In 1971 on his Dad’s boat north of Sydney, 14 year old John Maclurcan became intrigued by the elapsed times of racing yachts and understanding how a disparate fleet of yachts related to each other. This was the birth of PHS handicapping and over 40 years later it is this handicapping that is used by more fleets on Sydney Harbour than any other, including the prestigious Sydney to Hobart.

It was this handicapping and his contribution to yachting that was recognised in 2000 with an Australian Sports Medal.

This pedigree in handicapping enables clubs like the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Royal Prince Edwards Yacht Club to continue to build on their reputation for fair and reliable handicapping.


Features of SailSys Handicapping

  • Uniform, transportable PHS handicaps across fleets, series and clubs

  • Centralised data centre that allows clubs to leverage a depth of historic PHS handicapping to choose the best starting handicaps for new boats

  • Search for a comparable boats past handicaps by make and model, name or sail number

  • Search for a specific boats past handicap at any club by type of racing.

  • Easily select and allocate a boats finishing handicap from your last season, significantly minimising administration time

  • System advice and real time oversight from Australia’s most experienced PHS handicapper if required

I have had the opportunity to use John Maclurcan’s handicapping for producing entry lists and race results for over 20 years. The CYCA has used John for handicapping for all PHS offshore racing including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race since 1993. John’s knowledge of boats and the mathematics behind his handicapping system is second to none. Not only does John have a fantastic knowledge of all Sydney based boats but he has a genuine interest in yacht racing and follows all racing across the country closely. His service is accurate and reliable and I would recommend him to any club for PHS handicapping.
— Justine Kirkjian, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia


Allocate handicaps quickly, with confidence

Use either the boats most recent handicap or search for similar boats by name, make or model & select an appropriate starting handicap.

Then leave it for the rest of the season & benefit from the SailSys algorithms and methodology that have been 50 years in the making!

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