27 November 2023, PHRF-NB Meeting Minutes

November 2023

Date:         Monday, November 27, 2023
Time:         1830
Location:   Zoom

Call to Order: 6:33pm

Roll Call: Don Kern, Commodore; Will Museler, Rating Chairman; Roy Guay, Treasurer; Bob Horton, Secretary; Ken Madeiro, Committee Member; Vin McAteer, Committee Member; Mark Nannini, Committee Member; Matt Smith, Committee member; Ec Helme, Committee Member; Kathy Rotsky, PHRF-NB Administrator.

Approval Meeting Minutes: Minutes of the October 23, 2023 regular meeting and the Special Meeting on November 13 were seconded and approved as presented.

Appeals: None

Ratings Review:

Boats to be reviewed, of the boats that Commodore Kern listed as Provisional or Base changed over the Winter 2024 meetings (see list at end of minutes) 4 were selected for review.
Beneteau 1st 27 – Hawksbill
Eggemoggin 47 –Tink
Cape 31 – Sailing Inc
Star models

Old Business:

  1. Roy updated status of new web page from his 6Square Waiting for the metric to standard conversion to be implemented. Also upload files into the certificates is now working. Roy will provide a complete list of open items on the punch list.
  2. Board Meetings dates adjustment:
    1. Annual meeting: third Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 1830 was agreed on.
    2. February through May & September through November: Last Monday of month at 1800
    3. June through August: second and last Monday of month at 1800 last until 1930.

New Business:

    1. Annual meeting January 24. 2024 – at East Greenwich YC upon confirmation by Vin McAteer
    2. Update to Rules and Instructions for the annual meeting – it was agreed that there are no changes to be communicated.
    3. Results of the scheduled November Zoom meeting with US Sailing: Matthew Gallagher (US Sailing Board member), Ed Cesare (Offshore Chair), Andrew Clouston (SVP Programs & Services) and Tom Barnes (PHRF Chair) will be shared once the meeting is held. Ahead of the meeting a communication was received from Tom Barnes: “I recently had a long talk with Jim Teeters about what the Offshore office can accomplish in the near term and about setting some standards that fleets need to agree to in order to become PHRF fleets.”
    4. PHRF-NB Points agreed to be brought to the discussion of PHRF
      • VPP help on new designs looking for ratings
      • Help in trying to make PHRF a multi-number rule vs a single number
      • Facilitate meetings on a National basis so that regions can collaborate
      • Expand the online tools available and have tutorials on how to implement them
      • Update the “PHRF Handicaps Book” listing with new boat models, built after 2017
      • Does US Sailing support rating appeals
      • Status of US Sailing Insurance Program

Adjournment: 7:15pm