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PHRF Rating Information

PHRF is a handicapping system used in sailboat racing around the world. It allows dissimilar classes of sailboats to be raced against each other. The aim is to cancel out the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each class of boat, so that results reflect crew skill rather than equipment superiority.

The process of determining the PHRF for an individual boat begins with the 2014 Lake Erie Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (reported Base HCP ratings, when not listed in the Lake Erie Resource), and then considers individual attributes of the boat, such as:

  • Modifications made to the rig or the rudder
  • The size of the largest head sail (Jib or Genoa)
  • The size of the spinnaker
  • Type of keel (full, fin, or wing)
  • The number of blades on the propeller
  • The style of the propeller (fixed, folding, feathering)

Request Your ACSA PHRF Rating »Current Club PHRF Ratings (as of 2019) »


If you have questions about PHRF ratings, email our PHRF Chairperson at

If you have general questions about racing, contact our Vice Commodore at


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