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The class has managed to retain the heritage of international class racing in thoroughbred boats that don't have to break the bank. We believe there are some 1,500 6 Metre boats around the world today, and the UK has one of the largest fleets. Early Fife boats built in 1907 are still racing - often against new Moderns. Some classics have been beautifully modified for cruising; several race only occasionally. The class has managed to cover a wide range of sailing need. All have one thing in common: their distinctive sailing silhouette and an adherence to a tried and tested formula. A tribute to the designers and builders. There is no doubt the class generates a passion and devotion driven by the stunning appearance of the boats and their historical significance.

Now 100 years since the first rule was written, metre boats have been at the forefront of yacht development - they were amongst the first boats sailing in the Olympics, right from the 1908 London Olympics until 1968 in Mexico, 6mR were used for the British-American Cup (team racing and an event far more prestigious than the America's Cup in its day), the Seawanhaka Cup (Match racing) through the 1930's. Of the other international rule classes, the 8mR have been first choice boat for most of European Royalty, some of the 23mR were converted to 'J'-class yachts and the 12mR were the boats used to challenge for the Americas Cup for 30 years once racing started again after the war and until a more modern derivative was designed. Hull designs have always been technologically advanced. Wing keels, rod shrouds and the latest in sail composition on the Moderns contrast with the ageless wooden decks and fittings of the Classics. Both classes sail together; often the faster Classics mixing it with the Moderns. There has been a real resurgence of interest with many old boats being restored, new boats being built and some of the mega-stars of the sailing world choosing metre boats for their personal sailing. The International Six Metre Association has members in most European and American sailing centres.

Aims of BISMA

The UK 6mR fleet is largely based in the Solent with another group of boats in the West Country. The programme is devised to provide maximum opportunity to sail together consistent with the ability of the boats to get to each venue by sailing or transport. Many boats have a 7.5ton lorry which is sufficient to move the boats and at each venue launching facilities are organised.

ISMA Newsletter 2014 #2
Lots of info about the new ISMA structure, class issues and news from around the world
See here

Next event

Southern Six, 7-8 June
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Royal Southern Yacht Club
Sunday 16th November 2014
10:30 followed by lunch at 13:30
Please confirm attendance with Julie
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Next event

Southern Six, 7-8 June
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Dates Announced for 2015 World Cup

29 May to 5 June 2015, La Trinité sur Mer, France
See announcement here
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BISMA Spring Meeting
Royal Thames Yacht Club.
27th March 2014 18:30 supper to follow
Please confirm attendance with Julie - thanks

A call has been put out for info about Johan Anker for a revised edition of a book about him - see this post on the Swedish Sail Yacht Society (in Swedish, but use Google translate to get the gist and contact details)
Click here to view.

The minutes of the ISMA AGM have been published. One of the outcomes was development of a questionnaire about a future strategy for the class including a discussion about rule changes to maintain its reputation as a development class. Click here to access these.

2014 programme
Advance Notice - to be discussed at AGM

  2014 Europeans

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Royal Southern YC, 17 November2013 11:00am
followed by lunch
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Rescheduled British Open (Classics) & Southern Six
Royal Corinthian YC, 7 - 8 September
Regrettably, adverse weather conditions caused the Southern Six event in June to be cancelled. This event has been rescheduled for the weekend of the 7th and 8th September.
Event details SIs now posted.
Classics Newsletter
#15 April 2013
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2013 Worlds
Abu, Valdai and Valhalla were out in Flensburg
Event details
Valhalla, not-quite World Champion - but a creditable 2nd
Report with link to pix
New Trophy
A new trophy was presented to Cowes Classics Week to be awarded to the 6mR Class
see details
British National Championship (Moderns): report on 'Championnat Open de France et de Grande Bretagne des 6M J' at La Trinité.
See report
First event of the year: a very breezy weekend on the Hamble.
See report