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Keelboat Handicapping at MHYC

Middle Harbour Yacht Club uses a number of different handicapping systems to provide enjoyable and competitive racing for its members who sail a variety of different boats. 



The International Rating Certificate is a rating rule to handicap different designs of keelboats allowing them to race together.  A rating is not altered between races according to the individual boat’s performance but is based on the physical measurements of the boat.

IRC handicapping is used for the premier classes in MHYC’s major regattas, the Sydney Short Offshore Racing Championship and Sydney Harbour Regatta.  It is also used for the MHYC Ocean Series and Inshore Series.


ORC Club

ORC Club uses the Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) to rate boats of different characteristics. It relies on the measurement of a boat and its sails, affecting their theoretical speed. With ORC Club, a boat’s handicap remains constant from week to week.

ORC Club is a simplified and less expensive version of the ORC International rating system (ORCi) which is based on a complete boat measurement.  It is designed for Club-level racing up to national championship level. Both systems having the same rating and can be scored together in any races.

ORC Club handicapping is used for the Sydney Harbour Combined Clubs Inshore Series, the MHYC Inshore and Sprint Series, and the Women’s Twilight Series.



One Design Racing is where all boats are identical or similar in design. Class-legal boats race each other without any handicap calculations, start at the same time, and the winner is the first to cross the finish line.  One Design results are used for the Sydney Harbour Regatta, for Adams 10, J/24 and Farr 40 classes in the MHYC Inshore Series and/or Sprint Series, and for class sanctioned regattas.



The Performance Handicap System adjusts a boat’s handicap after each race based on the performance of that boat relative to other boats in that fleet. 

Entrants in each race have an Allocated Handicap (AHC).  When the results are calculated for that race, a Back Calculated Handicap (BCH) is generated for each boat. This is the handicap the boat needed to finish at the same corrected time as the rest of the fleet.  The AHC for the next race is then calculated using 1/3 of the BCH plus 2/3 of the AHC from the race just completed.

PHS rewards consistent performance improvements and levels the playing field for older boats and less experienced crews. PHS is used for the Sydney Harbour Combined Clubs Inshore Series and for the MHYC Inshore and Sprint Series.



Pursuit Handicaps can be generated through the Performance Handicap System or the Penalty Place System and provide a time (in whole minutes) after the race start at which a boat is permitted to start.  MHYC uses the penalty place system to handicap boats which have performed well in the previous race.  It is designed to provide greater opportunity for all boats to achieve a race win or high placing and keep competition interesting for all the fleet.

Penalty Place Pursuit Handicaps are used for the Pacific Rigging Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series and the Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Series with differing penalties.  Pursuit Handicaps are allocated on a race-by-race basis for MHYC Feature Events and Charity and Corporate Regattas.


Australian Sailing ratings page - click here

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Return to COVIDSafe Sailing

To enable MHYC to resume sailing in June, a COVIDSafe Sailing Risk Management Strategy has been developed and a number of changes will be adopted for racing over the next three months:

  • The Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series 4 will progress as scheduled commencing June 10 but there will be changes to the Saturday sailing program.  A pursuit race on June 13 will be followed by two sprint races on June 20, then Pursuits and Sprints will alternate each Saturday through June and July until the commencement of the four race Leading Edge Series on August 8.  A notice to competitors has been posted to the Keelboat Noticeboard - click here
  • COVIDSafe Sailing Information for Competitors will be circulated and displayed at the club.  To download the information – click here 
  • Every boat will now be required to register their crew list through Top Yacht and ensure it is updated for each race.  To register or update your crew list, select the race date on the COVIDSafe Crew Registration page – click here
  • A COVIDSafe Sailing Skippers Briefing will be held next Thursday 4 June at 6pm.  A maximum of 25 skippers can attend the briefing in the Harbourview Room, while anyone can attend via Zoom video / teleconference.  An invitation will be forwarded to owners soon.

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SailPass at MHYC

The SailPass system has been introduced at MHYC from the commencement of the 2019-2020 Sailing Season


What is SailPass

  • SailPass is a means by which a person who is not a Sailing Member of an affiliated club can go sailing at MHYC by offering temporary membership (for one or a few days)
  • Unaffiliated sailors can register for a SailPass online (via the Australian Sailing RevSport portal) and pay online or key in a complimentary SailPass code
  • SailPasses will be $15 per day for passes purchased from September 2021 - 31 August 2022.
  • Provided they are entered into at least one MHYC Series, owners of boats on the MHYC Yacht Register will receive ten Complimentary SailPass Codes that can be distributed at the owner’s discretion
  • From September 2019, all participants in MHYC races are required to either be MHYC Sailing Members, be a financial Sailing Member of another Australian affiliated club, or have a valid SailPass for the day
  • Each person can use SailPass at MHYC for no more than 15 days in each membership year
  • MHYC Sailing or Full Members and Sailing Members of other Australian affiliated clubs are not required to use SailPass


The benefits for MHYC

  • Addresses the use of the club facilities and programs by non-members
  • Ensures that all crew are at least temporarily affiliated with MHYC, are compliant with RRS 75.2, World Sailing Regulation 19 and the Australian Sailing Prescriptions to RRS 46
  • Ensures that all crew have some level of personal accident insurance


The benefits for MHYC boat owners

  • Ensures that all crew are at least temporarily affiliated with the club, are compliant with RRS 75.2 and World Sailing Regulation 19 and the Australian Sailing Prescriptions to RRS 46
  • Ensures that all crew have some level of personal accident insurance
  • Helps to attract potential crew members to MHYC


The benefits for non-members

  • A flexible, accessible, easy & affordable introduction to sailing at clubs for people new to the sport
  • Any amounts paid for SailPass at MHYC within a membership year can be credited to a sailing membership in the same year
  • Mobile friendly
  • Provides personal accident insurance


How SailPass is being implemented at MHYC

  •   September 2021 – All crew are required to be members of MHYC or another affiliated club but SailPass temporary membership is available for $15 for all passes in the 2021-2022 membership year
  • Individuals can use SailPass at MHYC for no more than 15 days in each membership year


To purchase a SailPass - click here


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Crew Registration

We have had lots of restrictions put in place since the COVID-19 hit us more than a year ago and we are very lucky in Australia to have mostly contained it even before vaccinations. We thank you all for complying with the special restrictions that been put in for sailing and allowed us to continue enjoying our sport.

For some of these practices, it makes sense to continue in the future. This is especially true for the health and safety issues such as not sharing drinking bottles and food etc. as well as being more aware about hygiene.

One of the practices that we are going to continue is the crew registration for each race. This was not just important for COVID, but also for confirming who is on board in case of an emergency. For that purpose, we have added emergency contact numbers. It also enables us to track Australian Sailing numbers of all crew to ensure those that are sailing are conforming to the rules and regulations of our sport and are insured.To ensure the club has a record of participating competitors, register your crew list here for each MHYC race entered.  Please include each crew member's Australian Sailing number and emergency contact number.

Registration opens on the Monday prior to each event.  The crew registrations refresh every Monday, so it is not possible to register for races for subsequent weeks.

Please note - failure to register your crew list before the boat's start time may result in a DSQ score. 

Click on the race day below to register for the current week:

To download the COVIDSafe Skippers Briefing - click here

To download the COVIDSafe Information for Competitors - click here

To check your Australian Sailing Number click here

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Women’s Sailing at MHYC

Middle Harbour Yacht Club is gearing up for another busy season of keelboat sailing and there are a number of opportunities for women to participate.

The highly popular Thursday Twilight Series includes twenty four races this year, six of which make up the Women’s Twilight Pointscore. Four divisions of yachts, from family cruisers to purebred racing machines, share the joy of racing on our spectacular harbour.  Perhaps the best part of the day is returning to the lively social atmosphere of MHYC as the sun goes down to enjoy a meal, wine and good friends.Starting at 6pm, the 2021-2022 Women’s Twilight Race dates are:

  • Thursday, 14 October 2021
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
  • Thursday, 17 February 2022
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022

Yachts entered in the MHYC Pre-Christmas and Post-Christmas Twilight Series receive a free entry to the Women’s Twilight Races.  The Women’s Twilight Series Entry Fee is $285 for visitors and $200 for MHYC yachts.  Casual Entry is $50 per race.  To enter, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8969 3103.

We also encourage MHYC sailors to participate in the Sydney Harbour Womens Keelboat Series. Now in it's second year it was to explaned to include 6 races, however with the postponement of racing due to Covid will remain with 5 races scheduled:

  • Sunday, 31 October 2021  (SASC)
  • Sunday, 21 November 2021  (MHYC)
  • Sunday, 23 January 2022 (RSYS)
  • Sunday, 27 February 2022  (CYCA)
  • Sunday, 27 March 2022  (MYC Helly Hansen Womens Challenge)                                                                                                                                                                                      

For more information and online entry click here.

The club’s final keelboat regatta of the year is the MHYC Women’s Regatta, being held on Saturday May 7.  The 2019 event was a great success, with 23 entries from 8 clubs and a combination of sprint and harbour passage races on offer, however the 2020 regatta was abandoned due to Covid-19. The MHYC Womens Keelboat Regatta is a great lead-in for teams planning to compete in the annual Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta, hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda, Victoria on the Queens Birthday weekend.

  • 7 May 2022 - MHYC Womens Keelboat Regatta - Online entry click and NOR Coming soon
  • 11-14 June 2022 - Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta (RMYS-VIC)

There are a range of other club programs that can appeal to women and girls.  Junior & Youth learn to sail programs include Tackers, Discover Sailing courses and Out There Sailing.  In keelboats for adults, Saturday Social Sailors is a new series of short pursuit races providing a relaxed and social style of weekend race.  There are also sprint race days during summer and winter.

For further information, contact MHYC Sailing Administrator Catherine Rofe  

Tel: 02 8969 3103  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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