High Performance Rule


After the High Performance Rule (HPR) concept was conceived in the summer of 2010, the NYYC committee began to facilitate an effort by a broader group of five well-regarded Technical Advisors (TA). The TA team of Shaun Carkeek, Stan Honey, Bill Lee, Mark Mills, and Bill Tripp developed the original HPR rating algorithm and rule policy, to which other organizations and prominent designers have since contributed. Throughout the development of the original HPR rule, TA Bill Lee collaborated with the ORC, HPR's internaional partner, to write the rules and rule policies based on the UMS (Universal Measurement System) standards.

HPR Race 1 Start

On The Water

By 2012 the first HPR ratings were being issued for both new generation and existing design types that fit a narrowly-defined typeforming rule concept developed by yacht handicapper Jim Teeters. The original rule concept utilized VPP tools to identify baseline parameters common to some existing high-performance design boxes such as GP 26’s, GP 42’s and TP 52’s. During its first year, the first purpose-built HPR designs, such as the Carkeek HPR 40, were launched, as the rule continued to attract the attention of cutting-edge designers and yacht owners looking to push the envelope of modern grand-prix racing.


HPR provides a template for the design and technological development of high-performance, offshore-capabale yachts that are safe, fast, and inspiring to sail. Even new one designs, such as the C&C 30, were inspired and developed to conform to the principles of HPR. And each year, new HPR designs, many within the 38-42 foot range, are launched, helping to grow the ever competitive fleet. With the support of SYRF, HPR scoring has been used in several prominent regattas across the US, such as Rolex Big Boat Series, Key West Race Week, and the Transpac. Formal SYRF support of HPR ended in December 2014, with the rule now under control by its owner, the Offshore Racing Assocation (ORA).