Scoring & Eligibility
Each boat with a valid PHRF-NE or NEMA certificate whose owner is a current GMORA Regular Member in good standing shall be considered eligible for scoring.
A Race Day is one day of racing, whether one or more races are conducted. A competitor must compete in all races conducted on a day for that Race Day to be eligible to be scored. If a boat scores DNC in any race, that day will not be scored as a Race Day. Certain long distance races are scored as two Race Days; see the Racing Schedule.
Race Day performance of a yacht will be scored by GMORA using the CHIPS 3 scoring system, which weighs results by reference to the number of competitors in a particular division. So, for example, a first place in a division of 12 competitors will yield a higher score than a first place in a division of 5 competitors.
For GMORA scoring PHRF-NE Racing Division breaks will be:
Division 1 – up to 93
Division 2 – 94 to 192
Division 3 – 193 and up
J80 Class yachts shall be scored in one Division.
Cruising Class yachts shall be scored in one Division.
Multihull Class yachts shall be scored in one Division.
Shorthanded Class yachts shall be scored in one Division.
Member clubs are encouraged to use the same breaks where feasible.
A Racing Class yacht shall be scored in her GMORA division irrespective of the division in which she races in any specific regatta. As an example: if a yacht has a Racing rating that places her in GMORA Racing Division 2 but the Race Committee places that boat in Racing Division 1 (for any reason) she shall earn points for each boat beaten that day and those points shall be applied to her GMORA score against her Division 2 season competition
Racing, Cruising, Multihull and Shorthanded Classes shall be scored separately. Yachts that score a Race Day in one Class shall not apply that score to any other Class.
Standings for the day are determined by the low-point scoring system, which is described in the Racing Rules. A yacht that is present and accounted for in the starting area but does not start a race will be scored DNS for that race, will be considered to have competed, and will be scored accordingly with a Low Point score of 1 plus the number of yachts. CHIPS 3 points for the day are awarded based on the resulting standings.
Race Committee Support
The purpose is to encourage yacht owners to support Race Committees by awarding GMORA points for Race Committee participation in GMORA-scored events. GMORA points will be awarded to a yacht whose owner provides support for a Race Committee. The following rules apply:
1. Points will be awarded for at most two race days per season.
2. The owner must serve on the Race Committee for all races in each of the one or two race days.
3. To qualify for an award, a yacht must still race the required minimum number of race days.
4. Race Committee Points will be calculated as follows: Take the trophy-qualifying scores after throw-outs, drop the lowest one or two scores (depending on the number of days supporting the Race Committee in that region) and replace them with the average of the trophy-qualifying scores
5. This calculation will apply to the Region, the Overall, and the Dirigo Bowl trophies. This will not apply to the Watson Trophy, the Ocean Planet Trophy, or other such special awards.
Trophies will be awarded to eligible yachts in each of the four (4) GMORA Racing Divisions, the Cruising Division and J80 Class. Second and subsequent place trophies will be awarded if participation in the division is sufficient.
Western Region: To be eligible, a yacht must race four (4) Race Days in races designated for the Western Region in the Race Schedule. Best four (4) Race Days count. Race Days must be from at least two different organizing authorities and at least four separate events.
Boothbay Region: To be eligible, a yacht must race four (4) Race Days in races designated for the Boothbay Region in the Racing Schedule. Best four (4) Race Days count. Race Days must be from at least two different organizing authorities and at least four separate events.
PenBay Region: To be eligible, a yacht must race four (4) Race Days in races designated for the PenBay Region in the Racing Schedule. Best four (4) Race Days count. Race Days must be from at least two different organizing authorities and at least three separate events.
Eastern Region: In lieu of participating in the GMORA season series, GMORA makes an annual contribution to the Great Harbor Dream youth-sailing project.
Gulf of Maine Overall Championships
To be eligible, a yacht must race three (3) of four (4) events, predesignated by GMORA, plus a 4th score that will be carried from a boat’s best score in any GMORA scored event. In the event the regatta is a two-day event, the score entered will reflect the points based on the boat’s regatta finish and the number of boats in the class. Designated events are: West Region- Centerboard Regatta, Boothbay Region- 45th Annual Boothbay Regatta, Pen Bay Region- Around Islesboro Race, East Region- Max Warburg Trophy.
Multihull Circuit Championship
To be eligible, a multihull yacht must race four (4) Race Days in any GMORA sanctioned region. Best four (4) race days count.
Shorthanded Circuit Championship
GMORA will score a shorthanded circuit championship. To qualify for the shorthanded circuit championship, a yacht must race at least three (3) qualifying Race Days, including at least one race 65 nautical miles or longer; and, must race all qualifying races with a crew of at most two (2). The best three (3) days count. At least one race 65 nautical miles or longer must be counted.
A yacht that races shorthanded in a normally crewed division also earns points for that race in that crewed division. A yacht may race with crew on some race days, and shorthanded on others, but not within the same regatta.
A qualifying race day is defined as follows:
If there is a shorthanded class, the yacht must race in that class, except as set forth below. The yacht would be scored against that class.
If there is a single-handed class, but no double-handed class, then a double-handed boat may race in the crewed division in which she would normally race with a spinnaker. The single-handed yachts would be scored against the other single-handed yachts, and the double-handed yachts would be scored against the crewed boat.
If there is no shorthanded class, then a shorthanded boat may race the crewed division in which she would normally race with a spinnaker. The yacht would be scored against the class in which she races.
If a regatta offers more than one shorthanded class for boats flying spinnakers, then yachts shall race in their respective assigned classes, and earn points against those classes. Multihull yachts that meet these requirements are considered eligible. Cruising Class boats are not eligible.
J80 Circuit Championship
To be eligible a yacht must race at least six (6) Race Days designated as Fleet J80 (see race schedule). Best six (6) days count. Race days must be from at least four separate events.
A skipper must inform the regatta chair at the official regatta check in that the race day(s) should be scored toward the J80 Class (A class within a class), a boat may keep points earned for both classes.