This booklet has been compiled to providing the new handicapper with sufficient information to fulfill his/her duty as quickly as possible. The experienced handicapper will also find this useful as a reference for both the formulae contained within and assist in responding to the most common questions, which arise from time to time.
Many people have put in long hours on their own time to formulate this PHRF-LO system. They have done so out of a sincere desire to improve all sailors’ enjoyment of racing in a world where the 'newest and fastest' designs made racing that 'old tub' a fearful, unpleasant sport. These people have taken the frustration out of racing through their contributions.
For those who have made these contributions, OUR HEARTFELT THANKS!
BUT, WE must not forget that those who are out there racing 'old tubs and modern rockets' are the best contributors. Their faith in PHRF-LO has been our continued motivation, and the results from their racing has been the reason for PHRF-LO’s success. With each race that is scored we have been able to compile more information on individual boats’ sailing characteristics, so now they are able to compete more effectively against most every other vessel sailing within PHRF-LO.
The OLD TIMERS who organized and made PHRF-LO an organization are as follows:
Jack Schneider, Fred White, Fred Hubble, Charlie Kramer, Steve Corona, Ross Cameron, Steve Cramer, Earl Cliffel, Rick Hibbs, Marv Kriluck, Graham Moss. All of these people and more made their mark. All of us continue to benefit from their initial work.
PHRF-LO handicaps are based on the observed PERFORMANCE of a boat or fleet of boats. To date the PERFORMANCE of PHRF-LO and its Certificate Holders has been grand. It is with the continued support of the Certificate Holders that it will improve further. If we were to dedicate this handbook, it would be to Sailors Everywhere.
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