The Memorial Day McFadden Cup regatta was won by John Turner, racing his Catalina 22 “Plan B”. The regatta, for just club members, was four races long, and John was the clear winner in three of the four races! Congrats to John!
Only the winner of that regatta gets a trophy, but the event did provide a learning time for scoring race finishing positions. John with a total of 5 points was well ahead of the next closest score of 10. In fact both Luke Bloodworth and Bobby Edmond had a score of 10. So – how do you break the tie? Having done it wrong once at a big DSC open regatta and given the trophy to the wrong person (oops) decided to make sure that never happens again.
The answer in the rule books is – you take each racers scores for each race, and list them from best to worst. Then when they show a difference the best score person is the winner of the tie.
Bobby – 1. 3. 3. 3. = 10
Luke – 2. 2. 2. 4 = 10
But clearly Booby with the 1 score is better than Luke with a 2 – so according to the USSAILING rule book, tie broken, Bobby is second and Luke third.
Now the fun really begins when you have a massive regatta of like 60 boats and wind up with a five way tie! That will be the lesson for another day!
GREAT RACING JOHN!
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