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Pat Beausoleil, long time PHRF-NB Office Manager Passes

Patricia Ann (Fitzgerald) Beausoleil, 83, a resident of Washington, NC, passed away peacefully at ECU Medical center, Greenville, North Carolina on March 13, 2024. She is reunited with the love of her life, her husband, Ronald Eugene Beausoleil who passed on December 31, 2022.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 30, 1940 to William and Geraldine (Farrara) Fitzgerald. She leaves behind her step sons Fredric and Dana Beausoleil; three step-grandchildren: Aaron, Joshua, Tess and Shiara Beausoleil; a sister Anne (Kinnes) Domenici of Warwick, Rhode Island, and her brother Thomas Kinnes of Providence, Rhode Island. Also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Barbara Bove of Johnston, Rhode Island.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Pat’s obituary.


Pat ran the office for both PHRF-NB and NBYA for many years first out of her house then an office in the Herreshoff building complex both in Bristol, RI. Pat and Ron, her husband, moved to North Carolina and Pat continued to handle the office for PHRF-NB for quite a few years from down there until she called it quits.  The PHRF-NB committee and members have fond memories of Pat and miss her.

PHRF-NB Withholding Dues to US Sailing do to Lack of Support

Since the PHRF regions serve the greatest number of racing sailors in the United States by a significant margin and the apparent lack of support by US Sailing to the PHRF regions, in that our dues are being funneled to other activities rather than supporting the PHRF fleets. Recommendations were presented at meetings between our leadership and members of the US Sailing Offshore Committee, these were:
•    VPP help on new designs looking for ratings
•    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
•    Update and Access to the boat data on US Sailing for all regions

As the above recommendation have not been address and we continue to see a lack of initiative and focus by US Sailing on grass roots level keelboat racing in the US; PHRF-NB’s Committee has voted to hold back dues for 2024.

Don Kern
Commodore, PHRF-NB

Certificate renewal/new are now available!

You are now able to create a new certificate or renew a certificate for 2024.

New this year is that while entering the data you can enter either standard units (feet, pounds) or metric units (meters, kilograms).  There is a button at the top of the forms that allows you to switch between units.

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If you already have an account and you have changed your email address from the one you used to create the account, log in with the old email address, Click “My Account”, Click “Edit” and change the email address to the new email address then click “Save” at the bottom.  DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.