Welcome to PHRF NW!!
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 2013 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
NEW! Thanks to US Sailing, there is now a complete PHRF online database available to racers who would like more information on their ratings. For access to their new tools, please visit the website:
The USPHRF site tabulates many high and low ratings nationwide, it provides a database of critical boat dimensions, and it provides an analysis tool for investigating the validity of ratings based on measured results.
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.
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.
PHRF-NW publishes an annual Roster (handbook), containing complete information on PHRF-NW, handicap rating calculation information, and the roster of active members which is updated periodically on the website. The annual Roster, PHRF-NW Bylaws, along with periodically published Supplements to update the Roster listings should be consulted for complete information on PHRF-NW. The member boat listings on this site ("Boat Roster" pages) are periodic updates to the listings contained in the printed roster, including updated supplement listings, as noted.
The best sources of information about PHRF-NW should be the local yacht club PHRF-NW Handicapper and/or Director. These people are the "connection" to PHRF-NW at the local club racing level.
For a full PHRF NW handbook, which includes Membership, Chapter 2, and all contents, please contact PHRF NW to become a member.