Golden Horseshoe District Meeting
February 15, 2022
The meeting was conducted on Zoom
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club – Sue Sproule (Chair)
Fifty Point Sailing club – Garry Cooke, Nick Ehlert
Georgian Yacht Club – Daniel Jones
Midland Bay Yacht Club – John Parkhurst
Oakville Yacht Squadron – Ken Town, Scott Lyons, Sean Dinsmore
Reef Boat Club – Ron Owston, Howard Cairns
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club – Al Molloy
Thornbury Yacht Club – Stephen Fisher
Assistant Chief Handicapper – Owen Schneider (attended for Items 1-3)
- SANTANA 20 SD/WK MOD - Appeal
An appeal for a rating change for the Santana 20 SD/WK Mod was reviewed and discussed.
The modified class was rated in June 2017 by the Assistant Chief Handicapper on a “rush” basis. It was acknowledged at the time that this was the SD/WK version of the Santana 20 and the MOD classification was applied to indicate that the rig was converted from fractional to masthead. At that time, the Assistant Chief Handicapper indicated that the rating should be reviewed by the District “at their next opportunity and confirm or change, subject to the usual process.”
Race results from the 2021 season were reviewed, showing that the boat is able to sail to its current handicap.
Moved by Garry that the appeal be denied.
Approved (Al Molloy abstained)
Susan will respond to the appellant.
2. FARR X2 CF-SB - Initial Assignment
This is a new boat from Farr Designs. Draft ORC ratings were the primary resource used to determine an initial assignment.
Moved by Susan that the initial assignment for the FARR X2 CF-SB be set at FS SP = 39 which gives an FS ASP of 53 with the recommended sail plan. The standard PTF of -6 seconds will apply, resulting in an ASP of 47 until sufficient race results are available for analysis.
3. DUFOUR 360 GL SD – Initial Assignment
This will be a non-member certificate, with a rating for NFS only.
Moved by Stephen that that the initial assignment for the DUFOUR 360 GL SD be set at FS SP = 135 which gives an NFS ASP of 168. The standard PTF of -6 seconds will apply, resulting in an NFS ASP of 162 until sufficient race results are available for analysis.
4. Race Analysis Review
All boats within the District that are on the Alert list were reviewed. No rating changes were recommended at the District level.
The Niagara 26 is a benchmark boat. It has consistently been on the alert list for NFS. Sue will ask for it to be discussed at Central Council.
5. Other business
a) Events for the 2022 PHRF-LO Championship (Chapman Trophy)
b) Handicapping changes for 2022
Symmetrical spinnakers – As of 2022, we change to measuring mid-girth rather than maximum girth. This should not make a difference for most boats; however more “triangular-shaped” symmetrical sails may receive a benefit if their sail is re-measured. Re-measuring would be done at the owner’s request.
Asymmetrical spinnakers – From the AGM it was noted that all asymmetrical sails should be measured to determine if they are legal sails. It was also suggested that the largest and the smallest be recorded. It is not clear where any additional data will be recorded or maintained, so for now keep local records on any new asymmetrical sails measured.