The objective of the ranking system is to allow local sailors to compare their performance against others. Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) will use the ranking as the basic criteria to invite deserving sailors to its national training squads as well as other suitable selection purposes. Currently, the Ranking System is only in place for the Optimist, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial fleets. The same robust ranking system will also be applied to the Windsurfing and 29er 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 held over 2 days. Points will be awarded to each sailor based on their regatta results and the 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 the rankings for Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial fleets. 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 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. The rankings will be reviewed bi-annually at the end of June and December. Except for sailors in the Optimist Gold Fleet, all sailors need to compete in at least one race of a regatta in the past 6 months of each review to remain in the ranking. Sailors in the Optimist Gold Fleet ranking will need to compete in at least two regattas to remain in the Optimist Gold Fleet ranking.
For sailors on SSF 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 higher level of competition in the Gold fleet and for progressing sailors the opportunity to race at the front of their fleet. A bi-annual seeding event in January and July (Optimist Gold Fleet Qualifier) is held for the Top 40 boats in the Silver fleet ranking to determine who will progress into the Gold Fleet for the next six months. The number of boats progressing will be determined by the number of sailors moving out of the Gold Fleet after each review.
The Ranking System will be reviewed every six months (i.e., end of June and December), and adjustments will be made where necessary.
Updated: 1 July 2021