Fore'n'aft Volume 2

Fore'n'aft Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...time made in the race. Thus if the fastest elapsed time was 2 hours, or 120 minutes, a boat with 3 per cent allowance would receive 3 minutes and 36 seconds, and a boat with 5 per cent allowance would get 6 minutes. After the first race on this basis its results were taken into consideration, together with all the data already used, from which the time allowance for the second race was determined. This procedure was continued until a boat had competed in five races, when all previous races except these five were discarded, and from then on the oldest race eliminated as each new one was added. A boat finishing in any race closer up than she had heretofore done would have her allowance slightly reduced for the next race, while one finishing farther behind would sail the next race with a slightly increased allowance. To discourage intentional holding back when apparently defeated for the purpose of securing a large increase of handicap for the next race no time exceeding 12 per cent of the fastest elapsed time was taken into consideration in figuring handicaps. In order to group the yachts so there would not be too great disparity in speed, thereby destroying the keenness of competition, a limit of 10 per cent allowance was made for each division. No race in which the fastest time averaged less than three miles per hour was considered in computing handicaps, thus eliminating drifting matches and flukes, which certainly are not fair speed tests. The effect of the system is to gradually bring the boats closer together on corrected time, as one race succeeds another, and any boat, if raced consistently, will necessarily obtain an allowance which will enable her to win. If a boat wins several times consecutively, she will have to allow the others more...show more

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  • Paperback | 550 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 971g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663523X
  • 9781236635235