What’s NEW in 2018

Check here for updates and changes to PHRF NW rules as they occur

NEW– Dues for 2018 have been set at $60.00 US Funds only. If paying before December 31st 2016, you will get a $5.00 discount. The board of directors have decided that due to costs, the member handbook is available free for download online. If you prefer a printed hard copy, we will send you one for $10.00 which covers the cost of publishing.

Each year in March the current year copy of the handbook will be published on the website for your convenience. Find the handbook on the Annual PHRF NW Handbook page. 

103016- The Board of Directors have eliminated the 30 hour guest pass.

Changes to protocol rules

Update- the January 2015 meeting has put a hold on implementation of the mainsail rating protocol for further evaluation, the notice from 2014 is scored below. January 2014- The Handicappers Council continues to adjust our rating protocol to ensure equitable ratings. Members have found a loophole in the mainsail rating protocol that allows sail area to be moved from low in the sail to high, improving performance without any rating adjustment. The council acted to change the protocol to close the loophole. The council also voted to allow boats that normally race with conventional spinnakers flown from a mast-mounted spinnaker pole to also use “cruising chutes” with the rating based on the larger spinnaker as always. The addition of a significant bow sprit and a-sail will result in an X Boat designation and a faster rating. See the minutes of the council meeting and your handicapper for more information.

General Renewal Information

In 2010, PHRF NW Directors voted that any member who has not renewed within 24 months must reapply to PHRF Northwest for their membership and re-submit an AR application form.
Late fees are assessed for renewals after December 31st.

On hold as of 012515

Changes to Mainsails Notice 020413

Changes to how larger mainsails (oversize MGU and/or HB) are now being handled:

Traditionally, PHRF-NW has adjusted mainsails based solely on the estimated area of the sail. However it has long been recognized that adding sail area “up high” in a mainsail is way more effective than similar area added low in the sail.
A classic normal maximum code 5 main sail will have the MGM, MGU and HB at 65%, 38% and 4% respectively of E. These are commonly referred to as the IMS limits.
At the January 2013 annual PHRF-NW handicappers meeting it was decided to apply additional adjustments to sails where there is additional cloth area above MGM. Specifically the decision was to i) double count the excess area above the MGM and ii) to use the rig P and E in place of MP and ME if larger.
The change for the PHRF-NW 2013 rules has the following: If either MGU exceeds .38*E or HB exceeds .04*E then both the following will apply:
i) In the NS Mainsail Area formula of paragraph G.2, MGU is replaced by (0.38 x E + (MGUmeasured – 0.38*E) x 2) and HB is replaced by (0.04*E + (HBmeasured – 0.4*E) x 2).
ii) The larger of ME or E and MP or P will be used in the mainsail area formula.
We draw your attention to the definition of HB (See chapter II, section F), if there is an upper batten that holds out the leach near the HB, the HB measurement will be taken to the end of that batten.

Also, in order to make it very difficult to build “rule beating” sails we draw your attention to the language in section II clause G.2. You will be required to supply the handicapper with whatever dimensions are needed to fairly compute the actual cloth area of a sail should the sail exhibit an unconventional sail shape.

So, what does this change to MGU and HB mean for existing sails? If the rating of the class of boat has always assumed the present oversized sail, then the present as-sailed rating will be preserved, the base rating will be adjusted to net back to the same as-sailed rating. Many One-Design and one-off boats will be in this category. On the other hand if the normal version of the boat did not have an oversize main, if the above arithmetic indicates such, there will be a rating adjustment. Over the next short while the handicappers will be reviewing all the existing boats with oversize MGU and/or HB’s. Then deciding for each class and specific boat whether the base will be adjusted or the as-sailed will be adjusted.