The Empirical Handicap Advisory Group (EHAG) administers the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicap system for sailing dinghies and is looking for keen new people to join the Committee. If you have a good knowledge of how handicap racing works along with the large range of dinghies that participate, and are passionate about the quality of handicap racing that takes place in clubs across the UK, please get in touch.

Meeting once a year, at RYA House in Hamble, the group scrutinise race result data collected from clubs around the country during the year. Decisions are made on PY number adjustments and how the empirical based system can be improved.

Any conflict of interest must be declared, for example if a committee member sails or has involvement with a particular class of dinghy, or dinghies, or sailing club.

The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you would like to join and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please email technical@rya.org.uk with information about yourself and your experience that would contribute to being an EHAG member. All applicants must be a current RYA member and any application would be subject to the RYA Committee Membership Procedure.

Has your club made a return?

How many races has your club run this summer? The RYA is once again in the process of collecting and analysing race result data to produce the dinghy and multihull 2018 Portsmouth Yardstick Number list. Now in its 65th year, the PY Scheme allows sailing clubs to run successful mixed fleet handicap racing, and the more data and race results that the RYA is able to collect the more the Scheme will be able to grow and improve.

The RYA urges all clubs who have not yet done so to submit their returns for the 2017 season. This can be done via the PY Online Website .

The PY Online website has undergone significant improvements during 2017, with individual club pages for those that have signed up with features to help promote open meetings and events in the pipeline. Furthermore, the interactive maps now overlay so users can easily see where classes are sailed throughout the UK and where nearby measurers are located. Class pages are also being developed to offer similar event promoting features.

The RYA relies on sailing clubs returning race data via the PY Online website as the club handicaps created through the website offer a great solution to many of the issues faced by those clubs running mixed-fleet handicap racing.