Handicap positions are worked out after the end of each race. The actual sailing, or elapsed, time for each boat is multiplied by its Time Correction Factor (TCF) to produce a Corrected Time. The lowest Corrected Time wins the race on handicap.

The race results are exhibited at the clubhouse as soon as possible after the race has finished and include the changes to TCFs for the next race.

For Open Handicap races, a Time Allowance in minutes will be calculated for each yacht. This Time Allowance is based on each yacht’s TCF and the average of average elapsed times of races sailed to date. These Time Allowances will be available in the clubhouse by 12 noon on the day of the Open Handicap race.

Wherever possible the pick-up boat will have a list of Time Allowances for Open Handicap races and TCF’s for Sealed Handicap races.

Handicaps for the start of the season will be an average of the last five scratch races sailed in the previous season.

Note that a TCF is attached to the combination of yacht and skipper. A change of skipper or a significant change in the yacht or its sails will cause it to start the next race with an adjusted TCF. It is the responsibility of the skipper to consult the Handicapper on what constitutes a significant change. An unreported significant change will be considered a breach of these sailing instructions.


Every yacht has a TCF. This is used to calculate its Corrected Time in a race and adjusted after each race to recognise the yachts performance. This adjustment produces a new TCF.

Following a race, a yacht also has a Performance Rating (PR). The PR is calculated from the yachts elapsed time (a), the average elapsed time (b) and the average TCFs of all the yachts that finish (c). The formula used is PR = [bxc]a.

The PR is used to adjust the TCF. The resulting number is the new TCF which is used for the next race.


PHOSC uses ScoreIT to record its racing results.

Here is a link to further explain handicapping as used by ScoreITGo to link

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PHOSC management committee nominated Lesley and Ralph (aka Buzz) Skelton for the Cook Community Awards 2017 program run by HON. SCOTT MORRISON MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR COOK , that recognises exceptional service to the community by volunteers.

Today (2/12/17) at the Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club, not only were they presented with the award by Scott Morrison, but of the forty very worthy recipients from the Cook electorate, Lesley & Buzz also won the highest award possible, the Cook Community Medal for the best representative volunteers in the Cook electorate for 2017.... what an awesome achievement!

This is also the first time in its history that the Cook Community Medal has been awarded to dual recipients!

Both Lesley and Graham are the longest standing members of PHOSC to which the club owes an enormous debt for their enduring & ongoing support of the club, its facilities and members over the last 61 years.

For those of you that weren’t aware Lesley & Buzz actually first met at the club as teenagers, carried on as boyfriend / girlfriend for a while, eventually marrying and creating a fantastic dynasty of kids and grandchildren that we have all met or sailed with at the club at one time or other. Most of the family were on hand to witness the presentation event at Sharkies and the grandkids managed to storm onto the stage for a photo opportunity with Lesley, Buzz and Scott Morrison.

Lesley gave a fantastic impromptu thankyou speech when receiving the award, and of course Buzz knowing he couldn’t out do that effort, (and knowing his place in the Skelton pecking order) just smiled and waved from back stage!

Well done & congratulations to Lesley & Buzz.
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