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18
Jun 2017

IF

The famous red yacht is red no more.

A new owner for the 1930 Bjarne Aas ‘If’ means that one of the most colourful yachts in the 8mr fleet, both by hull colour as well as crew, is now the colour of a crisp and promising morning dawn.

If was commissioned in 1929 by Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen and built at the yard of Bjarne Aas in Frederikstad in 1930. When Peter Wilson put If up for sale, he expressed his desire that she would be returned to Norway if possible. Chance has it, that when Tom Knutsen (current caretaker of If) showed up, there were more than a few ties that would connect him with If. As Tom is Norwegian, If will be sailing out of the Hvaler archipelago, where also the Ditlev-Simonsen still have an estate, who also happen to be close friends of Tom and even relatives from his wife’s side. If there is need for proof of a small world, this will be it…

 

Tom: “As Peter expressed desire to preferably sell If back to Norway, I believe I had a good chance when showing up in Aldeburgh Boatyard in Dec 16. Being married to a girl with Ditlev-Simonsen family affiliation probably didn’t reduce my possibility to secure Peters precious If. One of the purchasing clauses Peter demanded was for the upgrading and optimisation works that were on my list after my first inspection, to be performed by the Aldeburgh Boatyard.I had little issues with Peters clause and started up my close cooperation with Matthew Lingley and Euan Seel who had just taken over the Aldenburgh Boatyard from Peter. After 4 months I can nothing but praise Aldeburgh Boatyard for the extraordinary high standard of work they have performed on If”.

 

The owner history of If as is currently known:

  • Halfdan D-S, Sjøfartsbygningen, Oslo 1930-32 (1933?)
  • Colonel F.H. Cleaver, Winchester, Hants, UK 1932 (1933?)-1938
  • No publishing during WW2
  • Thomas Crosbie, Montenotte, Cork, Ireland 1947-68 (first engine installed in 1954)
  • Thomas Rose, Bearsden, Dunbattonshire, UK 1968-72
  • Dr Arthur W Shirley, Thanketon, Lanarkshire, UK 1972-2000 (supposedly resting 27 years in his garden as decoration!)
  • Peter Wilson, Aldeburgh, Suffok 2000-2016

Peter Wilson was not one to shy away from large voyages on his beloved If, even handing out his selfmade “If trophy” for the 8mr that would sail the furthest on her own keel to the events.  She was always up to the task as an exceptional cruiser as Uffa Fox wrote in his book: “If is the best hard-weather 8-metre yet seen in Norway, and loking at her lines it is easy for us to imagine her driving to windward against a strong wind and sea. Those of us who have sailed in her realise more clearly still the speed and power wrapped up in this design....Besides her evident ability to windward we can see by her clean buttock lines, which give her such a long, easy run, that she is capable of high speeds off the wind, and it it is a pleasure to put such a good little vessel into this book.”

Currently, the cruising interior has been removed and she is stripped below. The exterior has been painted light grey and hardware has been renewed. The Aldeburgh Boatyard did a wonderful job in getting her in her new dress. Tom has decorated the yard with a memorial plaque on the wonderful job they did and to commemorate the special place If had in Peter Wilson’s life.

And now, like a crisp morning, she is ready to show her pace on the racecourse again. So Let’s welcome Tom to the 8mr Family and we wish If fair winds and good racing under Tom’s custody.

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2
Jun 2017

Invitation AGM 2017 Hanko

Dear Members,

Please find attached an invitation to the Annual General Assembly of the International Eight Metre Association to be held at Hanko , Norway on THursday , August 17 , 2017 at 10:00a.m..

I look forward to seeing you there .



Guy Jones ,
Executive Secretary,

9
May 2017

Defender launched

Defender, the new built Fife design from 1931 has launched, and she is a beauty. Built on the same design as her sisterships Saskia and Invader (Invader is also a new build). 

Wooden Boatworks and Ben Bentley have outdone themselves and really made a wonderful yacht. Her mast has stepped and she is currently undergoing the first testsails. So, hopefully we will see her on the racecourse soon!

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29
Apr 2017

amendement no 1 for the 2017 world cup in Hanko

NOTICE OF RACE

Dear members,

please find below an amendment change to the NOR of the 2017 worldcup. 

 

 

Amendment Number 1

 

NoR 5.5.  Delete current wording and substitute Thursday, August 17th 10.00 hours.

19
Mar 2017

Ranja back in the NL

With a fair bit of nationalistic pride, I am happy to announce that Ranja is currently in the Netherlands for a major refit under new ownership of Han R. de Groot.

Han has been racing Cadet and Hornet in his youth, and his current ship is a 12m long Skerry cruiser called Margaux. Margaux has been expertly restored by Ventis in Enkhuizen and since the restauration of Margaux was complete, Han decided to pursue his childhood dream of buying an 8 meter. And what a beauty did he buy!!

Ranja is a 1935 Tore Holm design, built by Olsen and Rselund in Hagersten, Sweden.  She was first owned by Gustav Olsen, one of the builders. She was raced out of KNS from 1935 until the early 1960's, when the original owner died and she was sold to California. There she was converted to a cruising boat, where she sailed, with one owner, until 2005 when she was purchased and brought to Toronto, Canada. Ranja was then converted back into racing mode and has had some work done. She stood on the hard since 2011.

Currently at the Ventis yard in Enkhuizen, Ranja will undergo a major restauration to bring her completely up to spec to be raced hard on the international waters in 2020. Han, and his skipper Jan Hein Jesse are planning on a visit in Norway to see the fleet and gather inspiration. So, let’s welcome Han and Jan Hein to the 8mr family and applaud them for being caretakers of Ranja to preserve it for future generations to be enjoyed and raced.

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13
Mar 2017

New SIRA trophy Rules version 5.3 available

Dear IEMA members,

 

Members will recall that at the AGA in Toronto a process was put in place to develop a new Sira Cup Rule.  That process resulted in the recent email vote on Sira Cup Version 5.3 .  The voting period has now concluded and I am pleased to advise that Version 5.3 has been approved by the membership and therefore will govern the racing for the Sira Cup in Hanko this summer .

I would personally like to thank the many members who gave so freely of their time to comment on the various drafts , and in particular , David Vieira , who as Chair of the Technical Committee , spent endless hours reviewing and refining various submissions .

I look forward to seeing you all in Hanko for the World Championships.
 

The new document can be found as a download under this item, under the TROPHIES RULES & DEED OF GIFT heading on the website, or click here to get a direct download.

Guy Jones ,
Executive Secretary ,
IEMA

 

14
Feb 2017

2017 Hankø Worldcup update

Dear 8mR sailor,

On behalf of The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club we cordially invite you to
participate in the 8mR World Cup 2017 at Hankø, Norway. The event will
as predicted take place from the 10th to the 20th of August. Please find
enclosed an Invitation, Notice of Race and some practical information.

We also invite you to visit your event website 8metre-worlds2017.no [1]
where you will find a gateway to the entry form. We ask you please to
make your entry as early as possible.

After having made the entry we will send you an e-mail - with an invoice
and a short questionnaire in order for us to obtain the information
necessary to meet your expectations for a great sailing event.

Any mail correspondance to be addressed to 8mR2017@kns.no

Looking forward to seeing you

Danckert Mellbye
President of the Organising Committee
The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club
mail: danckert@yblem.com
tel: +47 90135242

2
Feb 2017

Risor classic regatta

Please find enclosed the NoR for the Risor regatta. A great opportunity to test your crewwork and boat tuning before the Worldcup in Hanko

For questions, please contact Mikkel Thommessen, +47 9075 6365 or per e-mail for further info re social schedule and accommodation.

http://trebatfestivalen.no/en/

3
Jan 2017

defender built by Wooden Boatworks

Wooden Boatworks, Inc. is in the process of scratch building the second of two 8-Meter Class replicas to Wm. Fife III’s 1930 design for Invader. This hull, named Defender, is being built as faithfully as possible to the specs, scantlings and methods of the original. Lofted from the original drawings, the hull measures 48’2” on deck, with a beam of 8’6”, and displacing 18,500 lbs. The boat is being built with a White Oak backbone, laminated Cherry and steam bent Oak frames, planking and deck of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, with all Cherry brightwork. The spars and rig have been redesigned by Naval Architect Theo Rye to stay competitive with the fleet of classic yachts she will be racing against in Oyster Bay, NY. Project Manager Ben Bentley heads a six man team on the hull, while the spars are being built by Taylor Allen’s Rockport Marine. Defender will be launched in May 2017 on the railway at Hanff’s Boatyard in Greenport.

Wooden Boatworks, Inc. specializes in crafting new builds & replicas, as well as restoration, repair & maintenance of Golden Age era sail and power yachts. Cofounders Donn Costanzo and Bruce Wahl have a deep respect and appreciation for the iconic yacht designers; William Fife III, Nathanael Herreshoff, and Gilbert Monroe Smith, among others. Costanzo and Wahl embrace an ethos defined by a commitment to artistry, craftsmanship and traditional materials and methods. The Wooden Boatworks’ team is comprised of multi-disciplined, artisan builders operating three marine and manufacturing facilities on Long Island’s North Fork. 

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17
Oct 2016

Risør Wooden Boat Festival 3-5 August 2017

Risør Wooden Boat Festival 3-5 August 2017 for those arriving to Norway early. The event includes the Wanda Cup for 8 metres, a three day regatta along with Risør Cup for 12 metres on an open course outside Risør. Risør is a 60 miles sail from Hankø. Please let us know, if you are interested. We will put you in contact with the organizers.

http://trebatfestivalen.no

A good way to tune up before the Worldcup in Hanko!

4
Oct 2016

Welcome to Hanko 2017 - 10-20 August 2017

Dear Members,

Please find  the official invitation from the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (KNS) to the 2017 World Championships in Hanko, Norway below and in the downloads

There has already been a show of interest from over 30 boats, including from boats such as Johan Anker design Varg from Australia. We can expect great racing on the waters and a superb social program, not to forget the celebration of the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Harald.

The notice of race and the registration will be opened later this year

For more information, please follow the event webpages and facebook:

http://www.8metre-worlds2017.no/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/8metreWorlds2017

We look forward to seeing you in Hanko. Stay tuned!

Best regards,

Julia Ormio
President
International Eight Metre Association - IEMA

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4
Oct 2016

2016 8 Metre Worlds | Wrap-Up Report

From August 19th  – 27th , the Royal Canadian Yacht Club hosted the 2016 International Eight Metre Class World Championship. Competitors came together from North America and Europe including, of particular note, the participation of His Majesty King Harald, racing his yacht Sira  and representing Norway. The regatta was blessed with superior weather, which started with a great turnout for our opening ceremonies and reception followed by six days of racing. Commodore Fisher hosted the reception on behalf of the RCYC with a welcome toast and introduced John Lammerts van Bueren, President of the International Eight Metre Association to open and start the World Cup Regatta. The participants competed for the 8 Metre World Cup and the Sira  Cup. After nine races, the World Cup Trophy, awarded to the top overall yacht, was won by Hollandia  who swept the series. Eugene van Voorhis, the donor of the trophy in 1970, was on hand to present the award. The Sira  Cup was named after the yacht and donated by King Harald’s father, awarded to the best overall score amongst the classic yachts, was won byBangalore.

The top three results follow.

World Cup:
3rd  Place – Gefion,  Richard Self and Mark DeCelles, Canada
2nd  Place – Lafayette, Murdoch McKillop, Great Britain
1st  Place – Hollandia, Ruud van Hilst and Tim van Rootselaar, The Netherlands

Sira Cup:
3rd  Place – Iskareen, Ralph Riemann, Canada
2nd  Place – Sira, His Majesty King Harald V, Norway
1st  Place – Bangalore, Shannon Howard and Bart Meuring, Canada

As a memento of his visit, King Harald accepted a framed picture of the World Cup Regatta burgee and the RCYC burgee. The International Eight Metre Association flag was also formally passed into his care to hoist at the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club in Hankø, Norway at the start of the next World Cup in 2017, August 10th – 20th.

On behalf of the 2016 8 Metre World Championships organizing committee and the co-chairs, Cedric Gyles and Richard Self, I would like to thank the RCYC Management and Staff, Flag Officers, and Members for their contributions and support in helping to make this prestigious regatta a spectacular success. We also would like to thank the support of the International Eight Metre Association and were pleased to have Julia Ormio, the new incoming President of IEMA, attend and address the participants at the Awards Banquet. 

Vice Commodore Struthers generously hosted the Awards Banquet and in the list of contributors he thanked Food & Beverage, the Marine Yard, and Sailing Office including the Dockmasters and the Race Committee – phenomenal race courses led by the Principal Race Officer, Mike Milner – who received a standing ovation at the Awards Banquet. We also appreciate the many Members who gave up their Front Racing Lawn docks to accommodate the competing yachts so that the Eights could be showcased in one venue during the regatta. 

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the members of the International Jury: Terence Brownrigg, Jury Chair and from the United Kingdom and Jury Members, Pat Healy from the United States, Amanda Karahanas from Canada and the RCYC, Robert Stewart from Canada, and Egil Wold from Norway.

Thank you to our partners who helped make the Regatta possible, specifically Infiniti Downtown, Steam Whistle Brewery, Karlo Estates Winery, the Canada’s Cup Committee under Commodore David Matheson, and the J105 Fleet and their captain, Doug Bullock. I would also like to thank our sail loft partners, North Sails, who provided amazing skippers bags, and Evolution. It was also very much appreciated that Ultimate Sailing could be part of our event with Sharon Green and Betsy Crowfoot providing fantastic pictorial coverage. 

Thanks also to all of the many unsung volunteers who helped make the event a success including measurement, registration, support boats providing tows and space for spectators and jury alike, and those helping at the information tent. 

It should also be noted that many compliments were received from the visitors who could not say enough about the Club’s hospitality, ambience, and facilities leading up to and during the World Cup event. By all accounts, competitors and their guests felt that they had received the royal treatment which contributed to the event being a success on the water and the shore.

Sarah Kennedy,
8 Metre World Cup Event Planning

Organizing Committee: Richard Self, Cedric Gyles, Wendy Anderson, Mary Baetz Martha Henderson, Marshall Wilde, Robin Wilson and Sarah Kennedy. Paul Henderson in advisory capacity.

 

Picture credits: Ultimate Sailing | Sharon Green's Photo

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29
Sep 2016

RCYC Hollandia Team Decisively Wins Canada's Cup Championship

“We are very proud to have successfully defended the Canada's Cup for Canada and Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The U.S. team [Yquem 1, of Youngstown Yacht Club] was very talented and challenged us every step of the way. They took the lead many times and we had to come from behind. It has been my life long dream to win the Canada's Cup. I am excited and incredibly proud of the team and my fortune to continue in the Gooderham tradition in competing for theCanada's Cup," Bryan Gooderham, skipper.

The Championship was one of the most uplifting Cup Championships between two outstanding yacht clubs who have had great racing rivalries and racing camaraderie after battling on the water for many years. It was the first time for them to battle against each other for Canada's Cup and the first time on 8 Metre yachts. 

In the best of seven races, RCYC won the first three races with well executed starts, in challenging tacking duels and multiple wind shifts and very high and very low wind conditions. 

Yquem 1, having to win the fifth race to remain in contention, came back in shifty winds and tacking duels to win in a nail biting finish in dying winds.Yquem then won the start of the sixth race and led to the first mark. ThenHollandia, not to be outdone, charged ahead overtaking Yquem 1 after splitting tacks in shifting winds and tacking duels and kept increasing its lead in moderate winds to win with a commanding finish. 

Immediately after the race both teams displayed outstanding sportsmanship and camaraderie together, typical of Canada's Cup Championships of the past. 

There is much more to report in next month's Kwasind on the Championship and at the Celebration of Canada's Cup Heritage Dinner on November 5th and to thank all those who "Got into the Cup Spirit" for which the Club is most grateful. 

Canada's Cup Committee 
Co-Chair Commodore David Matheson

 

pictures: Tim Wilkes / www.timwilkes.com

 

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13
Sep 2016

Hollandia wins Canada's Cup 2016

After four days of exciting match races, Team Gooderham-Hollandia of the RCYC has triumphantly defended the Canada's Cup! This win marks the 11th time that Canada has won the prestigious trophy in 24 races over the past 120 years. Hollandia’s victory, for club and country, has ensured that the Cup stays in the RCYC until the next championship. Congratulations to Team Hollandia and Yquem on their exceptional show of good sportsmanship and excellence in sailing.

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13
Sep 2016

Pictures from the Canada's cup

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12
Sep 2016

No Racing Today - Canada'scup 2016

Toronto, ONT (September 12, 2016) – With Defender Royal Canadian Yacht Club just one win away from winning the 24th edition of the Canada’s Cup, the winds failed to deliver on the third day of the match race competition. Hollandia skipper Bryan Gooderham leads the Defense 3-1 over Challenger Team Yquem (Youngstown Yacht Club). 

After the PRO called the race today at 16:00, the teams will return to the race course to resume tomorrow at 10:30.

The 24th edition of the Canada’s Cup, first competed for in 1896, is a best of seven series in 8 Meter boats on September 10-14 between defender Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Toronto, ONT) and challenger of record Sodus Bay Yacht Club (Sodus Point, NY).

29
Aug 2016

Hollandia wins the Worldcup, Bangalore wins Sira

Toronto Ontario (August 30, 2016) – After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.

“We had an incredible week on and off the water. We wish Canada the best of luck in defending the Canada's Cup with Hollandia", said Tim van Rootselaar co-owner and helmsman.

The Sira cup, for the classic division was won by Bangalore, skippered by Terry McLaughin.

World Class sailors gathered on Lake Ontario (August 21 – 27), just off Toronto Island, to fight for the coveted title of the 8Metre World Cup Champion.  Sailors competed in the modern 8 Metre for the World Cup Championship title while sailors in the classic division participate for the Sira Cup Championship title.

For Results click here

About the North American Eight Metre

The 8Metre yacht (8mR) dates back over one hundred years. Today, the 8mR class is comprised of the Classic and Modern divisions. Both types of boats must meet strict measurement criteria for the hull and rig in order to qualify in one of these divisions. Generally, the boat measures approximately 14 metres in length with beams (width) of around 2.5. 

The Classic 8mR’s are the mainstay of the class. They provide a display of unmatched wooden beauty and are often kept in families for generations. These are the boats that come to mind first when people think about the 8mR class. The fleet’s status was secured when the Canada’s Cup, the most prestigious regatta on the Great Lakes, was sailed in the 8mR class in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1950’s. Today, many of the 8mR yachts from this earlier era are still competing at regattas on Lake Ontario. 

About RCYC 

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) offers both a down town city club and an island yacht club. The RCYC’s Olympic calibre sailing facilities hosted the 2015 Pan American Games. 

RCYC was founded in 1852 to serve both as a yachting recreational club and, in the British tradition, as an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in the defence of the waters of Lake Ontario. Two of the primary objectives of the club are to promote yacht architecture, building and sailing; and to promote excellence in competitive sailing. 

 

Picture credit to Sharon Green of Ultimate Sailing

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28
Aug 2016

IEMA Retirement letter John Lammerts van Bueren 2016

Dear 8-Metre sailors and friends,

As of August 26th I have retired as president and class officer of the International Eight Metre Association.

Back in 1993, just out of curiosity, I started building the class register and somehow over the following 23 years things ran slightly out of hand. I was fortunate to see the list of known Eights grow from 60 to well over 200, to see the number of rated boats grow from a mere 20 to over 120 while the membership of IEMA probably quadrupled.

What drove me was the wish to give something back to the sport, what drove me was the extraordinary passion and kindness of the people I met, what drove me was the beauty of the boats, the deep roots in yachting history, the stories of victory and defeat, of creativity and exploration, of pushing boundaries in an incredibly diverse class where the sole binding factor is a constant outcome of a mathematical formula floating on an infinite number of variables.

To most of our members this class is like the hotel California of the sea; “You can check in any time you like but you will never leave”. People hang on to their Eights, not just for a few years but for decades with families owning the same boat for 40 to 70 years being nothing out of the ordinary. I think that anyone will be hard pressed to find a better testimony of the qualities this class has to offer.

I was lucky that my work allowed me to travel and I feel privileged to have met and sailed with so many of you around the world.

I am deeply grateful and humbled by the support, confidence and friendship you as members and sailors have given me over so many years.

What a ride it has been, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world ! Wishing you all fair winds and following seas, 

 

John Lammerts van Bueren

18
Aug 2016

The Int. 8-Metre European Championships have been opened.

Yesterday I had the privilege to be present at the opening ceremony of the 150 Year Anniversary Celebration Event of the Royal Danish Yacht Club, the 5.5 Worlds, The 8-Metre Europeans and the 12-Metre Baltic Championships.

 

What a wonderful sight it was, a stunning fleet of amazing metre boats and what a superb venue for metre boat racing!! For our association coming to Copenhagen is a first, most certainly I hope it is not a last. The prizes and trophies on display of the three classes where an exhibition in itself, each trophy had a story to tell of decades racing and competition, of special venues, of extraordinary owners and crews who fought to have their name engraved. I could not help picking out the Coppa d’Italia, the trophy for the European Champion which was donated to our class in 1909 by His Majesty King Umberto of Italy, seriously impressive not just in size but also in history with some of the biggest names in yachting of the past 106 years engraved.

 

And as we go back in time than we realize that Copenhagen was the start of it all, here is where in 1906 the chemist Alfred Benzon developed the rule and guiding principles which resulted in the most successful international rating class in the history of sailing. 110 years after Mr. Benzon launched the formula, new metre boats are still being built, a new 12, a few new eights both modern and classic, and a quiet but determined flow of the superb 5,5's which continue to lead the way in high-tech displacement keelboat design.

 

So here we are back in Copenhagen, celebrating 150 years of sailing and yachting excellence at a Royal Yacht Club with deep roots in our sport, a yacht club with a profoundly positive influence on sailing. The KDY is also the yacht club of the greatest sailor of all time and my greatest hero of hero's; Mr Paul Elvstrøm, the man who singlehanded changed sailing, every single one of us has touched something he developed, he changed  our sport for the better.

 

The week ahead will see the 5.5, 8 and 12-metres racing an together for the first time, the ever first major combined championships of our classes.

 

I have great confidence in the concept and look forward to exploring and learning, so we can continue to build the friendship between our classes, Continue to Work, race and sail together and be the family of boats we are.

 

And for that first; what better time that the 150th anniversary of the Royal Danish Yacht Club, what better place than the town where it all started 110 years ago. A very special thanks goes out to Commodore Lars Ive and his enthusiastic, passionate and welcoming team who made it all possible ! Thank you for having us, giving us such a wonderful event and the break from our work-a-day world that everyone was longing for.

 

Leaves me to wish everyone in Copenhagen a festive week of great sailing, good fun and friendship. Fair winds to you all.

 

John Lammerts van Bueren

IEMA President

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17
Aug 2016

International Eight Metre ( 8mR) North American Championships August 12 -14, 2016 Hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club

In a run-up regatta that gave us all a taste of the competition to come in the International Eight Metre World Cup  ( August 20-26 ) the 8mR North American Championships were held this past weekend on Lake Ontario off Toronto Island.

Eleven yachts, five moderns and six classics enjoyed perfect conditions on Friday and Sunday to get 2 long races in each day. Saturday started with a postponement ashore due to light air. By the time the delayed start got underway storm cells were moving in with gusts over 30 knots that forced the race to be abandoned.

Bryan Gooderham and TEAM Hollandia of the RCYC are the North American Champions with Ralph Reiman’s Iskareen of Etobicoke Yacht Club the winner of the Classic division.

King Harald of Norway and his 8mR Sira took second place overall in the classic fleet.

 

Pictures by John Golding

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12
Aug 2016

2016 class rules published


Dear all,


Please find attached the 2016 Int. 8-Metre Class Rules.

The rules are now up to date and incorporate all AGM decisions of the past 10 years.
World Sailing (ISAF) will replace the old with the new rules on he World Sailing website on Monday.

Class rules


 

21
Jul 2016

Yquem wins Canada's cup Challenger trials

CANADA’S CUP CHALLENGER TRIALS RESULTS
JULY 6-10, 2016, SBYC

Yquem (YYC) won the Challenger Series hosted by Sodus Bay Yacht Club with 4 points. Alluettefinished the Series with 2 points and Natural with 0 points.

Boat A            Boat B            Boat C
Yquem            Natural          Aluette
     4                      0                     2

20
Jul 2016

Canadascup defender results

HOLLANDIA WINS TO DEFEND AGAINST TEAM YQUEM OF YOUNGSTOWN YACHT CLUB

Our team Hollandia, an exceptionally fast boat, won decisively to defend Canada's Cup for Canada. Three really determined contenders, Gefion led by Richard Self and Mark DeCelles, Lafayette led by Terry McLaughlin and Hollandia led by Bryan Gooderham vied for the prestigious right to defend the Cup for Canada against the United States' Team Yquem I of the Youngstown Yacht Club led by Adam Burns. All of our three boats at different points in time showed that they were all high performance potential winners. Team Hollandia won after 18 races requiring another sudden death race with Team Lafayette to break a tie. 

The races had all the thrills expected and unexpected in top match racing. There were brilliant maneuvers inheavy, light and medium winds, some dramatic and multiple wind shifts, wind shears, lightning, rain storms, a calling off of one race, multiple protests and superb crewing in boats that had design technology which revealed them as having greater speed in light, moderate or heavy winds. Tensions and spirits were at their highest. The camaraderie at the closing ceremonies was at its best. 

Excitement, tension and spirit will rise even more when the United States winner arrives in our harbour with their fans. This clash in the nation-to-nation Championships in September are not to be missed. The Club will be at its very best for the occasion with all the spirit, pomp and ceremony the Event deserves. Details will be shortly posted.

As one wonderful Member stated:

"At stake, of course, is the pride of a nation. Our Club, after all, carries Canada's name"

May the pride and spirit of our Club and Members be overwhelming at the September 10th - 14th Cup Championships.

Our team Hollandia will need all of our support of every kind. May all of you try in some way to make the Championship Events the very best we can achieve. Join in the Cup spirit and all that it stands for at our Club.

Canada's Cup Committee
Co-Chair Commodore David Matheson

 

CANADA’S CUP DEFENCE TRIALS RESULTS
HOLLANDIA THE OFFICIAL DEFENDER FOR THE 24TH CANADA’S CUP
FINAL RESULTS:

Out of 18 races, the first boat to receive 14 points in the sudden death final was the winner.

Hollandia Lafayette Gefion
Total 14.25 12 0

SECOND SERIES: JULY 15-17, 2016, RCYC

The Canadian Defence Trials featured three contenders for the Club: Gefion of the Richard Self and Mark DeCelles team; the Defender of Record, Lafayette of the Terry McLaughlin team; and Hollandiaof the Bryan Gooderham team. Two round robin race series were held.

The results are posted below:

X = Not Racing
2* = Race Won
0 = Race Lost

Each race won in the set of trials is worth 2 points. Jury penalties may apply.

            Hollandia Lafayette Gefion
Race 1     0                2               X
Race 2     X                2               0
Race 3     2                X               0
Race 4     1.25          0                X
Race 5     0                2               X
Race 6     2                0               X
Race 7     2                0               X
Race 8     2                0               X
Race 9     2                0               X
Totals     11.25         6               0

FIRST SERIES: JULY 1-3, 2016, RCYC

The first set of 2016 Canadian Defence Trials were raced on Lake Ontario off Toronto Island on July 1-3, 2016. 

The results are posted below:  

X = Not Racing
1 = Race Won
0 = Race Lost

                    Hollandia Lafayette Gefion
Fri. Race 1       0               1                X
Sat. Race 2       X               1                0
Sat. Race 3       1               X                0
Sat. Race 4       0               1                X
Sat. Race 5       X               1                0
Sun. Race 6      1               X                0
Sun. Race 7      0               1                X
Sun. Race 8      X               1                0
Sun. Race 9      1               X                0
Totals                3               6                0

10
Jul 2016

Candidates for election at AGM in Toronto


Dear members,


Please find attached the update on the candidates for election at the AGM in Toronto.

Best regards,

 

John Lammerts van Bueren
IEMA President
 

6
Jul 2016

Lafayette sweeps a 6 – 0 victory in Part One of the Canada’s Cup Defender Series

Lafayette sweeps a 6 – 0 victory in Part One of the Canada’s Cup Defender Series

-- Hollandia takes second and Gefion third --

Toronto Ontario (July 4, 2016) –Round One of the 24th Canada’s Cup (#CanadasCup #yearofthe8) Defender Series consisted of nine races over three days, in diverse weather conditions. Lafayette was undefeated with six wins and zero losses. Hollandia trailed behind with three victories and four losses. Gefion struggled with zero wins. The three-day competition presented itself with a variety of conditions: light wind (no wind), heavy wind and thunder storms.  The race committee managed to host nine races in these difficult conditions.

“It has been a good start to the series for Team Lafayette. The crew has worked very hard on the boat this spring and it is nice to see all that hard work translate into results on the water. Lafayette has performed well in a variety of wind conditions. We look forward to the second round of racing starting on July 15”, says Terry McLaughlin, skipper of Layfayette.

The races took place in the Modern Grand Prix 8 Metre yacht. Part One of the match-race elimination series scores one point per win. Part Two of the series will score double points per win. The high point winner will have the honour of competing in the coveted Canada’s Cup competition www.canadascup.org or https://rcyc.ca/Canadas_Cup/Canadas_cup_results/Defence_Trials_Results_1.aspx

The Results

The Canada’s Cup, an America’s Cup style sailboat match-race, between Canada and the United States, attracts high performance sailors from across the region to compete in Great Lakes sailing excellence. Layfayette, Hollandia and Gefion will face-off again July 13-15 to decide who will represent Canada in the 24th Canada’s Cup on the 120th anniversary. 

The Canadian Defender Series

A two-part round robin elimination series in which the first yacht to win sufficient points will become the official Defender for the Canada’s Cup Championship match series in September. 

The Teams

Team Gefion (RCYC) is skippered by Richard Self crewed by Hugh Beaton tactician, Mike Malloy (trimmer), Mark Decelles (pitman) and Billy Gooderham (bow), Hamish Matthews and Taylor Self.

Team Hollandia (RCYC) is skippered by Bryan Gooderham and crewed by Rob Emery, Will Gyles, Allan Megarry, Erwyn Naidoo, Jennifer Provan, Michael Rustom, Peter Wickwire, Mike Wolfs

Team Lafayette (RCYC) is skippered by Terry McLaughlin and crewed by Dave Jarvis (main), Geoff Moore (primaries), Sandy Andrews(bow), Justin Barnes (pitman), Andrew McTavish (primaries) and Tony Bowman (primaries) 

The winners of the defender series will partake in the Canada’s Cup Championship series which will be held September 10-14, 2016 on Lake Ontario offshore from Toronto and hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club, RCYC.

 

www.canadascup.org

 

About the 24th Canada’s Cup

 

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) hosts the ultimate of North American match racing sailing events—the 24th Canada’s Cup challenge and the 120th anniversary of the Cup. A historic event that celebrates excellence in sailing and the rivalry and comradery of Canadian and American sailors on the Great Lakes. This year the event officially marks the revival of the historic, classic and much-admired International 8 Metre (8mR) class, but in its most modern and developed form, called the Modern 8mR. The return of the 8mR to the Canada’s Cup has been longed for by Canadian and American sailors who have kept the class vibrant and alive since 1954—the 8mR’s last challenge for the Cup. 

 

In the summer of 2016, the Canada’s Cup, sailed in the Modern 8mR, celebrates tradition and glamour along with a modern hi-tech look in head-to-head, match-racing-style competition for yacht-racing excellence of the Great Lakes.

 

Toronto’s RCYC is the current holder and defender of the Canada’s Cup. The defender is the yacht club who won the previous Canada’s Cup while the challenger of record is the yacht club who officially issues the challenge for the next regatta in hopes to win the coveted Canada’s Cup. The challenger for the 24th Canada’s Cup is the Sodus Bay Yacht Club from New York State. The trials, or qualification series, take place in July for both the Canadian and US teams. Gefion, Hollandia, and Lafayette are the Canadian contenders while Aluette, Natural, and Yquem 1 are the US contenders. The winners will compete in the 24th Canada Cup in September.

About RCYC 

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) offers both a down town city club and an island yacht club. 

The RCYC’s Olympic calibre sailing facilities hosted the 2015 Pan American Games. 

RCYC was founded in 1852 to serve both as a yachting recreational club and, in the British tradition, as an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in the defence of the waters of Lake Ontario. Two of the primary objectives of the club are to promote yacht architecture, building and sailing; and to promote excellence in competitive sailing. 

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6
Jul 2016

Canada's Cup in the News

Here you find an overview of newsarticles about the Canada's Cup

 

5th of july 2016- Niagara Gazette

5th of july 2016 - democrat&chronicle

1
Jul 2016

Canada scup: 5 races completed. Lighter winds tomorrow and an earlier start.

With five races completed, Lafayette is undefeated with four wins. Hollandia has one win and Gefion is winless. Lighter winds tomorrow and an earlier start.

For more information, have a look at canadascup.org

 

 

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25
Jun 2016

Sira Cup rules to be set at the AGM in Toronto

Dear members,

 

For the past 33 years, the classic 8-Metres have been racing for the Sira Cup.  Over these years the Deed of Gift remained our governing document,  but the class developed and the fleets and level of competition grew. With that increase the need for rule clarification emerged more than once resulting in AGM Rulings and acceptance of precedents set. To date the latter two have not been formalised in a set of Rules to govern this so important Trophy.

 

IEMA Technical Committee member  Kjell Myrann and I have drafted the following Sira Cup Rules. The goal was to provide a clear set of rules where no currently active member yacht is excluded and the where those same rules will provide a solid platform for our members to work from. Of course, over time, they may need fine tuning​, but in order to make this possible IEMA needs a starting point which currently does not exist. 

 

It is my intent to present these rules to the general assembly in Toronto. If before that time you have any questions or suggestions than please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Leaves me to wish you fair winds and beam reach for the remainder of the season. I look  forward to seeing you at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in August. 

 

Best wishes,

John Lammerts van Bueren

President

21
Jun 2016

For the first time six World Champions, face-off to decide their fate for a shot at the Canada’s Cup

Toronto Ontario (June 8, 2016)

 

Modern Grand Prix 8 Metre yachts compete in a match-race elimination series for the honour to compete in the coveted Canada’s Cup competition www.canadascup.org . The Canada’s Cup, an America’s Cup style sailboat match-race, between Canada and the United States, attracts high performance sailors from across the region to compete in Great Lakes sailing excellence. The Canadian competitors for the defence include the International Eight Metre World Champion yachts; Gefion, Hollandia and Lafayette. They will partake in a two-part round robin series of match-races, a one-on-one style of sailboat racing, to decide who will represent Canada in the 24th Canada’s Cup on the 120th anniversary. 

In Sodus Bay NY, (Sodus Bay Yacht Club with the official challenger of record), the American’s race-off in their challenger series which includes the International Eight Metre World Champion yachts; Aluette, Natural and Yquem 1. 

The Canadian Defender Series is a two-part round robin elimination series in which the first yacht to win sufficient points will become the official Defender for the Canada’s Cup Championship match series in September. 

When:     First Defender Series - July 1-3, 2016 

                Second Defender Series - July 15-17, 2016

First Gun 10:00AM 

Who:     Team Gefion (RCYC) is skippered by Richard Self crewed by Hugh Beaton tactician, Mike Malloy (trimmer), Mark Decelles (pitman) and Billy Gooderham (bow), Hamish Matthews and Taylor Self.

Team Hollandia (RCYC) is skippered by Bryan Gooderham and crewed by Rob Emery, Will Gyles, Allan Megarry, Erwyn Naidoo, Jennifer Provan, Michael Rustom, Peter Wickwire, Mike Wolfs

Team Lafayette(RCYC) is skippered by Terry McLaughlin and crewed by Dave Jarvis (main), Geoff Moore (primaries), Sandy Andrews(bow), Justin Barnes (pitman), Andrew McTavish (primaries) and Tony Bowman (primaries) 

Where:     Lake Ontario Toronto 

RCYC 150 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L1 

The US Challenger Series is a round robin elimination series with the winner declared as the Challenger. 

When:     July 6 -10 2016 

Who:     Team Aluette (SBYC), Team Natural (SBYC), Team Yquem 1 (Youngstown Yacht Club) 

Where:     Sodus Bay Yacht Club 

Great Sodus Bay, New York http://www.sodusbayyc.org/canada-s-cup 

The winners of the challenger/defender series will partake in the Canada’s Cup Championship series which will be held September 10-14, 2016 on Lake Ontario offshore from Toronto and hosted by RCYC.

 

www.canadascup.org

 

About the 24th Canada’s Cup

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) hosts the ultimate of North American match racing sailing events—the 24th Canada’s Cup challenge and the 120th anniversary of the Cup. A historic event that celebrates excellence in sailing and the rivalry and comradery of Canadian and American sailors on the Great Lakes. This year the event officially marks the revival of the historic, classic and much-admired International 8 Metre (8mR) class, but in its most modern and developed form, called the Modern 8mR. The return of the 8mR to the Canada’s Cup has been longed for by Canadian and American sailors who have kept the class vibrant and alive since 1954—the 8mR’s last challenge for the Cup. 

 

In the summer of 2016, the Canada’s Cup, sailed in the Modern 8mR, celebrates tradition and glamour along with a modern hi-tech look in head-to-head, match-racing-style competition for yacht-racing excellence of the Great Lakes.

 

Toronto’s RCYC is the current holder and defender of the Canada’s Cup. The defender is the yacht club who won the previous Canada’s Cup while the challenger of record is the yacht club who officially issues the challenge for the next regatta in hopes to win the coveted Canada’s Cup. The challenger for the 24th Canada’s Cup is the Sodus Bay Yacht Club from New York State. The trials, or qualification series, take place in July for both the Canadian and US teams. Gefion, Hollandia, and Lafayette are the Canadian contenders while Aluette, Natural, and Yquem 1 are the US contenders. The winners will compete in the 24th Canada Cup in September.

 

About RCYC 

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) offers both a down town city club and an island yacht club. 

The RCYC’s Olympic calibre sailing facilities hosted the 2015 Pan American Games. 

RCYC was founded in 1852 to serve both as a yachting recreational club and, in the British tradition, as an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in the defence of the waters of Lake Ontario. Two of the primary objectives of the club are to promote yacht architecture, building and sailing; and to promote excellence in competitive sailing. 

 

About SBYC 

SBYC was founded in 1893 on Great Sodus Bay on the south shore of Lake Ontario halfway between Rochester and Oswego NY. It has long been a favourite location for 8mR regattas and has hosted the World Championship as well as many North American Championships. It is a home port for both modern and classic 8mR’s and is leading the revival of interest in the class on the south shore of Lake Ontario.

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20
Jun 2016

Busy Weekend, with loads of good results! Competition is ramping up (update)

It's been a busy weekend, with loads of teams racing and practicing in Finland, the UK, italy and Canada.

Luna (FIN17) and Ilderim (FIN16) were the only two 8mR's present at the R Regatta, which apparently led to some good match racing. According to their facebook page, the second day got hairy and Ilderim decided to suspend racing in the third race. Luna came out on top in the overal results.

Saskia did some racing as well. But we only have their word on their win, since we don't know which regatta they sailed and who the competition was.

UPDATE: the results are in, it appeared to have been a good weekend with Saskia (K26), Helen (K33) and Athena (K36) on the Solent. 

In Italy it was good sailing for Margaret (K4) in very light conditions. Even in light conditions, an 8mR stays picture perfect. 

Canada is setting up a great summer of racing for those yachts that are already present. The 25th of june are the start of the 8mR summer series. Check the NoR here. Don't forget, they have the Canada's cup and the World cup as well to keep you entertained.

Also worth checking out is the North American 8mR calendar. 

8mR Delphis (A4) plans on sailing in the med this summer. I can't imagine them sailing there alone. So if you plan on attending events, or if you've sailed on an event, or if you're organizing an event, send me the info and I'll post the NoR, SI's etc as well as news from the fleets. 

If you haven't yet registered your yacht for any of the events, now is the time! For the 8mr worldcup in Toronto: register here! For the 8mr Eurocup: register here.

If you have any news to share about racing, restaurations, boat stories, equipment or yacht for sale, or anything that might be of interest. let me know! Send me an email at dingemansjmo@gmail.com.

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17
Jun 2016

Invitation and Agenda of the General Assembly 2016

Dear Members,

 

Please find attached the invitation to the IEMA 2016 General Assembly. The meeting will be held on Thursday 25th August at 10AM in conjuction with the World Championships at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.

Please note that the membership fee must be paid prior to attending the General Assembly and the championships. Payment instructions are found at the IEMA website: http://www.8mr.org/membership

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto.

 

Best regards,

 

John Lammerts van Bueren

President

International Eight Metre Association (IEMA)

 

Julia Ormio 

Executive Secretary

International Eight Metre Association (IEMA)

17
Jun 2016

New IEMA Webmaster ahoy !

New IEMA Webmaster ahoy !

Since yesterday, IEMA has an official FB Page & webmaster; Jelle Dingemans

For those of you who don’t know him; Jelle is a long time core crew member of Falcon K-20. He lives in Amsterdam and, just so you know, the boat always wins when he wears his red shorts. Then Jelle is very brilliant & active with Face Books and websites, in short, the only thing missing on his CV to make him the perfect are qualifications as astronaut and polar explorer.

So if you have any news worth sharing for the www.8mr.org than please share it with Jelle at dingemansjmo@gmail.com 

As I will be retiring as your IEMA president in Toronto, I expect Jelle to carry on the Dutch flag in IEMA. No hidden agenda from my end of course  :-)

Welcome on board Jelle !

John Lammerts van Bueren

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9
Jun 2016

Canada's Cup, IEMA World Cup and many more ..

This summer Canada and Lake Ontario will be, beside Rio d'Janeiro, the heart of sports. It will be the most spectacular summer ever in the sailing world.
Here is a short list of most updatet sailing events coming up. 

Canada’s Cup Defence Trials
RETURN OF THE AMAZING 8 METRES
JULY 1-3 AND 15–17, 2016
This historic nation-to-nation match racing event that pits Canada against the United States will mark the 24th contest and 120th anniversary of Cup competition since its founding in 1896.

Canada’s Cup Challenger Trials
SODUS BAY YACHT CLUB NAMED CHALLENGER OF RECORD
JULY 6-10, 2016
Sodus Bay Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record is in New York State on the south shore of Lake Ontario.

International Eight Metre World Cup 2016
ROYAL CANADIAN YACHT CLUB, TORONTO  
AUGUST 21–26, 2016
Yachts representing Norway, Great Britain and the Netherlands will compete with Lake Ontario’s American and Canadian 8mR’s for the IEMA World Cup (modern) and the Sira Cup (classic) in a five day fleet racing series to determine the 2016 8mR World Champions.

CANADA’S CUP 24


2016 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH RACE SERIES
SEPTEMBER 10–14, 2016
The Canada’s Cup, the grande dame of the Great Lakes is renowned across North America and beyond as one of yacht racing’s most prestigious trophies.

 

If you want to know more about all those sailing events in Canada, visit the website with all the information.

25
May 2016

EIGHT BELLS – Magne Brekke

Magne was a man of the sea and was brought up in the town of Sandefjord on the Norwegian southern coast line. Always interested in boats of all kinds but 15 years old he came across Apache, a Johan Anker designed 8 meter from 1917, standing in a garden in desperate need of attention. Today Apache is in a mint condition and sailing out of Geneva for new owners.At such a time Magne had no idea that some 12-13 years later he would purchase Apache and start a total restoration solely performed by himself in his spare time that would take more than 25 years to complete.

Apart for his passion for 8 meters Magne was a highly regarded doctor of profession and a pioneer within Norway treating patients with heart problems. He also was involved in projects abroad and his efforts in Northern Russia was regarded essential to improve the recovery rates for heart patients in this rural area.

Even though Magne cruised and raced Apache locally in Norway for more than 20 years, his passion for serious racing started in 2007 during his first the World Cup attendance at Hankø in Norway. Magne quickly realized that he needed a more competitive boat than Apache to become a serious contender in the fleet. After evaluating to build a new boat both in Portugal or Norway, he ended up buying the Tore Holm 1937 designed Wanda. Since 2010 Wanda and Magne has participated in all World championships striving to be a top contender in the Sira Class. Magne’s clear aim was to methodically improve the performance of the boat and its crew with the aim to win the Sira class, when the Worlds return to Hankø in Norway in 2017.

Unfortunately that was not to be for Magne, but one of his last wishes was to ensure that we as his crew kept Wanda sailing and completed the project he initiated. This we have promised and this we will do to honor a great man, a great friend and a great sailor.

We will miss him onboard but will do our utmost to honor his memory. On behalf Magne we would like underline the gratitude Magne expressed towards all our competitors and the various race organizers over the last years. Racing Wanda gave his life a new dimension during all the time he was fighting the cancer. On behalf of the crew we also would like to thank especially John Lammerts Van Bueren who always supported and motivated Magne. A special thanks also to Axel Meyer in Geneva, who ensured that Magne could race with us safely in Geneva 2016 in case of a emergency while onboard.

May Magne rest in peace.

Lars Ingeberg

Crew Member Wanda

 

24
May 2016

Wessel & Vett Cup // European Championship

The 8mR European Championship will be a part of the Wessel & Vett Cup http://wesselvettcup.dk/ - which includes 12 meters, 8 meters, 6 meters and 5.5 meters, and this event is an important part of the celebration of the clubs 150 year anniversary this year.

2016 also marks the 110 years of the Meter Rule in which Royal Danish Yacht Club played a pivotal role, as one of our leading members and former commodore Niels Benzon was one of the architects of the Meter Rule. 

ORGANIZING AUTHORITY AND EVENTS  

The event is the European Championship in the 8mR Class.  

The organizing authority is:  

ROYAL DANISH YACHT CLUB  

Tuborg Havnepark 15  

DK 2900 Hellerup  

Tel: +45 3314 8787  

E-mail: kdy@kdy.dk  

http://8meuropeans16.dk/

6
Apr 2016

Per Wermelin

Eight Bells

Per Wermelin

Stockholm - April 5th – 2016

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Per Wermelin passed away.

Unquestionable Per was the primus inter pares of the Swedish Int. 8-Metres. In the archipelago of Stockholm, Per and the Nilsson brothers owned the legendary Djurö Båtvarv which became the home of most Int. 8-Metres in Sweden. In the early seventies the lineup of boats at the yard was knick-named “the rotting row” but over time, with passionate dedication, the boats were all restored and returned to starting line. Per had a canning ability to find the prettiest and fastest boats and making his yard their home, in this he played a pivotal role in the development of our class.

When it came to projects, Per’s ideas were never far from huge, never far from extraordinary and never far from impossible. But Per wouldn’t have it any other way and anyhow, he didn’t have too many friends who got excited about navigating chartered waters either, everyone counted on Per as the ultimate cure against boredom.

He was the quintessential master of self-fulfilling prophecies. Lifting long lost yachts like Alba from the bottom of the sea and restoring them. His vision to build the wonderful classic yacht centre Nya Djurgårdsvarvet in Stockholm was recognized by H.M. King Carl Gustav with a medal of honor. 

In sailing he combined true seamanship with a fiercely competitive spirit which made him World Champion 1978, 1987 and 1992. He was part of the 1977 America’s Cup Challenge with Sverige and he probably owned more metre boats than any person in the history of yachting. But most of all, Per was a promotor; He introduced the youth around Stockholm to sailing big boats.

 

He is no longer with us, but what a joy it has been to sail with Per, what a privilege it was to have him as a friend. Sail on dear Per, sail on.

John Lammerts van Bueren

President IEMA

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1
Apr 2016

IEMA General Assembly date confirmed

The IEMA General Assembly will be held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto on Thursday 25th August 2016. The invitation and agenda will be sent to the members later.

If you have any questions or requests regarding the meeting, please contact Julia Ormio, the Executive Secretary of IEMA (Secretary@8mr.org).

29
Mar 2016

2016 8 Metre World Cup August 19 to 27, 2016

Join us at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in August 2016!

Please check the website for updates and information to help you planning your participation for the World Cup 2016.
If you are planning to come with family, friends and fans, take a look at accomodations if you haven't planned anything yet. There are a few selections of staying in Toronto. 

GOOD LUCK 

Who will be there in Toronto this time of the year? 

 

14
Mar 2016

Anthea to find a new home in the Phillipines

Anthea has found a new home in the Phillipines after recently acquired by John Quirk. She is now permanently moored in Puerto Galera Philippines and is proudly the ‘flag yacht’ for the Puerto Galera Yacht Club (PGYC). Anthea regularly races in PGYC regattas and is used for PGYC promotional work and for sail training in the PGCY Small Boat Program, a program that introduces local youth and students from schools from Manila and overseas, to sailing and helps them to develop their sailing skills.

As background, ANTHEA was built in 1929 and is a Camper & Nicholson 8-Metre (8mR) yacht. Her sister-yacht is ‘SAGITTA’. Originally built for, and raced by H. G. Sicklemore, then President and later Commodore of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. In the same year ANTHEA was built she won the RCYC Club Regatta, held on September 7,1929, in the 6-15 tons class.
After the WWII, in the early 50s, ANTHEA was bought by an American, and shipped to Long Beach where she underwent a refit and was used as a pleasure craft and raced in the occasional regatta.

ANTHEA was bought by the Barker family in 1967 and was sailed regularly as the family yacht off the California coast. In the early 70s ANTHEA again changed hands and moved to Hawaii where she was later bought by Gary Shipp and Kevin Hood in 1988 and underwent a major two–year refit. ANTHEA was then bought by Gary Pione, a shipwright who had worked on the refit and renovation in 1988-89 and in 1998.  Gary then sailed ANTHEA, mostly single-handed across the Pacific for the next 15 years, and in recent cruised between the Philippines and Palau on a regular basis. Notably, ANTHEA, with Gary at the helm, is credited with the world’s longest 8-Metre spinnaker run of 500 miles between Fiji and Tuvalu in 2002.

We look forward to hearing more about Anthea’s adventures in the Phillipines.

 

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8
Feb 2016

Minutes of General Assembly 2015 held in Geneva, Switzerland

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

TIME: FRIDAY 3 JULY2014 at 10AM

PLACE: SOCIÉTÉ NAUTIQUE DE GENEVA (SNG)

1. Opening of the Meeting

The Class President John Lammerts van Bueren thanked the Organizing Committee of SNG for hosting the World Championship.

John Lammerts van Bueren opened the General Assembly and was elected as the Chairman of the Meeting, and called the Class Executive Secretary Julia Ormio to act as the recording Secretary of the Meeting.

The invitation to the General Assembly had been posted 30 April 2015 on the IEMA website and emailed to the members in the Register 3 May 2015.

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting

It was noted that the minutes of the 2014 General Assembly had been posted on the IEMA website in September 2014 and that there had been no comments on the minutes. The minutes were seconded by Richard Self and approved.

3. Election of Officers

The slate for the 2014-15 Executive Committee was proposed by the Nominating Committee. In addition, the following persons were proposed to the Technical Committee to strengthen the owners’ representation: Chris Mitchele and Tan Raffray. The proposal seconded by Gilmour Manuel and approved as follows:

Executive Committee

President                                              John Lammerts van Bueren (NED)

Executive secretary                            Julia Ormio (FIN)

Treasurer                                             Jean Fabre (SUI)

                                                               David Vieira (POR)

                                                               Ronald Palm (USA)

                                                               Werner Deuring (AUT)

                                                               Richard Self (CAN)

                                                               Terence Brownrigg (GBR)

Technical Committee

Chairman                                            David Vieira (POR)

Class Measurer                                   Guy-Roland Perrin (SUI)

Scantling approval                             Ken McAlpine (AUS)       

                                                               Kjell Arne Myrann (NOR)

                                                               Juliane Hempel (GER)

                                                              Chris Mitchele (CAN)

                                                               Tan Raffray (FRA)

The President John Lammerts van Bueren presented the long-term Treasurer Chris Mitchele with an antique compass as a token of appreciation to Chris for the great work and dedication to the Association. Over the past twelve years he has served as the Class treasurer and executive commitee member. Chris Mitchele was applauded by the meeting.

In addition, the President John Lammerts van Bueren announced that he wished to retire at the next General Assembly in Toronto.

4. Treasurer’s Report 2014 –Chris Mitchele

The Treasurer Chris Mitchele presented the financial statement of 2014, which had been audited by the Class Auditor Mr. Terence Brownrigg. The financial statement was seconded by Fred Meyer and approved.

5. Technical Committee Report – John Lammerts van Bueren

In the absence of the President of the Technical Committee David Vieira, John Lammerts van Bueren presented the technical matters.

6. Class Rules

The changes to the Class Rules are currently under review and registration of the Rules in process with ISAF. This is essential taking into consideration the upcoming Canadian Cup and any new builds. This is informative. No further decisions are required.

List of Technical Matters

Hydraulics

The use of hydraulics on the classic boats has been an ongoing topic of discussion and to some, concern. The Class Measurer Guy-Roland Perrin was asked to make an inventory of the current hydraulic systems used on classic and vintage boats. Once this inventory is made it can serve as a basis for future discussions on regulations (if any).

Carbon-fibre

The prohibition to use carbon-fibre decided at the 2005 AGM in Toronto is to be included in the Sira Cup Deed of Gift.

Mainsail girth

Technical Committee to seek advice from the sail-makers and to consider extending the same approach as in Neptune to the Sira Cup deed of gift in order to lengthen the life of main sails.

Vang

The Technical Committee request the owners to pass their feed back to the newly introduced rule 3.3 for the Neptune Trophy to allow vangs. The key information requested if the current purchase of 4:1 is sufficient.

7. Future Programmes

The future programme was discussed.

2016 8mR World Championship, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto, Canada – Richard Self

Richard Self gave an update on behalf of RCYC and North American 8mR Association about the 2016 Worlds, which will be the premier event in 2016. Toronto offers good sailing conditions and RCYC is a great venue for the regatta. Currently 8-10 moderns, 3 Neptune boats, one First Rule and 8-10 Sira boats are expected.

Canada’s Cup – Toronto, Canada

Richard Self gave a presentation on the Canada Cup, which will be sailed again in 2016 on 8mR’s after a long pause. The regatta is sailed between US and Canadian boats in a match-race, which will guarantee exciting sailing.

2016 8mR European Championship, Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY), Copehagen, Denmark – Mads Ehrhardt

Mads Ehrhardt gave a presentation on behalf of the Royal Danish Yacht Club, which will be celebrating 150 years in 2016. The Royal Danish Yacht Club is excited about holding the 8mR Class Euat the Anniversary regatta. Also a good participation of12mR’s and 6mR’s are expected in the regatta. John Lammerts van Bueren noted that 2016 will also mark the 110 years of the Metre Rule in which KDY played a pivotal role.

2017 8mR World Championship, KNS, Hanko, Norway – Kjell Arne Myrann

Kjell Myrann gave a presentation about the 2017 World Championship in Hankö, which also marks and celebrates the 80th birthday of the H.M. King Harald of Norway. The regatta has already raised lots of interest and John Lammerts van Bueren challenged to break the record number of 39 boats in Helsinki.

Jim Kretzky gave a presentation of the NYYC Annual Regatta in Newport. The regatta is a week long and has begun to attract increasing number of Metre boats. Jim Kretzky invited the 8mR’s to join the regatta.

2018 and 2019: 8mR World Championship, Langenargen and Cowes

Roel van Merkesteyn, the President of the LangenargenYacht Club at Lake Constancee presented the bid made on behalf of his Club. There are twelve active 8-Metres at the Club and 17 in total on the lake, which guarantees a great number of boats for the regatta.

Terence Brownrigg gave a presentation on behalf of the Royal Yacht Squadron. As proven in 2012, Cowes offers great sailing and is a great venue for a regatta. The regatta would be scheduled in proximity of the other Classic regattas (Panerai, Cowes Classic) offering four weeks of racing.

John Lammerts van Bueren proposed that we take a vote for the events and the event that wins most votes will be elected to host the 2018 World Championship and the other the 2019 regatta. The vote went 11-14 for Langenargen.

As such, the venue for the coming World Championships was decided as follows:

2018 8mR World Championship: Yacht Club Langenargen, Lake Constance, Germany

2019 8mR World Championship: The Royal Yacht Squadron, Ilse of Wight, Cowes, England

8. Other Business

Werner Deuring asked John Lammerts van Bueren whether he was willing to reconsider       his retirement as the Class President. Lammerts van Bueren responded that the decision was firm.

Siggi Buss invited all sailors for a beer at Lucky Girl.

9.   Adjournment of the Meeting

John Lammerts van Bueren made a motion to thank the Societé Nautique de Geneva for their hospitality and the great regatta. Motion seconded by Terence Brownrigg and carried.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11.00AM

John Lammerts van Bueren                                Julia Ormio

Chairman                                                               Secretary

                                

25
Nov 2015

But first..... Toronto 2016

... Have you read all the regatta information already? 

... Is your team already registrated for this 8-Metre World Championship? 

... Already booked your accomodation in Toronto, if not..

Go see the website of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and read all the information about this World Cup and don't forget to read the notice of race which is placed on the website as well. 

https://rcyc.ca/Doc-Types/2016_8_Metre_World_Cup.aspx

 

6
Nov 2015

Introduction of 2017

Here is a short clip introducing you to the 2017 Int. Eight Metre World Cup at Hanko, Norway.
Enjoy the clip and please help us and make this the best attended 8-Metre Worlds ever! Looking forward to seeing you on the water.
John Lammerts van Bueren
IEMA President

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymzTfNCHtNo

21
Sep 2015

Official poster 8-Metre World Cup Canada

It was a blast, last years World Cup in Geneva, so now everybody is already getting more excited about next years World Cup in Toronto. The fleet will be nice so far as we know, the organisation is going to be a good one again and hopefully the wind is going to be perfect for the 8-Metres. 

The official poster is now the days online, so stay tuned and watch the Social Media and the website of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club for more information about this upcoming event. 

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10
Jul 2015

Invader Launch Day at Wooden Boatworks

10 July 2015 – Invader Launch Day at Wooden Boatworks

The recreation of 1932 Canada’s Cup Challenger Invader was launched on 10 July, what a boat and what a day! Built by Donn Costanzo and his team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen, the boat turned out as a tribute to her designer William Fife III. I was lucky to be there for the launch and enjoyed every minute, seldom have I met so many great people in one day! The original Invader was lost in the sixties while under tow on the Hudson River and she was on the short list of boats to be recreated for any years, if you are wondering why than have  look at the pictures again and if you haven’t figured it out after that than I would recommend you to go and see the doctor :-)

For more info please visit woodenboatworks.com

Congratulations to all those who worked on this amazing beauty, one more Eight on the water, happy days !

John Lammerts van Bueren

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3
Jul 2015

The New Int. 8-Metre World Champions

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 World Championships:

Overall: Yquem - Jean Fabre & Team

Sira Cup: Wyvern - GER-8 Ruediger Stihl & Team

Neptune Trophy: Catina VI - SUI-1 - Fred Meyer & Team

First Rule Cup: Elfe II - H-9 - Andi Lochbrunner & Team

One fantastic week of sailing, 10 races sailed in light breeze and solid sunshine, an atmosphere of friendship, fun, competition and passions for the boats. Tight racing and hard fought champions in a setting of the best possible hospitality ! Thank you Societe Nautique de Geneve, thank you Axel Meyer, thank you PRO Pascal and all the volonteers who made this one fantastic celebration of sailing and racing.

Full report will follow soon

John Lammerts van Bueren

29
Jun 2015

The Classique Edmond de Rothschild Regatta Report

The final day of the The Classique Rothschild Regatta gave us an incredibly stable sunshine with a reasonably stable breeze. 

Read the official report to know more about the last couple of days and for some more information..

23
Jun 2015

Newsletter N°3 – JUNE 2015

Latest newsletter for the 8mR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – 29th June to 5th July 2015 - GENEVA

23
Jun 2015

Sailing Instructions - Geneve 2015

Please follow the link below for a copy of the World's Sailing Instructions.

The most recent information will be found on the official regatta site.

 

20
Jun 2015

AGM Invitation - Updated June 20 2015

Please find the updated agenda for the 2015 AGM which will be held at Société Nautique de Geneva on July 3, 2015.

Please follow the link for full details.

John Lammerts van Bueren
IEMA President

19
Jun 2015

2017 Int. 8-Metre World Cup

The 2017 Worlds will be hosted by KNS - The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club. Like in 2008, we will sail from Hankø Yacht Club, the finest waters for yacht racing in Norway. This 8-Metre World Cup promises to be very special as our Class will be celebrating the 80th Birthday of H.M. King Harald, our IEMA honorary life president and owner/driver of the 1938 Johan Anker 8-Metre Sira. Please join us with your boat and be part of what we hope and expect to be a huge turnout and a very special celebration of 8-Metre sailing.

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More information will follow on IEMA: www.8mr.org and the IEMA FaceBook page KNS.

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18
Jun 2015

2016 Int. 8-Metre European Championships

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For the 2016 Europeans the 8-Metre Class will join the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen.

The 5.5, 6 and 12-Metres are expected to join as well for the Anniversary Regatta.

It promises to be a wonderful event with great sailing and in the wonderful setting of Copenhagen.

The Eights will have their own start and course.

For more information on the Royal Danish Yacht Club please visit their website.

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18
Jun 2015

Eight Bells : Mike Hart

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No one knew it was coming, no one expected it, but on May 31st Mike Hart sailed his final watch. 
 
We 8-Metre sailors all knew Mike as the inseparable mainsheet trimmer on GBR-27 “If”. 
 
I don’t think anyone knew exactly how old he was, I recall him claiming to be slightly younger than the boat, but then again Mike would seldom wreck a good story with the truth. The truth was that even a 1000 mile bash to windward to reach Hanko, Helsinki or La Trinité-sur-mer could not take the wide grin of his face. If only someday I could be half as tough as his old boots I would be pretty happy with myself. For Peter Wilson, hiring Mike was an easy call, as long as the boat was red he would join the crew and sure enough, all Peter’s boats were and are red. The red boat won’t bring him back this time but then I’m sure that even eight bells can’t take his spirit out of the boat.
 
With his passing, Mike leaves an empty spot under If’s cabin lamp, another on the main and a few more in the bar. The “If” family of friends lost their ‘Hartybeast.’  He gave his name to a tot of Linie Aquavit, which the crew toast the morning with, known as the ‘Hart Starter’
 
What a privilege it was to have him around in our class for so many years and what a privilege it was to know him as a friend. Sail on Mike, sail on, we raise a glass to you.
 
John Lammerts van Bueren
IEMA President

18
Jun 2015

New pictures in Fabulous 50

Take a look at our gallery Fabulous 50 for the latest images!