The Phillipe Briand designed Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 419 has been described as a fast cruiser, but not a racer, per se. Nonetheless, it is suitable for our kind of racing, the 20 Wednesday night races held here in Holland, MI each season. We race in the Jib & Main fleet and think we will carry a PHRF handicap of 100 which means if we are racing against another boat thought to be potentially slower and that had a PHRF handicap of 150, we would have to beat them by 50 seconds per mile. The races are usually about 4 miles so we would need to finish at least 3 minutes ahead of them to place above them in the "corrected time" results. PHRF is the name of the handicapping system and I believe it stands for performance handicapping racing fleet. The Lake Michigan PHRF organization determines the handicaps for each boat and we haven't received our PHRF rating yet.
These races are separated into three Series. The Spring Series consists of the first 4 races, the Summer Series stretches out over 10 races, and the Fall Series consists of the last 4 races. Actually, there is a 21st race, The Frostbite, usually held during the day on the Saturday after the last Wednesday night race.
It seems to take us about a season to figure out what a new boat likes so we hope 2017 to be better than 2016 with a bigger faster boat. We did manage to win the Spring Series in 2016 with two 1st places against light competition as most boats didn't get in the water until the Summer Series.
Our 2016 crew consisted of Curt VanDuren, Mark & Bethany Beckman, Jane Fountain and Andy McDonald. Sometimes we will bring in West Coast talent like our grandson, Everest Brady. Curt has been with me forever, including the ill-fated Clipper Cup race in 2007. You can read about that experience in the story "The Ghost Ships Will Have To Wait" that appears on the "Writings of Captain Nowak" page on this website. Our best finish this season was in the 2016 Anchorage Cup, the race from Grand Haven to Holland, when we finished 1st in class and 10th overall in a fleet of 50 sailboats.