Q & A About NPSRA
- Who is NPSRA?
We are an Illinois based, not-for-profit organization. Our purpose is to encourage, promote and support sailboat racing competition and foster a spirit of fellowship, seamanship and sportsmanship among members, their families and fellow yachtsmen.
- When does NPSRA race?
We race on Wednesday nights (beer can races) and Saturdays. Saturday we do buoy races and sometimes distance races.
- Where does NPSRA race?
NPSRA conducts around the buoy races just outside the entrance to North Point Marina. Our distance races start at North Point Marina and finish at North Point (e.g. North Point to Waukegan and back; North Point to Kenosha and back).
- Where is North Point Marina?
North Point Marina is located on Lake Michigan, in Winthrop Harbor IL, just south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border.
- Can I race without becoming a member?
Our point to point races are open to anyone who wants to race. Our Wednesday and Saturday series races are closed and available only to NPSRA members.
- What's a PHRF?
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) is a system of handicapping sailboats of different designs to level the playing field during a race.
- What's a PHRF Certificate?
A certificate issued by the Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet. It describes your boats critical measurements and shows your handicap based on the PHRF system.
- Do I need a PHRF Certificate to Race?
We would like everyone that races to have an official PHRF. But if you don't have one and just want to try racing, we'll assign a temporary handicap for you.
- Where do I get my PHRF Certificate?
Go to the Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet website. There you can download an application.