Annapolis Fall Regatta 1 (all photos by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet) Annapolis, MD -- Near gale force winds in the Chesapeake forced race managers at the Storm Trysail Club to abandon any further racing races in the last two days of the three-day Annapolis Fall Regatta held over October 31-November 2nd, with winners determined from results of the first day only of buoy racing. Conditions on this first day were a comparatively tame 9-10 knots of breeze. Read more..

RBBS14df 2978 Peter Nicholson of Rolex USA with Don Payan and the crew of WHIPLASH - photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster San Francisco, CA – In a must-win tie-break situation with Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 HAMACHI, Don Payan’s MC 38 WHIPLASH had a strong second-place finish today to claim overall victory in the HPR Class at the 50th Anniversary Rolex Big Boat Series. For his achievement Payan wins the City of San Francisco Trophy and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch. Read more..

Whiplash at speed (Don Payan's WHIPLASH at speed - photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster) San Francisco, CA – Another spectacular day at the 50th Anniversary Rolex Big Boat Series has yielded racing so close to bring two teams tied on points into a final showdown race for the Rolex tomorrow in the HPR Class. Don Payan’s MC 38 WHIPLASH had their best day yet by scoring two seconds today to Anatole Masfen's TP 52 BEECOM, while Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 HAMACHI scored two thirds. Read more..

Tai Kuai An overnight correction to the scores from the StFYC Race Committee has given HAMACHI an OCS in Race 4, which has in turn re-shuffled the results in the HPR Class. Daniel Thielman's R/P 44 TAI KUAI now leads the class after four races and going into Day 3 of racing, although Don Payan's MC 38 WHIPLASH is tied with her on points and Bernie Girod's modified Farr 400 ROCK & ROLL is in third place only 1 point back. Read more..

RBBS14df 0833 San Francisco, CA – Day Two of the 50th anniversary Rolex Big Boat Series has yielded a new leader in the HPR Class after two more races sailed in spectacular conditions in San Francisco Bay. Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 HAMACHI was rewarded for their consistently strong teamwork and near error-free sailing style with scores of 2-2, good enough to become the new class leader. Read more..

Rock  Roll upwind (photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster) San Francisco, CA -- On the strength of scores of 1-3 in today's two races, Bernie Girod's modified Farr 400 ROCK & ROLL has taken the early lead in the HPR Class at the 50th edition of St Francis YC's 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series. Racing today provided a wide variety conditions: light air and flat water in Race 1, complicated by a strong flood current and holes in the breeze to re-shuffle the fleet, and windy choppy conditions in Race 2 complicated by a missing leeward mark. Read more..

The rating certificates are now posted and available at www.hprsailing. Read more..

Whiplash aerial We’re excited to have a solid HPR class once again for the 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series, the 50th anniversary edition of this great event. Like last year, our class is a diverse array of newer and older high-performance designs. Read more..

Heartbreaker Bob Hughes and his team on his TP 52 Heartbreaker last weekend did a double-bullet performance in winning 1-1 in the HPR Class in the Ugotta Regatta in Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs, MI. Another Michigan resident, Bill McKinley and his team on their blue Carkeek HPR 40 Denali^2, were runners-up, scoring 2-2 for the weekend in the competitive five-boat class. In third place was Mike Schoendorff's water-ballasted Riptide 41 Blue. Read more..

Vesper upwind (all photos Rolex/Daniel Forster) Newport, RI – In seven races scored among ten teams spread in three classes, Jim Swartz’s TP 52 Vesper won overall in HPR scoring at New York YC Race Week presented by Rolex. Supported by a solid veteran team, Swartz amassed an impressive scorecard to include four firsts and create a margin of victory over runner-up Franck Noel’s TP 52 Near Miss of 9 points. Read more..

NYYC Day 1 Jim Swartz's TP 52 VESPER has taken the early lead in two races scored after Day One at the 2014 edition of New York YC Race Week, presented by Rolex. HPR scoring is being used in for five TP52's in IRC Class 1, for three entries in IRC Class 2, and two entries in IRC Class 3. Read more..

Spookie no wind Photo: Dobbs Davis Charleston, SC – The warm summer-like conditions today in Charleston could not overcome a strong high-pressure ridge hovering over the offshore course area of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. So with no wind to set a course race manager Wayne Bretsch had to call it quits after a 3-hour wait, leaving Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR 40 Spookie the overall winner in the HPR Class, their second consecutive class victory in this event. Read more..

Spookie finish Charleston, SC – On a day that started with an AP flag but finished in a perfect 11-knot seabreeze, and with three more races on the scorecard, yesterday’s winners in the HPR class have extended their lead at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR 40 Spookie once again won all three windward-leeward races today with the kind of error-free racing that comes from lots of practice and refined teamwork. Read more..

HPR Day one 1 Charleston, SC – On the strength of a perfect scorecard earned in today’s three races, Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR 40 Spookie takes the early lead in the HPR class at the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. This puts the team three points ahead of current runner-up Decision, a near sistership to Spookie, owned and raced by Stephen Murray, Jr. Read more..

The Offshore Racing Association (ORA), in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), is pleased to announce that the latest version of the HPR Rule, V4H, is now available. The rule can be downloaded here at HPR Class Rule V4H. V4H replaces the previous version, V3A, which was introduced in July 2012 and has been used with some modifications for HPR racing since its introduction at the St Francis YC Rolex Big Boat Series in September 2012. Read more..

Spookie awrds KW Last week's five days of racing at the 2014 Quantum Key West regatta was the third appearance for the HPR class at this annual event, and the ninth to offer trophies in HPR scoring since the rule was first introduced two years ago. But of all of these previous regattas this was the most competitive in terms of producing extremely close racing among the contenders, and the margins of victory in corrected time were the tightest seen yet. Read more..

Sharon Spookie upwind lo-res On the basis of fast pace and consistent sailing, Steve & Heidi Benjamin's Carkeek HPR 40 SPOOKIE and their team have won Quantum Key West Race Week. While the team won 6 of 10 races sailed, the racing was the closest-ever in HPR scoring, with margins of victory typically measured in seconds of corrected time after an hour of sailing. Read more..

HPR start KW After 3 races in a perfect Day 3 of Quantum Key West, SPOOKIE has emerged as the new leader on the strength of a 2-1-1 scoreline in wind conditions that were near-perfect, ranging from 11 to 16 knots. The seasoned team managed to avoid some pitfalls which struck the other teams, including hitting lobster pots, buoys, and imperfect spinnaker drops. Read more..

Spookie rain Day 2 KW It was a dramatic day of delays, squalls, and wild wind shifts, yielding only one 5-leg course for the day. Crew work was at the premium, giving the more seasoned teams the chance to shine. Read more..

Two races held in light shifty conditions, but whole class is within only two points Stephen Murray’s Carkeek HPR 40 DECISION has taken the early lead after two races held in today’s light and shifty winds of the first day of racing at Quantum Key West. The New Orleans-based team’s 3-1 score puts them ahead of runner-up ROCK & ROLL, Bernie Girod’s Farr 400, by only a point, while Marc Ewing’s MC 38 RIOT and Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR 40 SPOOKIE are on 5 and 6 points, respectively. Read more..

Spookie practice 1 Skippers and crews have been training and tuning over the past few days in preparation for racing to start tomorrow in Quantum Key West 2014. The HPR fleet is a mix of veterans and newcomers to this class of high-performance yachts, in their third appearance at what most regard as North America's most competitive regatta. Read more..