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and might work for skipper handicaps too.” “The other way to make golf handicaps work for sailing,” said another crew through a mouthful of cheese crackers, “is to avoid time adjustments and use finish position adjustments instead. There was a nice rant about this by Phillipe Kahn, of all people, on Scuttlebutt a few weeks back.” “I read that too,” said the retired

skipper. “That’s why I’m thinking maybe there’s hope for getting a golf-style handicap system going again. I agree with Phillipe: The adjustment should be to the score, not to the finish times.” “I think there’s still too much randomness in the game and too much inconsistency in the competition,” insisted the foredeck crew. “Especially for our beer can races, where there might be a completely different set of competitors out every week.” “Maybe golf handicaps should be for the crew, not the skippers,” said Lee. “How would you do that?” I asked.

“The crew don’t even get scored.” “Ah,” she said, “under my fiendish plan, they would be. Here’s how it would work. . .” We all leaned in a little closer to hear Lee’s plan. “First, you need a record of which crew sail on which boats for each race. Doesn’t need to be a complete record, but crew that want to participate would key in their names and a boat identifier — which could be, like, sail number or boat name or owner’s name — on a terminal right before each race.” “Okay, so the computer knows which February, 2006 •

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The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.