Here is the history of the rankings:
The Road Warrior rankings are a simple system of scoring every sailor at every regatta. The system works as follows:
- At each regatta the finish of each sailor is recorded.
- If sailor A finishes 1st and sailor B finishes 6th, than sailor A receives 1 point, and sailor B gets 6 points.
- If sailor C did not attend the event, sailor C receives last plus one spot.
So if 17 boats were at the regatta, sailor C gets 18 points because they did not attend. This process is done for the entire season, so a sailor’s score is their finishes at all the regatta’s they sailed plus last + 1 for all the regatta’s they did not sail. That gives the sailor their total score.
Missing bigger events hurts more than smaller events. For example, at this years Nationals there was 59 boats, so sailors that did not attend received 60 points.
The Team Rankings work much the same as the Road Warrior except the top four boats are scored at every regatta for every Club. If a Club had no boats show up then all four boats get last + 1.
For example, if no boats from your Club attended Nationals this year, your Club received 60 points for all four boats. So your team total would be 240 points at that event. If your Club had one boat attend and it finished 21st then the Club’s score would be 21 points for the boat that sailed and 60 points for the three boats that did not, a total of 201 points.
If a Club has more than four boats that sailed, only the top four finishes are the Clubs score.
One important note: If your Club does have more then four boats sail, it still helps the Club because even though the only the top four are scored, the extra boats add points to any club that did not sail, or any boat from another Club that they beat that is being scored in their top four. So this system rewards Clubs that both have large turnouts and also sail well.
Each year we crown a National Points Champion based off of each skipper’s best three regatta scores. The “points” for each regatta are determined by the final place in the regatta multiplied by a weighting factor which represents the degree of difficulty. The weighting factor of a regatta is calculated by a formula which considers the number of boats, number of fleets, number of races, and the number of competitors who were in the Top 25, 25-65, & 65+ of National Points last year.
However, the Nationals regatta is always scored the same without a weighting factor. Therefore, first place at C nationals gets 1 point, second gets 2 points, and so on. For example, this in 2010 the ILYA Invite was proven to be the most difficult regatta so far during the season. There were 55 sailors, 18 fleets, 7 races sailed, 18 sailors from the top 25 of last year’s National Points, 13 sailors from 25-65, and 16 sailors who ranked 65+. Given all of these factors, Scott Tarmann was awarded .51 points for his win at Beulah. Paul Reilly was awarded 1.04 points for second place. Thus, Paul’s second place at the C-Invite awarded him almost the same points as Andy Burdick’s 1 point for winning Nationals.
National Points is a great way to recognize the skipper that had the “best” sailing season. It promotes competitive regattas no matter where or how “challenging” the lake is. Finally, it encourages people to sail at least three regattas.