Baltic Circuit Scoring System

How does the Hanseboot Award Scoring work?

Shortly after the idea of the Baltic Circuit was born, the basic principles of evaluating a scoring system had been defined. These are the following:

  • Competitors are not forced to compete in every event of the Baltic Circuit
  • Only the two best results will be used to evaluate a ranking of the fleet
  • Additional points will be given for participating in races of foreign countries


The basic idea behind is, that we try to create a motivation for sailors to participate in races in different countries. This is the reason why we are implementing the additional points which will be given for visiting foreign races.

Of course a method of scoring the individual racing results has to be defined and fixed prior to the races, leaving no possibility to re-evaluate the scorings afterwards e.g. using a weather factor.

Maybe you can imagine, that we had several, partially very interesting discussions in our team consisting of one business economist, on doctor of mathematics, several lawyers (which is not easy – I can tell!), a technician and some others.

The final result came up in a nice little formula:



Points: The calculated Baltic Circuit Points you'll get for each race you've competed in
Result: Represents the ranking in the concerning race
TotalNo: Baltic Circuit overall fleet size in the concerning race
Factor 10: simplifies it to to display achieved points and to ad the additional "country" points

The structure of this formula provides a point range from:

10 points for ending up at last place in a race

Up to a maximum of

40 points for ending up at first place in a race with a infinite number of competitors

In other words:

You get slightly more points for being better than last place in races with more competitors but without overrating the fleet size. A fleet of 1000 boats must not be 10 times “better” than a fleet of 100 boats. That’s the basic idea behind it.

To understand this fully, we shall sail a set of virtual races to see how the results are developing. So, here we go. Let’s assume, we have three boats sailing every race with increasing numbers of competitors.

Boat A ends up always first, Boat B in the middle and Boat C is the looser. Always last. Poor guy. But someone has to.

Then we have a set of nine races with overall competitors from 11 up to 59, regularly increasing. (I’ve chosen those uneven numbers of competitors for having always a boat in the middle.)

Now lets have look at the results:


Using the formula for evaluating the points for the Baltic Circuit ranking leads us to the following scorings:


Lot’s of numbers. For easier understanding lets have a look at the diagram below:


This graph gives a good visualization of how the formula works.

The following table shows again the scorings but this time only the 1st places for each race. Race No. 8 is with infinite competitors which result in 40 points for 1st place. Therfore, 40 points equals a 100% scoring. The second row illustrates the points as percentage of the maximum points.


Yes, fleet size has an impact on the points you get, but is clearly not overrated. There’s a spread of hardly 9% between a 1st place scoring in a small fleet and a very big fleet. Coming to “relevant” fleet sizes, the spread is somehow around 3%.

On the other hand, receiving two additional points for taking part in “non home water” races will also have an impact, but is also not overrated.

Future will tell, if changes have to be made. But as a starter, it should provide a good base to compare all Baltic Circuit competitors and evaluate our first 1st placed yacht!

You can try out the formula using our calculator right here on this site:

Baltic IRC Open Points Calculator
Rank Result: The ranking in the concerning race.
Total No. of Ships: IRC overall Fleet size in each race.

BIO Points: The calculated Baltic IRC Open Points you’ll get for each race you competed in.
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One thing has to be statet as clear as possible:

It is simply impossible to evaluate a weighting factor for each race which includes every detail that may influence a race. Our Idea is:

Keep it as simple as possible but nevertheless, figure out how to rate the differences between races. And provide easy understaning!

And there’s a last good one:

Using this formula it is difficult – NOT impossible of course - but difficult to end up with two or more boats having same points!

In other words: Sail’n have fun!