J-80 PHRF on inland Lakes

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Postby nikonsean » Thu May 04, 2006 2:37 pm

I am currently in a rating 'clarification' process on Lake Lanier, GA. This lake has very light conditions most of the time. Can anyone who sails PHRF tell me the rating they have if you sail in a light air area. Please indicate what headsail the rating assumes.

Also, please indicate what J-29's and Wavelength 30 (not likely to have one of these) rate on your water.


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Postby Guest » Fri May 05, 2006 12:04 am

The link below shows Rod Johnstone's recommendation for J/Boat PHRF ratings, which are very close to what we use on Galveston Bay.


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Postby danieljcpa » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:19 am

I'm getting killed racing phrf on an inland lake which is very much an upwind/downwind racing situation, we are sailing with a 117 phrf handicap issued out of San Francisco (a notorious windy area) and the lake is a high altitude 8-12 knot area.

I noticed that Southern Cal has listed a "J80 ODR" with a higher handicap number.

What is a "J80 ODR"?
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Postby danieljcpa » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:51 am

PHRF optimization for 8-12 knots.

What are you light wind phrf guys doing to optimize the boat for PHRF and how is it working out for you?

Also is anyone out there sailing a stock boat in mostly phrf racing and how are you doing with the standard 120 to 117 handicap.

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Postby beauly » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:45 pm

We are not on an inland lake, but we race in the harbor on Tuesday nights in mostly VERY light wind conditions. Most of the Tuesday nights have been 5-6-8 knots. We have not been doing well at all with our rating of 120. This is the ODR with the class 101% jib. Which means that we just creep to windward. To be fair to the rating however, we have a crappy bottom and we are still learning how to sail the boat. So I don't feel that we are sailing the boat perfectly every time by any means. But so much of our rating is based on this boats ability to scream downwind in a breeze, or even plane, but we have not had that breeze in the harbor yet, so we just ghost back and forth at high angles while the other boats head straight down to the leeward mark.
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