In the weeks preceding our recent meetings in Puerto Rico the ORC was approached by the HPR group, in particular by co- ordinator Steve Benjamin, to exchange some views and offer, as Jim Teeters later commented, a ‘second opinion’ on the proposed new rule. We agreed to proceed with a technical analysis of the draft HPR rule, keeping an open mind towards a possible collaboration with the HPR organisers and US Sailing – both of which are now progressing.

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