The World Sailing Speed Record Council, founded in 1972, is the body authorized by the International Sailing Federation to confirm speed records of sailing crafts (boats or sailboards) 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.
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 USA 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.
where all competitors have to register their intent to sail,
It is hoped to bring some more photographs to the Blog tomorrow, of a number of the strange sailing craft taking part in this event, but for now some of the other activities going on today. There were somewhere in the region of 150 children taking part in a variety of activities, but teachers were (rightly) not keen for photo to be taken. However,
The UK crews for next year's Olympics have already been selected and here are part of Team GB launching there boats for practice runs.