HPR in the Big Boat Series

The new High Performance Rule (HPR) took another big step forward this month when it was used to score its own division at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
RolexBigBoatSeries

The new High Performance Rule (HPR) took another big step forward this month when it was used to score its own division at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay. 

Created to accommodate cutting-edge offshore-capable racers in the 36- to 44-foot range that do not rate well under IRC, which favors dual-purpose racer-cruisers, the rule is quickly being refined following an on-the-water test at last winter’s Quantum Key West Race Week. Examples of the types of boats the rule has been designed to accommodate include lightweight speedsters like the new Farr 400, the Carkeek 40 and the McConaghy 38.

“The interest since we’ve been developing this rule concept over the past year has been tremendous, and this regatta is an ideal setting for the types of boats, courses and sailing conditions that we think are perfectly suited to HPR,” says Steve Benjamin, who owns a Carkeek 40 and is one of the organizers of the rule. 

In June, the Offshore Racing Association also agreed to help promote and administer the rule, the same as it does with the existing Offshore Rating Rule. For more on HPR class racing, visit hprsailing.org.

Related

20190614_131026

Kiwi Spirit Takes Line Honors in Bermuda

Mark Riley’s Farr 63 Kiwi Spirit secured line honors yesterday in the Marion to Bermuda race, finishing off St. David’s Lighthouse at 0227 local time. Francis Seldorff’s Kinship, a Baltic 52, was second in the 40-boat fleet, crossing the line at around 0500. With 18-year-old ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com No cracked skulls please Modern boats with aft bathing ladders offer a big advantage when it comes to rescuing crew who have fallen overboard. Not all casualties are basket cases unable to help ...read more

01-Lead-show

France’s Annual Multihull Show

If a boat show could be described as intimate, the annual Salon International du Multicoque in La Grande Motte, on France’s Mediterranean coast, is it. Held in the latter part of April, the multihulls-only in-water show is a boon for builders, because the people who attend come ...read more

Furlex-Electric

Gear: Seldén’s Furlex Electric

Furl Power Seldén’s Furlex Electric offers an easy path into the world of sweat-free headsail furling. The compact unit can be retrofitted to an existing manual Furlex unit or installed as a replacement for whatever you’ve got now. Its DC-DC converter accepts your boat’s 12V or ...read more

11_DSC8423Tom-Zydler

Cruising: Nova Scotia

There’s a unique cruising ground that combines access to urban locations with easy escapes to wilderness and nature. Its native people may be the friendliest on the east coast of North America. Its coastline runs 250 nautical miles in a straight line, but that should be ...read more

01-LEAD-shutterstock_727849660

Boat Monitoring System

Boat Oversight In a world where you can track your friends’ locations in real time and stream yourself live on the internet, it should come as no surprise that you can also keep a close eye on your boat from the comfort of home. In fact, not only is there a plethora of options ...read more