Hi fellow sailors and welcome to the 2021 PSA season.
We are planning a first race for the Tuesday PHRF series on 25 May and to continue to 14 September. Currently the plan is for the J24s One Design to race on Thursday starting 3 June thru 9 September (15 nights) depending on J24 signups. Actually, the first racing of the 2021 season will be the Laser Great Bay Yacht Club race on 15 May. The PSA Calendar has the dates for the week night racing series as well as John Paul Jones, Commodore’s Cup series, Gosport, Laser Weekend races and then the world famous Chumly’s Last Call. Notice of races and sailing instructions for week night race series will be posted under the Racing menu.
Some sailing rule changes are in the offing for 2021. Check the post on the PSA website. It’s basically some clarification of definitions and previous rules. The big change is that the hull is now the determining factor for start and finish versus a sprit or wayward crew member.
PHRF NE has a new short handed handicap which you can apply for after your normal or regular (their term) certificate is granted. As far as I can tell the rating is based on sail area and displacement with boat complexity considered. There is more information in the PHRF NE website under Handicap adjustments.
So, like last year, the process is to apply or renew your rating with PHRF NE and then once you receive your rating go to the Join link on the PSA website. That will send you to Regatta Network to register for your series. For non-boat owners (the smart ones) use the Join link to register as Crew. This is important to help with the costs of running PSA. For the J24s if you intend to race PHRF on the weekend races please be sure to renew or apply for 2021 rating.
We hope the season will not be impacted by the pandemic but, like always we will adjust as necessary. Please contact me or any of the board members, fleet captains or race committee via the email links under officers (sailpsa.org) with any concerns or questions.
Very Respectfully, Dan Rigterink