Obtain a PHRF Certificate

Obtain a Multihull PHRF Certificate

2018 Certificates

A 2018 Application is required if the boat is:

  1. New to the fleet, or
  2. Modified from 2017, or
  3. Without a 2017 Handicap

5 Steps to Obtain a PHRF Certificate

  1. Purchase a membership to BAMA. Applicants must be a BAMA member to get a certificate, BAMA membership can be purchasedhereor through the mail.  Click here to read the Instructions for purchase a membership.
  2. Down load the application form in .xls or .pdf format.  Applications require the dimensions of your boat, including hull, sails and rig. The Application has diagrams & explanations with sample measurements.
    1. Download Excel Application:  BAMA-Rating_App_Diagrams-15.xlsx
    2. Download PDF Application:  BAMA-Rating_App_Diagrams-4.pdf
  3. Purchase the PHRF Certficate hereor through the mail.  Click here to read the Instructions for purchase a membership.
  4. Send the completed form and supporting documents to the Rating Chair, RatingChair@sfbama.org
  5. Applications typically take 2 – 4 weeks to review before a certificate will be issued if no additional information is requested. 

One-Design Rating (ODR) applications have the Class Rule sail dimensions on supporting pages. The template applications are posted to facilitate One Design racing.

BAMA issues PHRF Handicaps for multihulls to race in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey Bay and Lake Tahoe at the request of the YRA PHRF Committee (NCPHRF) using their rules and guidelines with US Sailing guidance. BAMA PHRF Handicaps are determined relative to boats in the local Bay Area multihull fleet, using One-Design & National Association guidelines where they exist, other regional data, local race results and RatingRules as applicable.

BAMA uses Texel (NDL, AUS, DEN, CSA), SCHRS (World Sailing), MOCRA (UK) and Multi2000 (FRA) Rating Rules for multihulls over 15 feet. The Rating may be used to calibrate the initial PHRF Handicap.

BAMA recommends that multihulls & monohulls should not be scored in the same section or division in any competitive event in alignment with US Sailing PHRF (2).

  Initial PHRF Handicaps will be considered provisional in nature for boats new or unfamiliar to the committee. These handicaps may be reviewed and perhaps changed after one season or a series of races has transpired.

The BAMA PHRF Handicap Committee may decline to handicap any yacht for which it feels unable to determine a potential speed.

BAMA policy is all documentation must be submitted prior to issuing a PHRF Handicap. No handicap will be given over the phone or without full documentation having been made available to the entire committee.

The Committee may invalidate a Certificate at any time where cause is in evidence such as incorrect dimensions or other than declared equipment is used. Due process will be exercised to allow the owner to be heard and corrections made if the owner in the view of the Committee provides justification.


PHRF Committee
Dave Wilhite, Ratings Chair dave@wilhite.com
Chirs Harvey minzuki@prodigy.net
Jim Antrim jka@AntrimDesign.com
Jeremy Boyette jboyette63@gmail.com
Steve Green slackwater_sf@hotmail.com


  BAMA Race Results ( bama_results-1.xls ): Sec/Mi-to-1st, TCF-to-1st
Caution: Links update to new website in progress. 
ODR Applications (xls, pdf) One Design Results: TCF-to-1st


Corsair Sprint 750.xls Corsair Sprint 750.pdf ISAF World Cup (2014) Nacra17, Finn, 470 Men TCF-to-1st
Corsair 24 MkII.xls Corsair 24 MkII.pdf Corsair Trimaran Nationals, One-Design (2001-2009)
Corsair 28-R.xls Corsair 28-R.pdf Etchells22 North Americans, One-Design (2010)
Corsair 31R.xlsx Corsair 31R.pdf F18 Catamaran One-Design Races (2009-2010)
Sprint 750 Class.doc Corsair 24 MkII Class.pdf Load Cell Certification: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2009
C-31R Class.pdf Corsair 24 Mk I Class.pdf Boats are weighed in a dry condition, as raced, w/sails &
C-28R Class.pdf F-27 Class Rules.pdf required Coast Guard safety equipment, w/o personal gear.
  F-25C Rules.htm The intent is correct data for a more accurate rating, optional.
Handicap & Rating Links
  YRA.org NCPHRF San Francisco, Monohull Handicaps, Rules
  World Sailing.org Handicaps and Ratings
  ORCA Southern California, Multihull Handicap Racing (PDF)
  Texel NETHERLANDS Multihull Ratings & Rules
  Texel AUSTRALIA Multihull Ratings & Rules, MYCQ (OMR)
  Texel CSA Caribbean Sailing Assoc. Multihull Ratings
  Yachting Australia Victoria Yardstick Multihulls (pdf 442kb)
  MOCRA United Kingdom, RORC Multihull Ratings & Rules
  SCHRS ISAF Small Catamaran Handicap Rating System
  BAMA PHRF Rules and Guidelines (2003  BAMA-Rules-Guidelines-2003v103103.pdf , 2014 pdf BAMA-Rules-Guidelines-20140224.pdf)
  Handicap Appeal (pdf bama_rating_appeal.pdfdoc bama_rating_appeal.doc) Handicap Overview (pdf ratings_overview-1.pdf
  BAMA Handicaps – Ratings: January 2013 (PPTX 160 KB)