WORLD SAILING SPEED RECORD COUNCIL
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The World Sailing Speed Record Council was established by the International Yacht Racing Union (now renamed the International Sailing Federation) in 1972. The object was to provide impartial results for increasing numbers of claims to high speed sailing craft (on water: never on ice nor land!).
Early on the decision was made to base such speed ratifications on a one-way leg of exactly 500 metres. Meetings were held every year, often several meetings a year, in various suitable places in the world and speeds climbed with boats of various configurations and with sailboards.
In 1988 following several controversial claims about the times and status of long voyages, WSSRC was asked to take over additionally offshore sailing records.
Now in 2001 the organization has a full time Secretariat. Hardly a day goes by without some form of activity in what is now a separate and increasing branch of the sport of sailing. The undoubtedly expert council draws members from Australia, France, Great Britain and the USA. Its most immediate duty is the ratification, or otherwise, of timed claimed records, inshore and offshore, which have been achieved in accordance with the rules of WSSRC.
Certificates are issued to record holders and their times are listed. WSSRC has a facility for issuing Performance Certificates to sailors who wish to be officially times over accepted courses, but are not expecting to beat a record. Another service is a continuous coordinated list of best elapsed times of offshore racing events in all parts of the world, accepting the times of the race committee.
WSSRC Ratified Passage Records
WSSRC Performance Certificates
Longest Distance Run in 24 Hours
Intermediate Round The World Records
Transatlantic, Ambrose Light Tower to Lizard Point, Crewed
Powered Sailing Systems Records under WSSR Rule 21 (c)
Other Kinds of Sailing Records
Rules 2005 - 2008
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WSSRC publications will be despatched without charge to sailors, clubs, press and organizations anywhere in the world. To order go to our Contact page.
ISAF / World Sailing Speed Record Council Rules 2005 - 2008
WSSR Newsletter No 106
You can contact John Reed, WSSRC Secretary at:
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