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, ithe 20 Wednesday night races held here in Holland, MI each season. We race in the Jib & Main fleet and believe we will carry a PHRF handicap of 124, which means if we are racing against another boat thought to be potentially slower and that had a PHRF handicap of 151, we would have to beat them by 27 seconds per mile. The races are usually about 4 miles so we would need to finish about two 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.
These races are separated into three Series. The Spring Series consists of the first 4 races, the Summer Series stretches out over 12 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.
Our racing results for 2018 were beyond our expectations, especially for a new boat, which usually takes about a season to figure out what the boat likes. We won the Jib & Main class in the Spring, Summer and Fall Series here in Holland. By winning 9 out of 14 races held this summer, we were the winningest boat and were awarded the Bayshore Yacht Club Gold Cup. Our biggest victory of the season was finishing 1st in the Cruising Class in the Queens Cup, an annual overnight race from Milwaukee to Grand Haven.We also won our division in the annual Anchorage Cup race from Grand Haven to Holland in September, 2018.
Our 2018 crew consisted of Curt VanDuren, Chuck Mueller, Bruce Wickmann and Bill Parks. 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.