Loosely based on the “Arbitrary Fleet” of the West Coast of the 1940's, PHRF emerged in the early 1980's as an empirically based handicapping system to give sailors easier access to a handicap than afforded by measurement rules.

In December 1979, 12 yacht clubs along the south shore of Lake Ontario gathered to discuss area wide PHRF ratings to facilitate their inter-club racing.Thus laying the foundations of PHRF Lake Ontario.

A list of PHRF-LO Executives and years of service.

Operated as a not for profit organization servicing the sport of sailing on Lake Ontario and surrounding waters, the organization is headed by a group of Executive and Central Council members who are responsible for the running of the organization including, financial expenses and handicaps.

Links to historical documents & records from the inception of PHRF-LO.

PHRF-LO Eastern Yachting District Meeting
May 25 2024 7 PM
Via ZOOM – Hosted at NSC

Meeting called to order at 7:05 PM
Attendees: BRIT - Alex Taylor, COBA / DC – Bill Visser, KYC – Chris Walmsley, KYC – Robert Weguelin, NSC – Trevor Whitehouse,

Five IA’s being presented for consideration. No additional boats brought forward.

1. ALBERG 22 IB (PEYC Mike Bowland)– Inboard version of Alberg 22.
M/S Chris Walmsley / Trevor Whitehouse – SP of 294 NFS-SP 306, No PTF. Carried

2. SEASCAPE 27 CF IB (PRYC Kyle Boyce) – Inboard version of Seascape 27 (Torqueedo Sail Drive, permanently glassed vs retractable.
M/S Trevor Whitehouse / Alex Taylor – SP of 81 NFS-SP of 114. No PTF. Carried

3. HANS NICHOLSON 25 (PEYC Mike Bowland) – One-of boat. Wooden.
M/S Robert Weguelin / Trevor Whitehouse – SP of 216 NFS-SP of 228, No PTF.

4. DUFOUR 365 GL SD (KYC Chris Walmsley) – Boat recently rated by TORE District in Non-SD configuration.
M/S Trevor Whitehouse / Alex Taylor – SP of 135 NFS-SP of 144. No PTF. Carried,

5. FARR 38 / 11.6 Design 172 (COBA Bill Visser) – Boat has been previously rated using Farr 38 / 11.6 Design 72 measurements. There is a different in Design 172.
(Heavier, Different Keel).
 Concern that reported DISPL of 17000#over original DISPL of 10,600# or designer calculated DISPL of 11,700#. This does not seem to line up with other reported measurements.
Requested that LWL be checked. – IA Withdrawn.

KYC Chris Walmsley asked about how boat Destroyed can be removed from club inventory. Bill reported that previously there was an option to change boat on certificate to “.BOAT SOLD” which would keep the certificate alive but not track a specific boat class as tied to the certificate. With the OLC program, this is an option no longer available, and options are being investigated by PHRF-LO administration. Concern is that by keeping boat in inventory that no longer exists a false narrative may be represented.

With no other business, meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.



Attendees: Sean Dinsmore (OYS), Larry Huibers (NLSC), Paul Hays (YYC), Rob Lenters (NLSC)

TORE District Meeting  

April 25th 2024  

19:00H / 7:00pm – Actual 19:05H / 7:05PM  

Central Council Supplemental meeting

Thursday May 2, 2024

7:00 pm Zoom

Attendees: Sue Sproule, Adam Farkas, Bill Visser, Sean Dinsmore, Mike Brown, Kevin Piper, Diana Riley, Owen Schneider, Sheena Tait

Toronto West PHRF Lake Ontario District Meeting

Central Council Spring Meeting
March 24th, 2024
Zoom & Port Credit Yacht Club

Thank you for your interest in joining Performance Handicap Racing Fleet - Lake Ontario (PHRF-LO).

We are always willing to accept new clubs to our organization and look forward to having you join in the future.

As a Member Club of PHRF-LO your annual Membership Invoice is sent out in February.

Members are billed annually based on the number of certificates issued the previous season.

Many clubs are very confused about how the fee for their certificates is applied and why.

Report to Central Council in 2000

NFS Ratings vs Standard SP Ratings.

A document presented to the Central Council of Handicappers

One of two projects that have been on the spotlight by Central Council is the Keels adjustments.

Adam Farkas (Assistant Chief Handicapper), in conjunction with, Garry Cooke (Technical Advisory Committee) took a deep look into the differing types of keels and the affect on speed potential.

A PDF of the “initial” study. 

By Owen Schneider, TORE District Chief

In anticipation of allowing these sails for Point to Point racing, review has begun and talks within the Technical advisory committee have resulted in a few possible items of concern.

In an effort to address a request by members, a considerable amount of time has been spent on looking at and considering various options for establishing a Point to Point (PtoP) handicap for PHRF-LO certificate holders. This included looking at what other regions were doing, ORC handicaps and VPP’s.

Revised NFS Delta for 2020 will use the Jim Teeters Windward Leeward 8 Co-effecients.