MYC PHRF Policy & Procedures
MYC Rating Application Form
Race Start Times
THE RATING PROCESS
Racing in Brevard county is generally done under some form of the national
PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) handicapping system.This is a
system whereby the performance, in actual races, of many examples of each
class or type of boat is compared to the performances of the other classes
of boats in the race. As a result of using this system for nearly 50 years,
a huge national database has been generated, giving the performance of every
type of boat raced in the US. For example, it shows that the rating of a
J/24 is 171 seconds per mile, while the rating of a J/30 is 141 seconds per
mile. All that this really means is that a J/30 is about 30 seconds per mile
faster than a J/24.
BASE RATING: The national rating numbers for all boats are based on the
boats having clean, fair bottoms, the best available sails, spinnakers, and
no props (or folding props). Many places around the country administer their
own PHRF fleets, and everyone recognizes that not every boat choses to fly a
spinnaker or use a folding prop, etc. So everyone has modifications to the
Base PHRF Rating to try to equate these less-than-perfect boats to the more
competitively maintained boats that they are racing against. We at MYC have
our own set of modifications to the Base PHRF Ratings, and that is where the
PHRF Rating Application Form comes in.
In order to determine what differences that your boat has compared to the
ideal, we ask you how big your jib is, is it made of exotic materials, what
kind of prop you have, etc. We also ask about the dimensions of your rig,
and your draft, since many boats like the Catalina 30 come in shallow draft
or deep draft, standard rig or tall rig, etc. Each of these variants has a
different Base Rating. Send me in a Rating App and I will send you a rating.
You need a PHRF rating from MYC to race in most of the races in the county,
including Rum Racing.
The PHRF Committee consists of the following members. Local sailing
organizations are welcome to have a representative on the committee.
Del Wiese (MYC, Chairman)
Hasty Miller (MYC, Chief Measurer)
Gregg Kowalski (MYC Representative)
Mike Nulf (IRYC Representative)
Charlie Stuard (PCYC
Contact Del Wiese with any questions at 321-773-4884 or
For information regarding MYC Rum Racing contact Hasty Miller at 321-723-7395 or