All boats participating in races held by the RStLYC will require a valid SLVYRA handicap, except for the Friday Fun Races Series, which uses its handicapping system.
The St. Lawrence Valley Yacht Racing Association is the regional handicapping association that oversees PHRF handicaps for all boats in the area. Each member club appoints a club handicapper responsible for measuring boats and sails at their club and assigning the handicaps. The identity of the handicapper is under the heading Sailing Committee, and his details are in the Club roster, in the member's section of the RStLYC website. The handicapper is the single point of contact for any handicap-related questions the skipper may have.
Boat not on SLVYRA list
If your boat does not currently exist in the SLVYRA List of Rated Yachts, please contact the handicapper to get a handicap assigned.
Boat new to the club but already on the SLVYRA list
If your boat comes to the RStLYC from another SLVYRA-affiliated club, let the handicapper know so that your boat's record can be updated
Changes to sail plan, rig, hull, or propulsion
If you have updated your boat's sails and their dimensions have changed, this can affect your handicap. Please contact the handicapper to update your boat handicap.
If your propeller has changed, such as switching to a feathering or folding prop or from a 3-blade to a 2-blade fixed prop, there is an impact on your handicap. Deciding to store an outboard in the hull instead of hanging it off the stern will alter your rating. Please contact the handicapper to update your boat handicap.
FRIDAY FUN RACES SERIES HANDICAPS
The Friday Fun series is an excellent way for new sailors to learn about racing and to be comfortable handling their boats in close quarters. The SLVYRA handicaps assume that each boat is in optimal condition with optimal sails and a crew at the top of their game. However, the Friday Fun Races Series handicapping system also considers the skipper in the equation. So, two identical boats, one with a new inexperienced skipper and crew, and the other with a well-seasoned competitive team will have very different handicaps. Also, the handicaps will change during the season to allow all boats to be competitive. Past winners of the Friday Fun Races Series are also handicapped so as not to get in the way of those who have not yet won. The handicaps will be displayed on the board in the Clubhouse Pavillion and on this page. Please contact the handicapper if you have any questions or want to request a change to your handicap.
The identity of the handicapper is under the heading Sailing Committee, and his personal details are in the Club roster, in the member's section of the RStLYC website.