PHRF NW General Info

Welcome to the PHRF Northwest website!

For clarification; your PHRF NW membership expires on December 31st. There is no “grace period”. Membership runs from the day you renew until the 31st of the same year. Please make sure you have renewed before you sail an event to avoid DSQ. Late fees apply starting January 1st.

Bill Nelson is the current PHRF NW Chief Handicapper. Eric Nelson of Corinthian Tacoma is the 2015 PHRF President.

PHRF NW services over 950 active members annually, hailing from 278 different yacht clubs in the Northwest.

This site provides the following information:

  • See what’s new in 2015 including increased late fees
  • How to join PHRF NW
  • How to renew if you are already a member
  • List of current members and their ratings
  • How to contact PHRF NW
  • Pay your membership online
  • Submit changes to your handicapper
  • Handicapper Meetings
  • Guest Pass

It is the prime objective of this long standing non profit corporation to promote sailboat racing in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia by maintaining an equitable system of handicap ratings of member boats for use at yacht clubs and other sponsors of sailboat races.

From its inception in 1966, all Officers, Directors and Handicappers of this corporation have volunteered their time to PHRF NW. Today more boats continue to race in area H under PHRF-NW than any other handicapping system in the Pacific Northwest.

PHRF-NW for the last several decades has been an officially recognized handicapping system under PIYA for both United States and Canadian sailboat races conducted under PIYA Yacht Club sponsorship. PHRF NW is an affiliate member of US Sailing.

Membership in PHRF-NW is necessary for obtaining a valid PHRF-NW handicap rating certificate. You may apply through your local yacht or sailing club, or by direct application to PHRF-NW.

PHRF-NW Membership Organization

Each members Yacht or Sailing Club which has at least 5 PHRF-NW members may elect a Handicapper and a Director for representing that yacht club to PHRF-NW. Handicappers are responsible for establishing Standard Handicaps for various types/classes of boats and various measurement parameters affecting boat handicap ratings. They are also responsible for arbitrating performance differences or variability’s between types of boats and any protests or disagreements affecting these standard ratings or adjustments. Directors provide the leadership and policy oversight for the overall direction in which PHRF-NW proceeds. Officers are elected from among the current Directors.