How SailRank Ratings Are Calculated

You may be wondering how these ratings are calculated and for good reason, sailing is a complex sport and it is difficult to quantify the skill of a sailor with a single number (so complex that technically we have 16 numbers that quantify a sailor's skill: 2 for each of the 8 categories). SailRank uses a modified version of the Elo Rating System to calculate ratings. The Elo Rating System was originally developed for Chess and has since been adapted for many other sports. The variant of the Elo Rating System used by SailRank is called the Plackett Luce Rating System. The exact model implementation that SailRank uses is from OpenSkill. These ratings are adjusted at the end of each week using a custom version of PageRank to compensate for conference differences. Soon the codebase from SailRank will be open sourced and available on GitHub for those more interested in the details.

Rating List Criteria

While all of the following criteria are subject to change as the SailRank Rating System evolves, the following explains the list of the criteria that SailRank uses to determine which sailors are included in the rating list. Sailors must have a minimum of 60 (30 for TR) comparisons against out of conference sailors, this was implemented to combat the inflation of ratings for certain conferences where sailors did not compete against diverse groups of opponents. Additionally, following the second week of full competition in the Fall season, sailors must sail at least one race in a category during the current competition year to be eligible for the ratings lists in that category. SailRank will continue to monitor the rating list and adjust the criteria as necessary. SailRank has also chosen to exclude any ratings that are negative as we do not want to encourage any form of harrasment based on these lists. There is also a list of events not counted towards these ratings that can be found here.

Top 100 Womens Team Racing Skippers Rating List

Rank Rating Change Sailor Class School Conference Num. Races
1 4997 +762 Emily Alfortish 2025
College of Charleston Burgee College of Charleston
SAISA 102
2 4627 -117 Brooke Schmelz 2025
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Burgee Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NEISA 188
3 4583 +733 Emma Tallman 2025
College of Charleston Burgee College of Charleston
SAISA 106
4 4428 +590 Grace Squires 2024
College of Charleston Burgee College of Charleston
SAISA 153
5 4417 +1426 Gianna Dewey 2027
Old Dominion University Burgee Old Dominion University
MAISA 18
6 4060 +294 Emily Allen 2025
Jacksonville University Burgee Jacksonville University
SAISA 129
7 3944 -122 Lucy Brock 2025
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Burgee Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NEISA 134
8 3830 -163 Emma Shakespeare 2024
University of South Florida Burgee University of South Florida
SAISA 170
9 3830 -163 Heidi Hicks 2025
University of South Florida Burgee University of South Florida
SAISA 170
10 3800 +787 Megan Geith 2024
Old Dominion University Burgee Old Dominion University
MAISA 88
11 3800 +787 Elizabeth Gildea 2024
Old Dominion University Burgee Old Dominion University
MAISA 88
12 3430 +461 Kaitlyn Liebel 2026
Jacksonville University Burgee Jacksonville University
SAISA 62
13 3430 +461 Agija Elerte 2026
Jacksonville University Burgee Jacksonville University
SAISA 62
14 2769 -254 Brooke Barry 2026
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Burgee Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NEISA 18
15 2769 -254 Emma Wang 2027
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Burgee Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NEISA 18
16 2696 -318 Kailey Warrior 2027
University of South Florida Burgee University of South Florida
SAISA 18
17 2439 -428 Cora Star 2026
Northwestern University Burgee Northwestern University
MCSA 18
18 2439 -428 marguerite eno -
Northwestern University Burgee Northwestern University
MCSA 18
19 2381 -239 Kay Brunsvold 2025
University of South Florida Burgee University of South Florida
SAISA 60
20 2274 -1067 Mercy Tangredi 2025
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 40
21 2274 -1067 Morgan Carew 2025
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 40
22 2206 -532 Marina Hutzler 2023
Northwestern University Burgee Northwestern University
MCSA 22
23 2055 -1115 Vivian Bonsager 2025
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 36
24 1717 -1073 Martha Schuessler 2027
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 18
25 1717 -1073 malia johnson -
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 18
26 1717 -1073 Martha Schuessler 2027
University of Hawaii Burgee University of Hawaii
PCCSC 18