Wednesday Night PHRF races are a "fun" series designed to get sailors out on the water improving racing skills, hosted by Nantucket Community Sailing. Races are open to anyone in the community. Thank you to Eric Robbins, Nantucket Yacht Club principal race officer, for running the races.
Registration: You only have to register once the first time you race (by 3:00pm of the day of the race) so that we have your information. There is no charge to race. Prizes will be awarded weekly and to the top five overall for the series.
Each evening is generally two races, one lap around a windward/leeward course of about 1 nautical mile. The start area, depending on conditions, is 1 nautical mile northeast of the entrance to Nantucket Harbor. First gun is at 1800 (6:00PM), so plan to leave the harbor by 1700 (5:00 PM.) Generally, we will be finished by dusk and back in the harbor between 7:30-8PM. It is highly recommended that sailors have running lights, a lantern and a GPS on board in the event of fog or dark.
The race committee monitors Channel 72 and will be found anchored on the starting line in a small powerboat after 5:30.
Boats may sail with or without spinnakers with a handicap adjustment for non-spinnaker boats. If a boat does not have an official PHRF rating, use these references to determine an approximate rating:
IOD's with spinnakers use 144, and without spinnakers use 156.
Alerions use 180.
There will be a social gathering following the races each week to announce results and award prizes at about 8:30PM.
For further information, call NCS at 508-228-6600. Thank you to Nantucket Yacht Club for providing Race Committee Support.