Sailboat Handicapping


Sailboat handicapping is not a new thing. In fact, it is in vogue from the later part of the 19th century. It can show the intent and spirit of a handicap racing system. On a fair and equitable basis, it is a great way to promote sailboat racing of different designs. Handicapping is a method which allows for negating the varying abilities of different competitors so that everybody has equal chances of winning a game in sports like golf, basketball, horse racing, sailboat racing and alike.

It is not to be confused with the disability of a handicapped person. Generally, a disabled person is the one who suffers from different kinds of disabilities like,  hearing disabilities, learning disability, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, reading disabilities and alike. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Deafness are some other disabilities. But, sports handicapping such as sailboat handicapping is different. Handicappers do the job of determining the handicaps that will be placed on competitors. Such a person makes predictions about the outcome of races or games.

You can use different kinds of information from experts, to place handicaps on the outcome of a game in the NFL, NBA, College basketball, and NHL. For example, in horse racing, a person known as the handicapper does the job of assigning different odds to different horses in order to predict the winner. You can use the information from the handicappers to place bets in horse racing.

In sailboat racing, under handicapping formula, time is added to the faster boats' actual elapsed time. This is a great way to give opportunities to the best boat, to win the race. The winner may not be the fastest one but the one who performs better. In US today, the three handicapping systems below are the most widely used. They are, PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet), IRC (IRChannel), and International RuleClub (IRC).