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Jib Headsail Half Width (HHW)

Due to ongoing confusion regarding the necessity to measure the Headsail Half Width (HHW), Central Council has again reviewed he wording and voted to approve a rewording which they hope will clear up any misunderstandings.


Motion: Revise Handicappers Manual as follows:
Part II, Section 7.1.2:
Non Triangular Jibs – for boats with Jibs where the leach (aft edge) sheets
in front of the spreaders and have at least one full length batten, will be
required to submit the Headsail Half Width (HHW)
M/S: Adam/Owen. Carried.
Friendly amendment:
Revise Handicappers Manual, Part II, Section 7.1.2 as follows:
NOTE: Any sail less than 115% LP should be reviewed and shall be measured
for the HHW or risk protest

New Motion:
Revise Handicappers Manual, Part II, Section 7.1.2 as follows:

Should the largest Headsail in the boats rated inventory be of a LP 115% or
less, and that sails aft edge trims ahead of the spreaders with battens, the HHW
shall be measured.

Brian Chapman re-iterated that Handicappers should be made aware that excess Jib roach (ie: HHW * 2 is greater than LP), will require battens.

So this should be the first clue that the HHW should be reported when the largest Jib is 115% or less.



Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:58

Single Digit Adjustments for Sail Sizes

For the 2015 Racing Season.

Central Council has approved instituting single digit adjustments for sails sizes.

This will have the affect that small differences in sail sizes between two boats will see a smaller difference.

Eg: J 30 with spinnaker of 181.3% gets -3 where 179.6 gets 0. A nominal 1.7 % smaller.

For details, please click on "Read More" below.

NEW: February 28, 2015 - Changes to the Mainsail maximum has been made.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:11

Sail & Handicapping Guidelines Support

To our valued Clubs and Handicappers,

As we approach the 2014 racing season, many of you may be experiencing anxiety at the volume of work that will be required with all the new/different sail measurements that we will be asking for.

Rest assured, you will not be left out there to fend for yourself.

We have created a complete set of suggestions and/or guidelines for Clubs. Handicappers and especially owners to help lighten the burden.

Of course, as always, your individual Club and/or handicappers can decide how you want to handle the influx of certificate changes but we are enclosing some documentation (links) that can be printed and supplied to owners or your club when questions arise.

MARCH 2014: Some modifications to the original publication where made to correct some formula issues.
Click here for specific details about the change.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:54

Regatta Participants !

If you are planning on attending one or more of the many great regattas on Lake Ontario and you are required by the event organizers to obtain a PHRF-LO handicap certificate, you will need to read on....

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 11:30

Local number change

We have discovered that our local number is being displayed (spoofed) by a company trying to solicit their services.
Therefore, due to the overwhelming number of calls from irate people, we have been forced to change that number.

The new local (Hamilton, On) phone number is: 289-756-0918

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Diana Riley
Our Toll Free number was not affected by this and remains: 800-488-9885


New Application Form

With the recent changes to some required information, we have updated the Certificate Application form for 2013.

New requirements include:

Foot measurement for the symmetrical spinnaker
No Spinnaker Pole or articulating Bowsprit
Square Top Main
Roller Furling Main type
Mast Type

This information will assist us with handicapping your boat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:43

Carl's Sail Calculator

A Web page designed so that you can use it to look up sailboat parameters in a large database of boats,

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 October 2010 12:33

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