The objective of the ranking system is to allow local sailors to compare their performance against others. Singapore Sailing Federation will use the ranking as the basic criteria to invite deserving sailors to its national training squad as well as other suitable selection purposes.
Currently, the Ranking System is only in place for the Optimist, Byte, 29er, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial. The same robust ranking system will also be applied to the 470 and Windsurfing fleets when there are sufficient numbers to ensure an effective ranking system.
Each year, a series of regattas will be identified as Ranking Regattas. For a regatta to be identified as a Ranking Regatta, the regatta must have at least 5 scheduled races over 2 days. Points will be awarded to each sailor based on their regatta results and number of entries. The results of the Ranking Regatta would only be used if 3 or more races’ are conducted.
Sailors need to compete in at least one race of the regatta to be awarded points (i.e. a score other than a DNC). There are currently two different ranking points systems used in the National Ranking. A ‘High Ranking Points’ System is used to compute rankings for 420, Laser and Laser Radial. For example, in a regatta with 30 entries, the first placing will be awarded 30 points; the second placing 29 points; the third placing 28 points and so forth.
A ‘Low Ranking Points’ System will be used to compute the rankings for the Optimist and Byte Fleets only. For a regatta with 125 entries, the first placing will be awarded 1 point; the second placing 2 points; the third placing 3 points and so forth.
Foreign sailors’ results, if any, will not be excluded from the computation of ranking points. Sailors who did not compete in at least one race of a regatta in the past 6 months of each biannual review will be removed from the ranking.
For those sailors on SingaporeSailing supported overseas regattas/training commitment during the ranking regatta, points will be awarded accordingly to them based on their current ranking. For example, if the sailor’s ranking is 2nd just before his overseas trip, he would be awarded 2 points (Low Ranking Points) or 29 points (High Ranking Points based on 30 entries) in the regatta that he missed.
If the partnership of a double-handed boat splits up, the helm will carry the ranking points and the crew will follow that of the new helm. This does not imply that the crew is less important than the helm but it is computed in this manner solely for ease of implementation.
After each regatta, the sailor ranking will be computed based on the last four ranking regattas’ results with the best three regattas’ results to count. This method will provide us with a moving average which better reflects the sailor’s current performances.
The Optimist Fleet is split into Gold and Silver fleets to encourage tougher competition in the Gold fleet. A biannual seeding event (Optimist Gold Fleet Qualifiers) is held between the bottom 20* boats in the Gold fleet ranking and top 20* boats in the Silver fleet ranking, which will determine the Gold and Silver fleet placings for the next six months. This system aims to ensure a higher level of competition for the top sailors as well as to give progressing sailors an opportunity to race at the front of their fleets.
*Exact numbers depend on the number of sailors moving out of the Gold Fleet at the end of the 6 month period.
The Ranking System will be reviewed every six months (i.e., end of Jun and Dec), and adjustments will be made, if necessary.
Updated: 1 Feb 2017