (converted from PHRF) = 650 / (550 + PHRF)

Reference to a yacht’s previous race results

If a yacht has already raced, previous race times may be used to determine her HKPN.

Comparison with other yachts on the HKPN list

For yachts with little or no performance data such as classic yachts or multi-hulls the judgment of the HKPN Committee will determine a new HKPN.