PHRF NW Serving the Northwest Racing Community Since 1966

Welcome 2023! Renew Now

Wondering where your 2023  Certificate is?

If you renewed your membership, it has already been emailed to you, usually within 24 hours of your renewal. Please check your spam and junk folders.

042723 Council Meeting Minutes

2022/23 Changes that have already been phased in;

PHRF NW has been streamlining membership processes, reducing costs, improving delivery times, and making things easier and more visible to the members. This means using our website for more routine functions.

Here is what has changed;

          • The best way to reach the office is via email or fax, if you have a question for your handicapper contact them directly.
          • Paying through the website is the only option, we do not accept checks for payments. 
          • All member notifications are sent via the PHRF NW website or direct email to active members. If we don’t have your email address, you won’t get notices or certificates.
          • Only the Owner/PHRF NW member of the rated boat can renew the PHRF NW certificate.
          • As a member, you will receive email correspondence from PHRF NW throughout the year which will include your annual dues notice, upcoming handicapper council meetings and appeals, as well as meeting results.
          • We will email you a PDF copy of your PHRF NW certificate once you are paid as long as we have your email address.
          • The PHRF NW website is the place for all notices to members.
          • If you need sail numbers for your boat, go directly to US Sailing-

To make sure that you continue to receive important notices, please make sure messages do not go into your junk mail folder. We value your time, and your online privacy. We do not sell or share your email address, nor will you be bombarded with messages.

Your 2023 annual dues notice was sent by email, with instructions for paying online. Once you pay your dues online, we will email you a PDF copy of your certificate as long as we have your email address.

We look forward to 2023 and hope that you are all well. Stay tuned here for updates and notices.

Thank you for your continued support,



For clarification; your yearly PHRF NW membership expires on December 31st. There is no “grace period”. Membership runs from the day you renew until December 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.

2023 ushered in a new Chief Handicapper, David Lynch from Port Madison Yacht Club,  selected by the Council. If you have questions, please start with your assigned handicapper.

PHRF NW serves over 500 active members annually, hailing from 278 different yacht clubs in the Northwest under Area L of US Sailing.

This site provides the following information:

  • What’s new for 2023, dues, and handbook fees
  • How to join PHRF NW
  • How to renew if you have already been 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
  • Volunteer Job Descriptions
  • PDF copy of Class Rules/ Member Handbook

It is the prime objective of this long standing non profit corporation to promote sailboat racing in US Sailing Area L, of 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 US Sailing area L 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 directly to the PHRF NW Business Office at  [email protected].

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.