The analysis of racing on the Chesapeake Bay was performed covering the three handicapping rules used for the 1972 and 1973 seasons. The actual average speeds of each yacht were determined and the normalized to obtain season average performances. This average performance with the yacht’s rating was used to determine the least squares best fit for a power curve to show how each rule actually worked when corrected for the time allowance used by each class.


This paper grew out of an earlier paper by the author (reference 1) on the Delta Rule. The earlier paper gave the background of the rule, how it was derived and then a short analysis of several seasons' results. The basic analysis method in the present paper was worked out for the presentation of the earlier paper, and led to the conclusion that a similar analysis of all races on the Chesapeake Bay might be of interest to the yachting fraternity. Furthermore, it was felt that the results should cover more than one season and both the Northern and Southern Bay areas. Unfortunately not all races were available for this analysis. All that were, were used. The author knows of only one other analysis of this type, a study by Henry J, Gielow in 1908. (Reference 2) Others may have been performed; there have been hints of such analysis by MORC and the Storm Trisail Club, but these results were unavailable to the author.

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