Volume 11. Issue 4

The Newsletter of PHRF Lake Ontario

Sept 2006

PHRF News                                                       

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Your link to what's happening in and around the lake
News, services, events, projects, items of interest and much, much more.

There is not a great deal to report which is why there has been no newsletter since May.

I will keep some items from last month because we still have some people that need this information.

I am including some stats on certificates for this year.


Diana Riley
Executive Assistant PHRF-LO


    I know that I have been extremely busy up until the last couple of weeks. So I thought it would be interesting to see what exactly I have been dealing with.

Here are some interesting stats:

I started the season with around 1400 blank certificate paper. I had to order another 500 in June and just received another 500 to be printed. Many of these (as you will note later) ended up in my garbage due to errors by the new program, a few also by me or the owners/handicappers.

We have 1543 active certificate holders for 2006 so far. I have printed, mailed and emailed over 1700 certificates. Some of these include changes  by owners/handicappers or corrected certificates due to program issues.

We have 55 clubs that have certificates associated with there membership.

The Nepean Sailing Club was just issued it's 100th certificate. This is the highest number of certificates ever issued at one club. Nepean combines their racing with Brittania Yacht Club who has 30 and Club Voile Grand Riviere who has 17.

The second highest number of certificates is 79 at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club.

I have issued 152 NEW certificates so far this season.







Many have questioned how and when a spinnaker gets "grandfathered".

We could have approached this many ways, but for various reasons, decided to handle this as follows:

Any Certificate with a Spinnaker (either Symmetrical or Asymmetrical) will receive a +3 sec/nm credit when the "size of the sail" falls within the 3% change bracket from last years Flying Sails adjustment table (see: Handicapper Manual Part II).

For Example: John Smith's boat has a 181.5% Symmetrical Spinnaker. In previous years, he received no penalty for this, and the code was "5". This year his Spinnaker will receive a -3 sec/nm penalty, and have a code of "6". John's spinnaker falls into that 3% change between 180.1 to 183% and therefore, a "grandfather" adjustment of +3 will be given to offset this and his overall handicap will remain the same.

If a spinnaker does not fall into that 3% change bracket, there will be no "grandfather" adjustment given.

There will be no "grandfathering" of Spinnaker Poles. If your spinnaker pole is the reason your G% falls into the 3% change bracket, you will not receive the "grandfather" adjustment.


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