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Yacht Rating Information

The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing events are open to yachts holding a valid certificate from one of the three following rating systems: IRC, PHRF and GLMRA. You can find more details below regarding each rating system.

IRC

Lake Ontario Offshore Racing  anticipates significant growth in IRC racing on Lake Ontario over the coming years; as such, we wish to encourage all faster yachts owners to seriously consider their participation in the 2014 events as a member of the growing IRC community.

Sail Canada is authorized to act as the Canadian Agent for IRC in Canada, representing RORC, the UK owners of the system. As such, Sail Canada accepts applications on behalf of RORC for all vessels that wish to race under the IRC rules in Canada. You can visit the Sail Canada IRC website for more information about requesting a new IRC application or revalidating your existing certificate.  Lake Ontario Offshore Racing recommends that interested skippers get their yacht properly measured and weighed to obtain the most accurate rating; John Crawley is the IRC chief measurer for Canada and can be contacted for information on competing forms and other technical requirements related to measurement and weighing. John can reached at jccrawley@gmail.com or 905-271-5726.

Yachts based in the USA can apply for an IRC certificate through US Sailing, the american national authority and RORC representative in the United States at US Sailing IRC.

PHRF

The Performance Handicap Racing Fleet on Lake Ontario is coordinated by the PHRF-LO organization. The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing events require yachts to have valid PHRF Certificate to participate in the PHRF divisions. To obtain a Certificate, the vessel owner must submit a completed application, approved for correctness by the Club PHRF Handicapper, to PHRF-LO. It is the Certificate Holder’s responsibility to ensure they are participating in the race with the yacht configuration outlined in their certificate. Competing in a race with a yacht in a configuration different from that shown on the PHRF-LO Certificate is subject to protest by any competitor or the PHRF-LO local District Council or the Central Council.

GLMRA

The Great Lakes Multihull Racing Association was created to provide multihull racers with a rating rule and certificate, universally accepted throughout the region This group/rule is intended to encourage innovation and participation in racing on the Great Lakes, minimize confusion and partisanship, allow for the expedient development of boats and equipment, encourage innovation and safety as well as respect balanced interests of fair competition and sportsmanship.

Multihull yacht owners who wish to participate in the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing events must present a valid GLMRA certificate. An application form is available on their website.

Compliance with Certificates

It is the Certificate Holder’s responsibility to ensure they are participating in the race with the yacht configuration outlined in their certificate. Competing in a race with a yacht in a configuration different from that shown on the certificate can be subject to protest by any competitor, the race committee or the rating organization.

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