In a development that is sure to have all clubs reaching for their calculators, a handicapping scheme based on the age of gigs has been proposed by committee for use at the 2013 championships on the Isles of Scilly.
All races to be timed and the adjustments applied, with 3 seconds given for each year of age of the gig. Progression through the race groups is then based on the adjusted time.
Each gig entered already has had its build year assigned at http://worldgigs.co.uk/entrants2013.htm .
Base formula : ( 2013 – GIG_BUILD_YEAR ) x 3 = time bonus (seconds)
Example : gig “Energy”…
( 2013 – 1985 ) x 3 = 84 seconds.
For gigs that have had refits over the years, the date of the refit and amount of replacement wood used will be taken into account to adjust the basic formula.
Refit formula : ( ( 2013 – GIG_BUILD_YEAR + 2013 – REFIT_YEAR ) x 3 ) x ORIGINAL_PERCENTAGE = time bonus (seconds)
Example : gig built in 1870 with a 50% refit in 1980.
(2013 – 1870 – ( 2013 – 1980 ) ) x 3 x 50% = 165 seconds
If successful, this scheme is set to run through the 2013 season at all events, and will be reviewed again on 1st April 2014 where a similar scheme based on age and amount of refit work done to each crew member may be introduced in tandem.