Here we go! The most recent PHRF Handicaps, including a few new boats, and some tighter numbers!
In the last few weeks, despite some pretty terrible grid-crossing conditions, a group of stalwart skippers added more hotlaps scores to the PHRF database. Thanks to:
Gemma Vuckovic, Francois Jacques, Carmen Foden, joro Aya, Garrick Diesel, Justbent Clarity, Heidi Stiglitz, Angus Moonwall, Dunan Wilder, Chaos Mandelbrot, Cory Copeland, LDeWell Hawker, Oliphant Ming, Julia Ceres, Liv Leigh, Triton Sands, Hal Burnstein, Blackbird Latte, Argus Farman, Vin Mariani, Rodman Mapholisto, Alain Gloster, Jane Fossett, nobuko Criss, Allie Tomsen, Angus Moonwall, Bunnie Mills, CS Price, Emme Eales, Jehan Jameson, Liv Leigh, Naeve Rossini, Nomad Zamani, Reven Fhang, Quirky Torok, Isis Rexie, Everest Piek, Arrekusu Muromachi and Masahisa Greenwood.
Here’s the new table, and it follows the same format and conventions as previous ones. (Note: I updated the tables below on August 12 based on Lance’s suggestion to post alphabetical and performance-sorted versions. Bosth are shown below. I’ve also color-coded the boat names, based on the wind engine.)
Compared to the last update in early June, the numbers are more consistent and seem to be falling in line with the results from 2008 PHRF (where available). Thanks to Live Leigh, we’ve added a new boat too, the Catfish 33 catamaran. We need to get numbers from other skippers on it, but my guess is Liv’s PHRF lap probably hit it on the nose for this boat: Her lap came in with a perfect, corrected Handicap score of of 1.00 for the new fishy cat!
The JMO-60 is also new on the PHRF list, coming in with an average Madaket lap time of 8:55 and an adjusted handicap of 1.32. This makes the JMO-60 comparable racing to the RCJ-44, as predicted by the very similar polar plot results for the two boats. All three WildWind boats so far tested (RCJ-44, JMO-60, and VOJ-70) prove extremely fast, particularly compared to other boats powered by ‘apparent wind’ tested at Madaket (such as the Shelly, Catfish, and Trudeau Twenty family).
The Wildwind’s strong showing on lap testing appears to be partly due to the way it handles Apparent Wind.
There are three different kinds of wind most sailors think about, whether they sail in Real Life or in Second Life.