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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.

Friends & Crewing

If you have an interest in the class, please register as a 'Friend' mentioning your interest or become an Associate Member to support the class. Regular crew are encouraged to become Associate Members. Owners should contact David Elliott for current list of 'Friends'

Next Event
National Championship Pt 2
Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble
18 - 19 June 2016
see details in programme

Next Event
National Championship Pt 1
Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth
4 - 5 June 2016
see details in programme

Spring Update
from the Chairman View

ISMA Spring Meeting
Being hosted by BISMA at the Royal Yacht Squadron
9-11 March 2016
If interested to attend contact Tim Russell, ISMA Executive Secretary

Next Event - Cancelled
BISMA Spring Meeting
Royal Thames Yacht Club
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
see details in programme

Info re: Europeans
See links in "Programme"

Save a boat for the UK
There's a free Modern, GBR 97 Scallywag (ex. US 114 Perspicacious; 1978 Gary Mull) available at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Contact
See Matt Cockburn's post
Wind Forecast added to Resources section

Next event
Royal Southern Yacht Club
15th November 2015
10:30 followed by lunch 13:30

Next event
Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week
Royal London YC
20th-24th July 2015

Next event

British Open 6mR Championships
Royal Southern Yacht Club
June 20th - 21st and July 4th - 5th
Shortly followed by Cowes Classics Week
see Programme

  2015 Worlds

29 May - 5 June
reports on event web site
see Programme

New ISMA web site
See in "Links"

2015 Subscriptions Due
Please keep your subs up-to-date and anyone with an interest in the class - please consider associate membership - thanks.
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