The last pre-requisite I needed to enter races was a PHRF rating – kind of like a handicapping system for boats. In theory, it means that fast boats can race against slow boats in a kind of even playing field – and makes it a lot easier to put boats into divisions against similar competitors.
I got my certificate yesterday with a rating of 168 meaning I’ll definitely be one of the slower boats on the course. On paper anyway. I think in heavy winds I’ll do better than my rating as I had points added on for the small headsail and spinnaker size.