Spookie Lauderdale race 2 This year's Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race certainly lived up to the pre-race caveat of "Be Prepared. Read more..

Spookie kite 2   (photos by Randy Blomquist & Dan Phelps/SpinSheet) November 4, 2013, Annapolis, MD – After three days of racing in conditions that varied from flat calm to over 20 knots, Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR40 SPOOKIE and Marc Glimcher’s Ker 40 CATAPULT yesterday won the Annapolis Big Boat Fall Regatta in the HPR and IRC classes, respectively. The event was co-organized by the Annapolis Match Race Center (AMRC) and the Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club (STC). Read more..

STC graphic Thanks for your interest in participating in the STC/AMRC Fall Big Boat Regatta. This will be a great long weekend of racing in one of the best times of year to be in Annapolis. Read more..

Double Trouble awards Final race in the series is held in lighter conditions, overall series won by only one point San Francisco, CA – It was touch and go today for the outcome of the 2013 HPR National Championship at the Rolex Big Boat Series. The fog in the morning was a preview of some pre-frontal warm air and clouds that would keep the normal westerly thermal from filling to its typical strength, so race managers scrambled to find the right place and time to get the class off on their tour of the Bay. Read more..

Double Trouble aerial Double Trouble takes the lead, but three teams within striking range with one race left (photo by Daniel Forster/Rolex) San Francisco, CA – With only one race remaining to determine the winner of the 2013 HPR National Championship title and a new Rolex timepiece, four teams remain within 7 points of the new class leader, Peter Krueger’s J/125 Double Trouble. If tomorrow is anything like today, this margin is not safe in this fleet, where even the top teams can run into trouble to drop them back into the pack. Read more..

HPR BBS Day 2 Double Trouble San Francisco, CA – Peter Krueger’s J/125 Double Trouble showed the same form today that won them this class last year, earning two victories in Day Two of the HPR National Championship, part of the Rolex Big Boat Series. This performance now ties them on points now with yesterday’s leader Tai Kuai, Daniel Thielman’s Reichel/Pugh 44, though Thielman retains the lead on the tie-break. Read more..

HPR BBS Day 1 start San Francisco, CA – Daniel Thielman’s Tai Kuai used her greater length and superior upwind speed to her advantage today in the first two races of the 2013 HPR National Championship, part of the Rolex Big Boat Series. Led by local tactician Seadon Wijsen, the Reichel/Pugh 44 finished the day with a solid 1-1 score line to take the early lead in the 7-race series running today through Sunday from the St Francis YC. “The conditions and the course suited us today,” said Thielman, “This is a very tough class, and we’re really enjoying the racing, but it could all change tomorrow, so we’re enjoying our wins now. Read more..

HPR certificates and ratings for the entries in the 2013 HPR National Championship being held at the Rolex Big Boat Series are now posted at the Fleet ratings page on this site under the Technical tab. The latest Rule Calculator V4g is available on the HPR Rule page, also under the Technical tab. Read more..

Organizers at Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week are offering HPR scoring and HPR trophies at their event being held over April 18-21, 2013. This is a well-managed event in a fantastic setting that is en route to the start of the northeast summer season, and as such attracts a strong turnout of good boats. Read more..

pdf The HPR Class is pleased to announce that its 2013 Midwinter Championship Regatta will be held in Miami, Florida over March 4-9 2013. This first-ever HPR championship event will share the same shoreside venue at the Miami Beach Marina and the same race area as the 2013 TP52 World Championship, being held over March 2-9 2013. Read more..

STC IRC Mid Atlantic Fleet start 1 lo-res   Annapolis, MD, October 28, 2012 -- Ralf Steitz and his team from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point sailing their recent B&C TP 52 acquisition Flying Jenny 7 have won the HPR Class in the Storm Trysail Club’s IRC East Coast Championship in a fleet of eight HPR entries, the largest to date for this emerging class. Helmed by Chris Larson with tactical help from Alan Terhune, the team amassed a five-point lead over runner-up Interlodge, a Botin TP 52 owned by Austin and Gwen Fragomen. Read more..

Spookie upwind lo-res The Organizing Authority of the 2012 Storm Trysail East Coast IRC Championship has kindly offered to score entries in the IRC 1 Class using HPR ratings, and is offering a prize for the winner in that class based on HPR scoring. Ratings are going to be a single-number Time-on-Time factor which when multiplied by each entry’s Elapsed Time will give Corrected Time, and the HPR winner will be the entry with the lowest total score among other HPR entries. Read more..

2012 BBS HPR 1 lo-res In seven races sailed in San Francisco Bay's classic moderate to breezy conditions, Peter Krueger's J/125 Double Trouble has won the Richard Rheem Perpetual Trophy (and a Rolex watch) for their victory in the HPR Class in the Rolex Big Boat Series. The team, led by tactician Jeff Madrigali, sailed impressively over the four days of competition, winning all but two races in the six-boat class. Read more..

Yacht Designer Christian Stimson has written a great artcle for the June 2012 issue of Boating New Zealand entitled "The New Golden Rule?" Have a look, it's a good read. Read more..

HPR v3c Rule Calculator Now Available Example spreadsheet shows ratings for popular race boat designs, including entries in upcoming Rolex Big Boat Series fleet HPR (High Performance Rule) is pleased to announce that the latest version of its Rule Calculator spreadsheet is available on the HPR website at www.hprsailing. Read more..

pdf These are articles about HPR in the latest) Aug 2012 issue of Seahorse. Note there is a separate pdf for each page. Read more..

The suspected errors in the HPR Rule Calculator issued two days ago have been sorted, so a new version of the HPR Rule Calculator is available in the Technical section. Read more..

The HPR v.3 Rating rule text draft and the spreadsheet rating rule calculator is now available in the Technical section of the HPR website at www. Read more..

St. Francis Yacht Club Adopts HPR Scoring System and Adds High Performance Catamaran Division Continuing a tradition of firsts in grand prix yacht racing, organizers at the most prestigious inshore racing series on the U.S. west coast, the Rolex Big Boat Series, have announced today their decision to form both an HPR (High Performance Rule) class and a Catamaran class as competing divisions at this year’s event, taking place at St. Read more..

US Sailing and Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) to be first licensed rating authorities June 14, 2012 - Newport, RI – The High Performance Rule (HPR) announces that by unanimous vote of its Board members, the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) has agreed to take ownership of HPR. The move is an important organizational milestone for HPR, a rating rule concept whose development was first facilitated by the New York YC‘s Handicap Rules Committee in 2010. ORA’s role becomes similar to what it does for the Offshore Rating Rule (ORR), which is used in the major offshore races in the US: act as an entity that gives rule and policy guidance through existing HPR technical committees, form a new HPR steering committee (the HPR Advisory Board), and manage relations with selected international authorities for its role as a rule administrator and licensor. Read more..

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By Talbot Wilson Hamilton, Bermuda June 23, 2012- The new Carkeek HP40 ‘Decision’ owned by Steve Murray (New Orleans LA) was the top Onion Patch boat in the Newport Bermuda Race and then the talented ‘Decision’ team put on a top performance in Friday’s Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group to come out as the first place individual boat in the series. ‘Decision’ edged out Lawrence Dickie’s ‘Ptarmigan’ by only 0. Read more..

pdf The Carkeek 40 built by McConaghy Boats in China is ‘bigger’, higher tech and in many conditions faster than other existing fast-40s. At US$750,000 good to go, it is also inevitably more expensive. Read more..

pdf Carkeek HP 40 DECISION By Steve Benjamin and Chris Williams We have been working together - as salesman and designer - since 1997. In those days we worked for Banks Sails USA, which was purchased by North in 2000. Read more..

pdf 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. Read more..

The Marina Dorica Association and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the 2013 ORCi World Championship will be held at Marina Dorica in Ancona, Italy over 21-29 June 2013. This annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs - SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona - are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV). Read more..

pdf Shaun Carkeek is celebrating the first birthday of his new design business with this highly foxy-looking new 40-footer. The Carkeek 40 is timely for two different reasons. Read more..

by Steve Benjamin Race 5 was a short course around St. James Island in about 15 knots TWS.  The start was even, and the M24 BUDGET MARINE was over early and had to re-start. Read more..

The first informational meeting about the High Performance Rule (HPR) was held on Saturday 12-Nov-11 at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club.  The meeting opened at 4:05 pm. Read more..