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Welcome to PHRF Lake Ontario

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

Lake Ontario 300

Regatta Notification!

When: July 12, 2004

For more information, click here.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 13:17

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

Symmetrical Spinnaker Foot

Now a required measurement!

In conjunction with the change to the way we calculate the Spinnaker size and adjustments, we will now require that all Symmetrical Spinnakers include the "foot" measurement.

We have included a spot in our Application form (new version is now available) and the Handicappers Worksheet to report this.

Certificates that currently include a Symmetrical Spinnaker will have the foot listed equal to the reported "Max Girth".

We suggest that owners measure and report the "actual" foot measurement as in most cases it will be smaller than the Max Girth and "may" results in a smaller calculated spinnaker size, which could affect your 2014 Handicap Certificate.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 10:06

Grandfathering Spinnakers

Discontinuation of Grandfathering a Spinnaker

In 2006, PHRF-LO lowered the maximum spinnaker size (without penalty) to 180% from 183%. In order to ensure that boats were not penalized due to this change, it was agreed that all spinnakers built before 2006, would be grandfathered for the life of the sail.

"See original article here"

Starting in 2014, we will no longer be grandfathering ANY spinnakers.

During a project to correct and improve the way we calculate our spinnaker sizes and apply penalties, it was realized that applying the grandfathering for spinnakers would not be possible.

"See Sail area project article"

Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:48
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