Obviously we need a hall of fame, and I was sufficiently bored on my long ride last saturday to come up with a pirate rank system based upon experience

HALL OF FAME (Record holders)

Men:

IM Captain Rosey (10:30)

Double IM ---

Women:

IM 1st Mate Monique (11:5X)?

Double IM ---

SHIELD HOLDERS (until the next official annual Pirate IM competition - IMDE2006)

Fastest Finisher 145: Junior Pirate Count (due to being fast)

Best Novice 145: Semen Barlist (due to vote rigging by Jj)

The Rank system. On a points basis, where only IM distance or longer counts for points. Its not a knitting club. 1 point per IM finish. 1 bonus point for doing the extra hard ones (norseman, lanzarote and [but only if you get in by the honourable route, qualification] hawaii). 2 points for double IM finish. 1 bonus point for every time you win a shield or set a record (above). 1 bonus point for becoming "reasonably competent" (i.e. the first time you crack 12 hours). 1 bonus point for becoming "outstanding" (i.e. the first time you crack 10 hours). -1 point for a DNF (its not a quitting club). Note that if you miss cut off but still finish the course (even if it takes 20 hours) then you still get the point.

ranks

0 landlubber

1 scurvey dog

2 seaman

3 junior pirate

4 pirate

5 2nd mate

6 1st mate

7 commander

8 captain

9 admiral

10 admiral (2 parrots)

11 admiral (3 parrots) etc

15 pirate king blackbeard

eg, barlist = 2 finish - 1 dnf + 1 shield = 2

TC = 1 finish + 1 shield + 1 reasonably competent = 3

Mo = 3 finish + 1 reasonably competent + 1 record + 1 bonus hawaii = 6

Rosey = 5 finish + 1 reasonably competent + 1 record + 1 bonus norseman = 8