How Many Race Wins Does it Take to Win the Ishares Cup?

a-ishares-mathsFor an event that has the fans in mind, you would think that the iShares Cup would have a straightforward points scoring system. With the final race just days away, the organisers have released some strange statistics that show that winning races, even a lot of races, does not mean that you will win the title.

Late last year, the FIA flirted with new rules for F1 that would have seen the driver with the most race wins crowed champion, however come March, when the first race was run in Melbourne, they had backed down and the traditional points scoring system has been used throughout 2009. Consistency is the name of the game.

Even so, it is hard to work out, from a fan point of view how (Oman Sail) Masirah can have won 32 races but be on the same point score as Gitana Extreme who have won 10. The mystery seems to be in the DNF, DNS and DSQ numbers. Marirah have a total of 7 while Gitana Extreme has only 1.

There are a lot of races! 92 so far. To put that into perspective, an NBA team plays about 82 games per season, while an NASCAR Season has about 38 races. For the stat junkies, here are the numbers

  • So far this season the iShares Cup fleet have taken part in 92 races over 5 regattas.
  • Of these, Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild have won 10 races, Oman Sail Renaissance have won 20, and Oman Sail Masirah have won 32.
  • Masirah’s best event was Cowes, at the third UK leg of the Series, where they took 11 wins.
  • Renaissance performed equally well in both Kiel and Amsterdam, taking 5 race wins at each.
  • Gitana got their season off to the best start with 4 first places at Venice.
  • On average, Masirah have won an average of 6.4 races at each event, winning 3 regattas;
  • Renaisance have won an average of 4 races at each event, but have yet to win a regatta;
  • Gitana have won an average of 2 races at each event, winning 2 regattas.

The winner of the 2009 iShares Cup will have to tread a careful balance between aggressive boat speed and conservative tactics, but if it all comes down to the final race, who will have the mathematical mind enough to know where they need to finish to win?