Circuit Instructions

The ECSA Offshore Committee has set the following recommendations and guidelines:



  1. Immediately after the conclusion of its race, each club shall forward a copy of the scratch sheet and results sheet, including all starters, DNF, and DSQ, signed by the Principle Race Officer to the ECSA circuit scorer listed in the front of the ECSA yearbook.
  2. Each Club shall mail or email race results to all entrants or post the results on the club website as soon as possible
  3. Failure to report race results as well as a poorly organized or run race may result in the suspension of that race from the ECSA sanctioned category for the following season.


ECSA has designated PHRF of Eastern Connecticut as the handicapping body for handicapping ECSA offshore races.  Only races sailed under PHRF will be scored in the Offshore Racing Circuit.  A boat class designator (C, HP, NSH, or SB) and a Time Correction Factor are included with all PHRF/ECSA issued certificates.  It is recommended that this TCF be used in Time on Time calculations.


Following the ECSA ORC classes as closely as possible to provide consistency in competition throughout the season is important for host clubs.  The ORC minimum class size is TWO yachts.  This will allow smaller classes with a reasonable PHRF rating spread.    Regular competition among the established classes will provide more meaningful season results. Ideally, classes should be assigned by class designators first, then by PHRF handicap. When there are 2 or more boats entered with a SB class designator, those boats should race in their own class, regardless of handicap rating. Wherever possible, boats with SB designators should not race against boats with C class designator.  The sponsoring race committee should make the most equitable classification that it can given the turnout for a particular race.


“Non-spinnaker racing is part of the Offshore Circuit and clubs should provide for this interest.  If, in the opinion of the race committee, there are insufficient entries to provide separate spinnaker and non-spinnaker class starts, the boats may be started together.  Non-spinnaker and spinnaker boats are to be scored separately regardless of mixed start.”

In case of too few entries to start this class host clubs should notify entrants several days before cancellation or start them with another class.


One of the drawbacks of smaller classes for host clubs is the cost of trophies.  Simple trophies at reasonable cost are very acceptable.


Please try to provide mooring arrangements for boats that are traveling to participate in your race.


There is concern among some entrants regarding the cost of race registration.  Most skippers are providing party tickets for their entire crew and the cost of a season’s campaign is considerable.  Please consider these factors when establishing race fees.


  • A variety of courses, given the prevailing conditions, with preferred distance of 10 to 20 miles should be considered.
  • Races should be configured so that they can be shortened if conditions deteriorate.
  • Races should be conducted in waters navigable by all participants. If hazards exist stand-off marks should be used.
  • Every effort should be made to delay starts until the prevailing breeze fills in. (Noon makes sense!)
  • If 2 races are scheduled the combined distance of both races should be 10 to 20 miles.
  • The race MUST be run by a US Sailing Certified Club Race Officer.
  • Distance races should be greater than 40 miles.


  1. Annual membership in ECSA is required to enter the Offshore Racing Circuit.
  2. PHRF Rating Certificates shall be updated annually. Forms will be mailed promptly to you upon receipt of the completed membership form and payment. PHRF and Membership can be completed on the ECSA website at
  3. Membership in ECSA ORC also requires US Sailing membership. All racing sailors are strongly urged to be members of the National Authority that guides and protects our sport. ECSA trophies will not be awarded to non-members of US Sailing.
  4. Read the following circuit regulations carefully. Violation of the regulations may void your score.
  5. You may concurrently participate in the circuit for point standings and in qualifying races for the National Offshore Championship. Check the appropriate boxes on the membership form for Spinnaker, Non Spinnaker, and qualifying races for National Offshore Championship. Six races are required to qualify for the circuit, five races to qualify for the National Championship, five races to qualify for Non Spinnaker division. Non-Spinnaker boats are not scored in the circuit overall.

When entering races:

  1. Fill out the race entry form completely (provided in this book) and attach your PHRF certificate copy. If you are entering Non-spinnaker, indicate so on each race entry form.
  2. Enclose a check for the correct amount made out to the sponsoring club.
  3. Enter early. A deluge of entries on closing day is hard on the Race Committee.
  4. A copy of your current PHRF certificate MUST accompany each entry.
  5. Respect the fact that you are a guest of the host yacht club. Know the rules and race fair. Ensure the proper conduct of your crew on the course and at the shore events. Show your appreciation to the Race Committees – they work very hard and deserve recognition.
  6. Races will be scored only when your current PHRF certificate is recorded with the Chief Handicapper.


The Lloyd Phoenix National Offshore Championship allows teams from across the nation to compete at one venue. In 2009 the Championship will be held on in Annapolis hosted by the U. S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron on September 25 – 27. To qualify, you must race in at least five circuit races prior to August 17th. Scoring and throw outs are as per circuit procedure. Bonus points do not apply to these calculations. Non-Spinnaker boats cannot participate.