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World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Committee
An International autonomous body recognized by the I.Y.R.U.
Record Rules: 1986-1987
(Note: This version of the WSSR Committee's sailing speed Record Rules is ten
years out of date. The newest version will be substituted shortly, as soon as it
is transcribed. This version should not be relied upon for planning or holding speed
sailing attempts or events.) Transcription and uploading by permission of the WSSRC.)
The purpose of these rules is to enable attempts to be made on the World Sailing
Speed Records in any part of the World under comparable conditions. They do not form
the conditions of any prize or trophy, nor are they sailing instructions.
World Sailing Speed Records may only be established under the jurisdiction of the
WSSR Committee. An approved independent official shall be appointed by the WSSR Committee
to observe the attempts and report.
The record in each class shall stand until it has been exceeded by at least two percent.
Every request to ratify a record shall be considered in time and date order. The
time used for this purpose will be local civil clock time at the place the record
attempt is made and the moment the competing craft enters the course will be considered
to be the time of the run.
The official language of the WSSR Committee and its Rules is English.
2. WORLD RECORDS
The World Sailing Speed Record will be held by the skipper anywhere in the World
who establishes the fastest speed which is ratified in accordance with these Rules.
In addition records can be established in the following sail area divisions:
|10 Square Meter Class
||Up to and including 10 sq. m.
||From 10 sq. m. up to and including 13.94 sq.m. --150 sq. ft.
||From 13.94 sq. m. up to and including 21.84 sq. m. --225 sq. ft.
||From 21.84 sq. m. up to and including 27.88 sq. m. --300 sq. ft.
||Over 27.88 sq. m.
A fee will be charged by the WSSR Committee for the ratification of all World Records
(See Rule 12).
At one time, the WSSR Committee established an 8 Square Meter Class, and a Women's
class, also for boats under 8 sq. m. These classes were envisioned to effectively
separate sailboards from small "boats." I believe both designations have
been abandoned, and all such entries now run under "10 Sq. M. Class." Also,
the current D Class used to be called Unlimited Class.
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3. THE COURSE
The record shall be established over a minimum of half a kilometer on water (not
ice), which shall be measured to an accuracy of at least one percent, although the
minimum of half a kilometer must always be respected.
The course may be defined by posts and transits ashore, or by buoys afloat.
Separate Rules have been promulgated for records to be claimed over the Measured
Mile. Details are available on application to the WSSR Committee.
4. WATCHES AND TIMEKEEPERS
The time taken for the craft to complete the course shall be measured by time pieces
of established accuracy. If separate timing stations operate at each end of the course
each shall make use of at least three time pieces unless one electronic timing device
of proved accuracy is being employed. In all cases the times kept at either end of
the course must tally to the satisfaction of the Official Observer.
If both start and finish lines are being monitored at one timing station, one certified
electronic device will suffice. Whatever timing system is used there must be at least
two responsible officials on duty at each end of the course.
5. CALCULATION OF SPEED
Time shall be recorded to the nearest one hundredth of a second and in calculating
the speed the arithmetic mean of the time shown on the watches used shall be taken.
The speed shall be calculated to the nearest hundredth of a knot with allowance made
for the resolved component of any tidal stream and/or current on the course. The
stream of current shall be measured by float tests or other means as appropriate,
and the results supplies to the official Observer (See Rule 11).
6. MANUAL POWER
A yacht shall use human power only apart from battery power for instrumentation.
there is no objection to various methods of power transmission such as hydraulic,
provided there is no element of power storage beyond that associated with materials
in their conventional sailing application.
The Observer should, following a record run, ensure that no means of power or stored
energy has been used.
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In the sail area division, all record claimants must, immediately following the record
attempt, have their sail(s) measured by a qualified Measurer in accordance with the
appropriate International Yacht Racing Union sail measurement Instructions.
8. MEANS OF PROPULSION
Prior to and during the attempt, the yacht shall accelerate from rest afloat, and
shall be propelled only by the natural action of the wind.
At least one person shall be on board from the moment the yacht accelerates from
rest until she has finished her attempt.
10. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MAKE A RECORD ATTEMPT
One month's notice of any speed sailing event or of any attempt on any record must
be given to the WSSR Committee, accompanied by the appropriate fee.
|1 - 5
|6 - 20
|21 - 50
|51 - 75
|76 - 100
No attempt for which the requisite notice has not been given, or the approved fee
has not been paid, shall be recognized.
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The WSSR Committee, on receipt of the above fee, shall appoint an official Observer
for the event. His travel and other appropriate expenses shall be met by the organizers
of the event. He shall report back to the Committee and his report shall include
a statement of the final number of competitors.
12. RATIFICATION OF RECORDS
Pending the official ratification of a record by the WSSR Committee the skipper,
builder, designer or any other interested parties shall not cause a record to be
published or circulated without the words, "subject to official ratification
by the WSSR Committee."
A request for ratification must reach the WSSR Committee within 30 days of the run
being made, accompanied by the requisite fee, currently £100. No record will
be considered for ratification until 30 days have elapsed from the time of the run.
The following documents are to be submitted to the WSSR Committee:
a) Report of the Official Observer which shall verify the identity of the yacht and
record his satisfaction with the accuracy of all measuring equipment and measurement
of the course. He shall also give details of any tidal streams or currents and an
indication of the wind speed and shall ascertain that o means of power or stored
energy have been used. (See Rules 5, 6 and 11).
b) A plan showing the course, together with a report from a qualified surveyor, covering
measurement of the course.
c) Timekeepers' report and calculations.
d) Certificate of accuracy of timing equipment, published by an official time keeping
e) Typewritten list of the names of the timekeepers and course surveyors.
f) Sail measurer's report in any but the open (D) class.
Applications may be made for authentication of speeds attained under WSSR Committee
observation, whether by way of National records or for any other purpose. These should
be accompanied by the requisite fee (currently £100).
Long distance or passage records, requiring observation at both ends, may require
a greater fee.
In the case of dispute over any of these rules, the decision of the WSSR Committee
shall be final.
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