PDRacer World Championship Score Card 2011
|Score||Hull||Name||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Total|
|5||421||Scott Widmier||15 DNF||1||1||17|
|9||601||Bryan Cull||4||9||13 DNS||26|
|11||498||Bruce Whisennand||9||10||13 DNS||32|
|12||507||Graham Byrnes||6||15 DNF||13 DNS||34|
|16||583||Fred Symonds||17 DNS||14||13 DNS||44|
|17||587||Pat Johnson||15 DNF||17 DNS||13 DNS||45|
|DNS (Did Not Start) Score = Number of boats starting plus +1|
|DNF (Did Not Finish) Score = Number of boats finishing +1|
UPDATE: Question About Race Results
It is paramount that we provide a fair race that conforms to our rules, especially our world championship race, to respect the many hours and expense that duckers spend building their boats and preparing for races. Many travel from long distances at significant personal cost, some literally from the far side of the world.
After the 2009 championship race, we discovered that the OZ Racer is not class legal, and that some duckers were modifying their hull shapes even though they knew they were intentionally violating the class rules. The class rules were upgraded soon after to require a measurement before each world championship race, so there would be no question as to whether someone is cheating.
A measurement was performed for the 2010 race as required, see report from Rick Landreville on the world championship page. Before the 2011 championship race, I emailed with the host of the race and confirmed that all boats would be measured. The organizers had prepared a side panel template to make measuring quick & easy. The winner of that race was Brad Hickman.
Here is the issue
I received a request from a participant of the race to have Brad's hull disqualified and received a copy of Brad's statements from a public discussion forum where he claimed to have won using an OZ Racer, which are not class legal and implies that he won the race by cheating. Also it has been brought to my attention that none of the participating hulls were measured at the 2011 race, which is a clear violation of our class rules, specifically the rule which was added to prevent this situation.
Separately, Brad claims that he did not follow the OZ Racer plans, that he custom built his boat, and his hull is class legal.
For this special case, to resolve this question between duckers and restore confidence to our community that we host honorable races, it is a simple matter to have an impartial ducker measure Brad's hull. I contacted Brad to have another ducker measure his hull and submit the measurements to confirm it is class legal.
Brad sails locally with Bill Nolen #347 who volunteered. Bill performed the measurement and certifies that all of Brad's hull measurements are within 1/8" of ideal, so Brad's hull IS class legal and shall remain on our score card as the 2011 World Champion. Just to make sure there is no confusion, we have an ideal hull shape and a tolerance range to help sloppy builders in case they sneeze or something when they are cutting the curve. Brad's hull is so close to the ideal shape, there is less than 1/8" difference between our ideal shape, and Brad's rocker.
I am glad this measurement issue was able to be resolved, and as you can see from the dimensions, it is almost a perfect shaped hull which shows how easy it is to be class legal within our tolerance range.