The WSSR Council announces with sadness the death of Council Member Bob Shiels, USA.

Bob joined in 1978 as the first overseas member when it was still an RYA Committee and was a founder member of the Council when the IYRU, now ISAF, granted the WSSR Council recognition as the sole International body to ratify sailing speed records. Bob served the sport with diligence and commitment, being one of the members who drafted the original offshore record rules and was latterly closely involved in the development for the adoption of the GPS measurement system for speed recording. His accuracy and technical expertise will be much missed.

He is survived by his wife Helen, a Brother and four Grandchildren.

John Reed

Secretary to the WSSR Council