Is there a rating for Tiwal sailboats?

Fancy taking part in a race with your Tiwal? Regattas are certainly an exciting part of the sport, and are competitive, yet simultaneously social and friendly events. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a relative beginner, we cannot recommend joining an event enough! Draw on the experience of other sailors and watch your own performance improve!

When taking part in a regatta, you’ll likely race against one or many more other types of boats – so how do these boats, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, all race against each other? This is where ratings come in to play. Think of it as golf handicapping – but for sailing.

The Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) rating system was initially developed in England in the mid-20th century and is now managed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). In the US, the scheme was adopted and somewhat remodelled and is today known as the Dixie-Portsmouth number, and is overseen by US Sailing.

All variations of the scheme aim to handicap boats based on their relative performance against other boats they race against. Schemes are designed to give clubs the tools to run fair handicap racing, by being able to handicap any boat without the need for measurement and by being administrable by club members.

All Tiwal models have been given preliminary PY ratings, which are given below:

Clubs are encouraged to share their own Tiwal racing data with the Royal Yachting Association, to enable further evaluation. This is crucial in making sure ratings are fair and appropriate.

All Tiwal models also have ratings in both the United States and France.
Please use the language menu in the top right corner of this page to get further explanation about each of them.