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Major area races (e.g. Center Sound Series etc.) require that participating yachts belong to a PIYA-member club, in addition to having a current PHRF NW rating certificate. Racing Rules of Sailing 78.1 requires a valid PHRF certificate, or one design certificate in events governed by the RRS. 

A.   MAILING ADDRESS:

PHRF NORTHWEST

PO BOX 489

GIG HARBOR, WASHINGTON  98335

 Phone  (253) 857-8858

Fax (425) 962-8729

EMAIL: phrfnw@gmail.com

www.phrf-nw.org

B.   HOW TO JOIN PHRF-NW:

 1. Obtain Application and Rating Form (A/R) Form from your local Handicapper, Yacht Club, or the PHRF-NW website and fill in the requested data. Processing may take up to 2 weeks.

 2. Submit a check in US funds for the Annual Dues to the above address, or prepay online. Do not pay your handicapper directly.

 3.  Mail one copy of the completed A/R Form (or one electronic copy), with proof of payment, to your local Handicapper.  If you can’t locate a handicapper, submit the A/R to the above address.

 4. An owner officially becomes a member of PHRF-NW and his rating becomes fully valid when the dues are received and when the forms have been properly completed by the member and his local Handicapper and are forwarded on to the PHRF-NW Business Manager for processing.

 5.  Incomplete forms, including missing boat data, received by PHRF-NW or by its Handicappers shall be returned to the applicant for completion before a rating is issued.

 6. You may belong to PHRF-NW and be eligible for a PHRF-NW rating without also being a member of a Yacht Club.

 7.  Membership to PHRF-NW is achieved on an annual basis, by paying the Annual Dues.

         *SUBJECT TO CHANGE

C.   EXCHANGE OF OLD BOAT FOR NEW BOAT; OR USED BOAT NEWLY ACQUIRED:

 1.     Properly complete a NEW A/R Form.

 2.     List sail number and name of old boat.

 3.     Send to your local Handicapper.

 4.     If you have paid dues for current year, don’t pay again for the new boat.

 D.   ANNUAL DUES:

1.* 2016 Dues are $60.00 payable in US funds only.  A late renewal fee of $5.00 is assessed for additional costs incurred when a member pays past January 1st. Pay online option available at www.phrf-nw.org.

2.  List sail number and name of old boat.

3.  For new members, Annual Dues, or proof of payment is to accompany the completed A/R form.

 4. For new members joining after November 15th, dues will be credited to the next season.

 5. An annual PHRF-NW handicap rating applies and is valid for the boat described in a rating certificate that is owned or chartered by the member.  If a member wants to race two or more boats during a year, a separate rating certificate and Annual dues must be paid for each boat.

 6.  Effective January 1, 1996, all Handicappers, including those appointed for research or special projects, shall be members of PHRF-NW.  PHRF-NW may extend honorary membership to    Handicappers who do not own a boat.

 7. Associate Membership is available to sail makers and other interested fleets outside (US Sailing) PHRF Area H.  The annual dues for an Associate membership are $65.00 US Funds.

 8. Both PHRF-NW members and non-members may obtain a  rating for unrated, owned or chartered boats for use in an event for which the sponsoring yacht club has limited entries to boats with current valid PHRF-NW handicap ratings.

 9. Renewals; A member may only renew his or her membership for boats which were active PHRF NW members within the previous 2 year membership period. If membership has lapsed for three years or more, the member must reapply for rating and membership as outlined in Section B above.

 *SUBJECT TO CHANGE

E.   BOATS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PHRF-NW ARE:

 1.     LOA less than 18 feet.

 2.     Centerboard monohulls with no ballast for self-righting.

 F.   CERTIFICATES:

 1.  All current paid members of PHRF-NW will be mailed a Certificate when dues for the year are paid.

 2.   This Certificate is to be kept on the boat at all times.

 3.  Alterations to the boat or rig may affect the handicap and could result in disqualification from races.

 4.  Changes to any information concerning a member’s boat must be supplied to the local Handicapper.

a.  Upon notification of any changes the local Handicapper will complete all the necessary paperwork and forward it on to the Business Manager in a timely manner.

b.  At such time the change information is received and processed, a replacement Certificate will be issued to the member.

 For the definition of “Standard Boat”, please refer to the member handbook page 11.c.(1).

The ratings are stated as Seconds Per Nautical Mile.

All Standard Boats in any class receive the same SP Rating.

SP Ratings of modified class boats will be adjusted faster or slower according to the nature of the modification. For the schedule of adjustments, please see your current handbook, Section II.

Codes are shown for each boat in the Roster and on the Supplements describing the Sails, Propulsion and any miscellaneous items on which the SP Rating is based. Please see the Roster (handbook) Section II for detailed descriptions of these Codes.