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Handicap racing makes sailing a fleet of differant types of dinghy possible.  We use the RYA Portsmouth Rating system (PY) to apply a factor to each class of boat racing so that the results are fair and equal. The faster the class of boat the smaller the correction factor (PY), the slower the class the higher the correction factor.  All competitors start at the same time and at the finish of the race the time taken (Elapsed time) is corrected using the boats PY rating to arrive at its finishing place in the race.