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2016 St Barths Bucket: Preliminary Class Breaks

and ORCsy Rating Allowances

 

Version 3 Updated 16 March, 2016

Comments from the Race Chairman...

We are pleased to be able to post Version 3of the preliminary class breaks for the 2016 edition of the St Barths Bucket. It includes key measurement information providedby ORC.

In the interest of safe sailing and fair racing, we have retained the meaningful changes to the racing format that debuted in 2013 (posted here). If you were not racing with us these past few years it is worth understanding these changes in the context of a new emphasis on ‘class racing’.

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 I will ask that only the yacht owner’s designated representative contact us with any questions or comments.

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, the SYRA 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 achieve in some instances given how disparate many of these 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. 

2016 CONSIDERATIONS / ISSUES
On any given year there are unique considerations and limitations concerning class breaks and this year is no exception:

  • There will be 39 yachts racing in St Barths - all handicapped under the Offshore Racing Congress’ superyacht rule (ORCsy);
  • Once again, it is a disparate fleet featuring sloops, schooners and ketches, with LOA ranging from 23 - 90 metres, displacement between 23-550 metric tons, and a speed differential from the fastest to slowest yacht in fleet of over 6 minutes per mile!;
  • The three J Class yachts will start first (as they did in 2013) with a conventional fleet start. They will be followed by the pursuit fleet which will be divided into five classes (with preliminary breaks as follows):
    • A - Les Gazelles des Mers            
    • B - Les Elegantes des Mers            
    • C - Les Femmes des Mers        
    • D - Les Mademoiselles des Mers    
    • E - Les Grandes Dames des Mers
    • 7 yachts
    • 6 yachts
    • 7 yachts
    • 7 yachts
    • 9 yachts
  • As has been the Bucket tradition, it will be the popular pursuit racing format with a focus on class racing in 2016. 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 8-10 minutes (gap will depend on courses/wind strength). 

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

I look forward to seeing everyone later this month and to the prospects of more spectacular Bucket racing.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Craig
Race Chairman

2016 ORCsy Rating Allowances - 18 March, 2016 (pdf) Ammended

2016 St Barths Bucket: Preliminary Class Breaks - posted 16 March, 2016

A - Les Gazelles des Mers 
Yachts (7) Rig Builder Designer ORCsy Light-Med Flat LOA Displ Max Draft DLR Draft / Length SA Up / Displ SA Down/ Disp
VISIONE Sloop Baltic Reichel-Pugh 297.7 44.9 124866 6.7 60.6 0.17 37.7 77.9
GALATEIA Sloop Vitters / Green Marine R-P/Wally 305.0 30.5 53702 6.2 57.5 0.21 45.4 95.4
HETAIROS Ketch Baltic Dykstra NA 308.6 59.9 321986 9.2 67.7 0.18 34.0 79.6
UNFURLED Sloop Vitters Frers 322.9 46.1 262835 6.4 93.5 0.15 29.0 59.2
NILAYA Sloop Baltic Reichel-Pugh 338.1 34.1 89486 5.5 80.9 0.18 30.1 63.7
SAMURAI Ketch CMN / Huisfit Elliott 339.5 42.3 92116 6.5 39.7 0.16 41.4 88.3
INOUI Sloop Vitters Briand 342.7 33.4 87406 5.3 89.4 0.18 30.8 67.0
 
B - Les Elegantes des Mers 
Yachts (6) Rig Builder Designer ORCsy Light-Med Flat LOA Displ Max Draft DLR Draft / Length SA Up / Displ SA Down/ Disp
LADY B Sloop Vitters Dubois NA 334.3 44.7 227455 5.9 100.5 0.15 26.6 49.3
GANESHA Sloop Vitters Dubois NA 338.1 45.9 269288 6.7 105.9 0.16 25.6 51.1
P2 Sloop Perin Navi Briand 347.3 38.2 153954 5.5 102.2 0.16 25.2 50.8
CAVALLO Sloop Baltic Judel/Vrolijk 356.9 42.9 181083 6.0 98.4 0.16 24.1 50.9
REBECCA Ketch Pendennis Frers 362.2 42.4 169295 4.8 118.0 0.14 25.5 48.6
WISP Sloop R.Huisman Hoek Design 395.4 47.7 244876 4.5 183.7 0.13 24.3 47.3
 
C - Les Femmes des Mers 
Yachts (7) Rig Builder Designer ORCsy Light-Med Flat LOA Displ Max Draft DLR Draft / Length SA Up / Displ SA Down/ Disp
HYPERION Sloop R. Huisman Frers 410.9 47.4 333048 5.0 146.2 0.13 18.5 39.6
TENAZ Sloop Pendennis Dubois NA 438.0 39.0 182101 3.6 148.8 0.11 17.2 37.4
BELLA RAGAZZA Sloop Vitters Dubois NA 444.5 43.1 258108 4.4 146.0 0.12 17.7 34.8
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S&S 457.3 37.6 168922 4.9 169.3 0.16 19.3 34.3
GENEVIEVE Sloop Alloy Yachts Dubois NA 460.9 37.0 183980 3.5 170.6 0.11 17.1 32.0
SURAMA Ketch R. Huisman Hood 460.9 40.6 265430 7.0 237.5 0.22 16.4 34.7
BLUE TOO Ketch Alloy Yachts Holland  464.6 34.0 132578 3.6 199.5 0.14 18.3 41.1
 
D - Les Mademoiselles des Mers 
Yachts (7) Rig Builder Designer ORCsy Light-Med Flat LOA Displ Max Draft DLR Draft / Length SA Up / Displ SA Down/ Disp
WINDFALL Sloop Southern Wind Reichel-Pugh 356.7 28.6 59365 4.6 87.5 0.17 29.5 58.8
VARSOVIE Sloop Nautor Swan Frers 381.8 30.2 92330 4.2 125.6 0.15 25.0 47.2
FREYA Sloop Nautor Swan Frers 389.3 27.7 66288 4.1 110.5 0.16 24.2 49.2
EMMALINE Sloop HJB Dykstra NA 433.6 27.6 84235 4.4 186.9 0.19 24.3 38.2
WILD HORSES Sloop Brooklin Joel White 451.5 23.3 26406 3.4 177.0 0.21 23.2 50.9
BEQUIA Yawl Brooklin Stephens 484.6 27.7 81010 3.0 250.3 0.14 17.1 41.0
ALEXA OF LONDON Sloop YBM Ltd YS Strawinski 486.8 32.0 133573 7.3 283.6 0.31 23.8 15.1
 
E - Les Grandes Dames des Mers
Yachts (9) Rig Builder Designer ORCsy Light-Med Flat LOA Displ Max Draft DLR Draft / Length SA Up / Displ SA Down/ Disp
PERSEUS^3 Sloop Perini Navi Perini/Holland 376.3 58.6 524000 11.1 121.0 0.22 22.9 51.3
OHANA Sloop Fitzroy Dubois NA 401.4 49.6 364307 5.4 114.2 0.12 22.5 47.2
SEAHAWK Ketch Perini Navi Holland 474.2 58.6 549624 11.8 122.4 0.24 17.9 40.0
METEOR Schooner R.Huisman Dykstra NA 475.7 45.7 295907 4.3 180.2 0.12 24.7 43.1
ROSEHEARTY Ketch Perini Navi Holland   489.9 55.9 505095 9.6 143.8 0.21 17.9 41.5
CLAN VIII Sloop Perini Navi Holland   492.3 45.3 363044 8.7 187.8 0.23 14.1 28.1
ZENJI Ketch Perini Nvi Holland   502.5 55.9 505809 9.6 144.0 0.21 17.3 34.3
SILENCIO Ketch Perini Navi Holland   503.3 49.8 479159 8.7 191.7 0.21 13.1 27.2
ATHENA Schooner R.Huisman Dykstra NA 525.5 90.0  

 

J Class
Yachts (3) Rig Builder Designer TCF            CR Light TCF            CR Med TCF            CR Heavy TCF            WL Light TCF            WL Med TCF            WL Heavy LOA
RANGER (J5) Sloop Danish Yacht S&S / Dykstra NA 1.012 1.013 1.015 1.011 1.011 1.014 41.6
TOPAZ (J8) Sloop Holland Jachtbouw Frank C. Paine / Hoek Design 1.025 1.018 1.016 1.029 1.021 1.015 42.7
VELSHEDA (J7) Sloop Camper & Nicholson Nicholson / Dykstra NA 1.014 1.014 1.015 1.016 1.016 1.017 39.3