World Sailing Speed Record Council

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World Sailing Speed Record Council

The World Sailing Speed Record Council, founded in 1972, initially to ratify records at the inaugural Weymouth Speed Week. held every year since in Portland Harbor.The World Sailing Speed Record Council or WSSRC is the body authorized by the International Sailing Federation (formerly International Yacht Racing Union) to confirm speed records of sailing craft (boats, windsurfers and kitesurfers ) on water (not on ice or land). In the early years the council only dealt with claims of speed records on a one-way leg of 500 metres. Since 1988 the WSSRC is also responsible for offshore sailing records, because there were several controversial claims about the times of long voyages. The first records recorded in 1972 were the Outright record of Sir Timothy Coleman, Crossbow, 26.30 Knots (D class) , Icarus 21.6 Knots (B class) , Mayfly 16.40 Knots and Lief Wagner Smitt, windsurfer 13.6 knots.[1]

One or more meetings were held every year and since 2001 the council has had a permanent secretariat. The members of the expert council from Australia, France, Great Britain and the U.S. assess record claims. Record holders and their times are listed. WSSRC also issues Performance Certificates to sailors who wish to be officially timed over accepted courses without breaking records.

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