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2015 St Barths Bucket: Class Breaks

 

Updated 19 March 2015

Comments from the Race Chairman...

We are pleased to be able to post the preliminary class breaks for the 2015 edition of the St Barths Bucket.

In the interest of safe sailing and fair racing, we have retained the meaningful changes to the racing format that debuted in 2013 in St Barths' racing format this year. If you were not racing with us these past two years it is worth understanding these changes in the context of a new emphasis on 'class racing'. We use the same controls that we use to bring the finishes together, to separate them.  This retains the excitement of traditional pursuit racing format, and structures the racing to have each class finish together (as opposed to the entire fleet).  All yachts share the same start and finish line and sail the assigned course for their specific class.  The rating authority and race committee will structure the starting times, such that the four classes will finish at different times – the gap between class finishes will likely be approximately 10 minutes.

We ask that participating yacht owners, captains and afterguard members assess the class breaks in the context of the facts and considerations that I share with you in this letter. As always, we welcome your feedback and comments, but will ask that only the yacht owner's designated representative contact us with questions or comments.

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ST BARTHS BUCKET CLASS BREAKS

22 March 2015 1230 - ORCsy Med-Flat Updated with all changes since 19 Mar post and indicated by *

  Yacht RIG BUILDER DESIGNER ORCsy
Med-Flat
LOA (m) Max
Draft (m)
(mt)
Displ
DLR Draft/
Length
SA/Disp
Up
SA/Disp
Down

A - Les GAZELLES des Mers (7 yachts)

Visione Sloop Baltic R/P 281.4 44.9 6.7 126.6 61.1 0.17 35.9 68.4
  Win Win Sloop Baltic Jaudenes 313.9 33.0 5.5 84.5 80.1 0.18 30.9 65.9
  Better Place Sloop Wally Tripp 332.4* 50.5 6.6 278.1 81.2 0.14 27.0 56.3
  Ghost Sloop Vitters Luca Brenta 321.5 37.2 4.9 135.3 99.5 0.15 25.5 56.1
Inoui Sloop Vitters Briand 324.7 33.4 5.4 92.1 91.7 0.18 28.8 64.7
P2 Sloop Perini Briand 333.0 38.1 5.5 149.8 100.8 0.16 25.7 51.7
Rainbow Sloop HJB Dykstra 353.2 40.0 4.8 168.7 227.4 0.17 25.1 45.9
  Yacht RIG BUILDER DESIGNER ORCsy
Med-Flat
LOA (m) Max
Draft (m)
(mt)
Displ
DLR Draft/
Length
SA/Disp
Up
SA/Disp
Down

B - Les ELEGANTES des Mers (8 yachts)

Ganesha Sloop Vitters Dubois 327.8 45.9 6.6 259.6 104.1 0.16 26.4 52.5
Lady B Sloop Vitters Dubois 331.0 44.7 6.0 238.8 107.5 0.15 24.9 47.7
  Elfje Ketch Royal Huisman Hoek 331.5 46.4 7.1 250 124.3 0.18 27.5 51.5
  Rebecca Ketch Pendennis Frers 344.7 42.4 4.8 174.4 119.7 0.14 30.2 45.0
Marie Ketch Vitters Hoek 366.7* 54.6 5.0 328.9 148.3 0.13 26.6 48.1
Adela Schooner Pendennis Rest. Dykstra 394.0* 44.6 4.9 281 195.3 0.14 26.2 50.1
  Bella Ragazza Sloop Vitters Dubois 404.5 43.1 4.3 236.3 137.9 0.12 22.1 36.6
Koo (non spin.) Sloop Vitters Dubois 445.9* 43.1 4.4 255.9 145.1 0.12 22.7 37.6
  Yacht RIG BUILDER DESIGNER ORCsy
Med-Flat
LOA (m) Max
Draft (m)
(mt)
Displ
DLR Draft/
Length
SA/Disp
Up
SA/Disp
Down

C - Les MADEMOISELLES des Mers (11 yachts)

Windfall Sloop Southern Wind R/P 345.4 28.6 4.6 59 87.4 0.17 30.2 59.8
Varsovie Sloop Swan Frers 362.6 30.5 4.1 86 120.7 0.15 25.7 48.4
  Freya Sloop Swan Frers 363.3 27.7 4.1 67 111.3 0.16 24.7 49.3
Cape Arrow Sloop Southern Wind Farr-Nauta 363.3 30.2 4.0 68.8 100.8 0.15 26.3 49.3
  Sunleigh (non spin.) Sloop Jongert Castro 417.3* 33.0 5.4   162.3 0.19 23.6 23.6
Lush Sloop Oyster Marine Humphreys 409.5* 26.1 3.5 76.7 156.0 0.14 21.2 40.7
  Moonbird Sloop Fitzroy Dubois 381.6 37.2 4.0 163 142.1 0.13 21.1 44.2
  Drumfire Sloop Bloesma Hoek 454.1 24.0 3.2 52 280.1 0.19 23.7 41.1
Bequia Yawl Brooklin BY Stephens 449.3* 27.7 2.8 68 240.9 0.14 19.6 40.9
Wavelength Sloop Pendennis Holland 470.4 27.2 3.1 81 234.5 0.15 18.1 30.9
Altair Sloop Derecktor S&S 508.5 29.2 2.5 87 194.4 0.11 16.4 32.6
  Yacht RIG BUILDER DESIGNER ORCsy
Med-Flat
LOA (m) Max
Draft (m)
(mt)
Displ
DLR Draft/
Length
SA/Disp
Up
SA/Disp
Down

D - Les GRANDES DAMES des Mers (9 yachts)

State of Grace Sloop Perini Navi Holland 412.5* 40.0 9.1* 233 153.8   16.0 32.9
  Elena of London Schooner Herrschoff Naval Marin 418.8 41.5 5.0 188 232.7 0.18 33.0 54.7
Axia Ketch Palmer Johnson S&S 418.9 37.6 4.8 155 162.3 0.16 20 36.3
Seahawk Ketch Perini Navi Holland 443.0 58.6 11.8* 569 123.9 0.08 19.1 33.6
  Thalia Ketch Vitters Holland 463.1 48.5 4.0 323 176.3 0.11 18.3 32.2
Meteor Schooner Royal Huisman Dykstra 464.3 45.7 4.3 297 180.5 0.12 23.9 42.2
  Rosehearty Ketch Perini Navi Holland 473.9 55.9 9.7* 527 147.1 0.08 19.4 34.6
Parsifal III Ketch Perini Navi Holland 474.0 53.8 4.5 428 136.2 0.10 20.7 42.2
Zenji Ketch Perini Navi Holland 483.7 56.0 9.7* 545 152.0 0.08 18.6 29.8

* Centerboard yachts

BACKGROUND

We recognize that getting class breaks correct can be as important to good racing as proper handicapping. There are a number of factors that are taken into account when assigning the class breaks including rating bands, speed potential, displacement/length ratio, sail area/displacement ratios, etc. And there are, of course, some limiting factors from a race management standpoint, such as the number and type of yachts entered and practical class size. We publish these preliminary class breaks after considerable analysis and dialogue with our race management team and the ORC.

One of our goals, based on feedback from participating owners, is to provide 'like racing' — that is to have yachts which perform in a similar fashion in a variety of different conditions - race together. That is difficult to do in some instances given how disparate many of the superyachts are, but it is an important consideration. There are a number of factors we take into account in our effort to make this happen — even if it means expanding the rating bands. A boat's Sail Area/ Displacement Ratio (both the upwind & downwind numbers) and Displacement/Length Ratio (DLR) are three key factors that come into play.

Determining class breaks solely on handicap would be a simple task, look tidy on the scratch sheet, and in some cases result in tighter rating bands. But this would not provide 'like racing' and the quality class competition that superyacht owners are looking for in St Barths.

2015 CONSIDERATIONS / ISSUES

On any given year there are unique considerations and limitations concerning class breaks and this year is no exception:

  • There will be 36 yachts racing in St Barths - all handicapped under the Offshore Racing Congress' new superyacht rule (ORCsy);
  • Once again, it is a disparate fleet featuring sloops, schooners and ketches, with LOA ranging from 27-59 metres, displacement between 52-570 metric tons, and a speed differential from the fastest to slowest yacht in fleet over 3 minutes per mile;
  • The yachts will be divided into 4 classes (with preliminary breaks as follows):
    • Les Gazelles des Mers               7 yachts
    • Les Elegantes des Mers             8 yachts
    • Les Mademoiselles des Mers      11 yachts
    • Les Grandes Dames des Mers    9 yachts
  • As was the case last year, racing will feature the popular pursuit racing format with a focus on class racing. The handicapper (ORC) will use the same controls to separate the classes. The racing will be structured such that each class finishes together (as opposed to the entire fleet), with classes staggered by approximately 10 minutes.

As always, we welcome your feedback. We are reluctant to make last minute changes to class assignments, hence timely feedback is requested.

We look forward to seeing everyone later this month and to the prospects of more great racing in St Barths.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Craig
Race Chairman