A. The online application/revalidation process for acquiring a CRF certificate is quite straightforward, with pop-up help available for data definitions.  Most of the information required is the same from year to year, and it is resident on the site under your online CRF account. You should check all of your declarations to be sure that they accurately reflect the way that you intend to race your boat this year, but you will not have to re-enter them if they have not changed.  Occasionally some new data will be required that has not been included in previous years.

Beginning with CRF 2020, the following additional information was be required:

  • Standing rigging material, if not provided previously.  This was requested in 2019 but not used in calculating ratings.  It was be required in 2020, and is used in calculating ratings beginning in 2020.
  • Stern type for canoe sterns (double enders) only.
  • Mainsail and spinnaker girths (luff to leech widths).  This data was gathered for rule development testing beginning in 2020, and is now used to calculate ratings in 2022.
  • Design and build year (to help with division assignment)

New in 2022,

  • After two years of collecting data, CRF 2022 will include declared mainsail girths and spinnaker widths in rating calculations.  Boats declaring mainsails girths greater than the previously assumed defaults (unuslaly big roach profiles) will see their ratings get slightly faster.  Those declaring girths below those defaults will see slightly slower ratings, so it can be to the advantage of boats with minimal roach mains to declare those girths.  Except in extreme cases, the effect on rating is +/-1 or 2 sec/mi.  The same approach has been taken with spinnaker widths, with declared widths greater than a previously assumed default rating slightly faster under CRF 2022.  One difference is that ratings are not slowed down for chute widths that are less than the defaults. 
  • Three additional tweaks to CRF for 2022 slow the ratings of boats with unusually deep draft (including deep centerboards) and of boats that are unusually heavy for their length, and speed up the ratings of boats with especially high stability.