The Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (LMPHRF) is a not­for­profit corporation serving individuals who competitively sail cruising/racing monohull and multihull boats, primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. LMPHRF also services sailors

throughout the country and sailors from select Canadian Yacht Clubs. LMPHRF is a handicap certificate issuing organization; it does not sponsor, organize or manage competitive sailing events.


It is the intention of LMPHRF to fairly handicap monohull and multihull cruising/racing sailboats for competition with as little expense
to the owner as possible. If LMPHFR refuses to provide a handicap, it is usually because it is not possible for handicappers to obtain information accurate enough to assess the boat’s speed potential or the boat does not meet minimum safety standards. LMPHRF operates using procedures consistent with those of the United States Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (USPHRF), and abides by all applicable regulations and rule rules of the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing). LMPHRF annually reviews its operating procedures
and rules and regulations to improve services to its constituents.


LMPHRF researches, develops, establishes and maintains an equitable system of performance handicaps for qualifying sailboats that typically race on Lake Michigan, nearby inland lakes and waterways, and on the Great Lakes.


LMPHRF operating procedures guide performance handicap determination, handicap validation and certification, and appeal of issued performance handicaps.


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LMPHRF Certificate of Handicap holders' personal information
and certificate is not displayed on the organization's website.


The privacy of those who hold a valid Certificate of Handicap to those visiting the LMPHRF website is important to the organization. No personal information is shown. This encompasses certificate owner(s) name, address, phone number, US Sailing membership identification or email information. When such personal information is needed, written permission of individual owner(s) must grant it by writing the office of the LMPHRF executive director, indicating the purpose of the request.


Organizers of LMPHRF who score competitive sailing events have access to some of this information since a LMPHRF Certificate of Handicap presented for race entry has the information that race organizers typically need.


LMPHRF does not organize or manage competitive racing events. It is
a certificate-issuing authority affiliated with US PHRF and US Sailing.