The WAIODA Ranking System
This is a ‘high points’ ranking system as used by the world yachting body. Thus, at the conclusion of a ranking regatta points shall be awarded in the following manner;
- The first placed Gold Fleet sailor shall receive points equal to the number of Gold Fleet competitors in that regatta
- The second place Gold Fleet sailor receives points equal to the number of competitors minus 1 (n-1)
- The third place Gold Fleet sailor receives points equal to the number of competitors minus 2 (n-2)
- Down to the Gold Fleet sailor in last place who receives 1 point
- The first placed Silver Fleet sailor shall receive points equal to the number of Silver Fleet competitors in that regatta
- The second place Silver Fleet sailor receives points equal to the number of competitors minus 1 (n-1)
- The third place Silver Fleet sailor receives points equal to the number of competitors minus 2 (n-2)
- Down to the Silver Fleet sailor in last place who receives 1 point
- The first placed Silver Fleet sailor will be placed immediately behind the last placed Gold Fleet sailor (and in the results table a weighting system shall ensure that Gold Fleet sailors are scored above Silver Fleet sailors).
- In any regatta a sailor who starts at least one race gets points.
- A sailor who registers for a regatta but does not start a single race is not counted.
- This is a 'rolling' ranking system with points accumulated in 5 of the previous 7 regattas to count.
Regattas that count in the rankings
- WA Youth Championships
- FSC Sail Fremantle
- HYC Optimist Ranking Regatta
- RFBYC International Classes Regatta
- RPYC Mini Series
- WA State Championships
- SoPYC Applecross Regatta
In the event of a tie in the rankings, a tie-breaker shall operate as follows:
- the sailor having the higher finish at the conclusion of the WA State Championships is placed above the sailor with the lower finish at the WA State Championships.
A sailor shall be included in the rankings until such time as:
- the sailor 'ages out' (a sailor may compete in an Optimist until December 31st of the year in which the sailor turns 15, as per class rules) or,
- the sailor has not started a race in any of the last five ranking regattas.
In the event a sailor misses a WA ranking regatta because he/she is competing at a more senior Optimist event, such as a national or international regatta, will not be unduly penalized and will receive only nominal points.
Aims of the ranking system
- to give sailors personal goals for which they can strive
- to monitor each sailors individual improvement over the season/s
- to give sailors a means by which they can judge their performance against their peers
- to give particular incentive to those up and coming Silver Fleet sailors
- to encourage sailors that their participation throughout the sailing season in multiple events will take them towards their personal goals
- to reward the perseverence of those sailors who are consistent and aim to be the best sailor they can be