Jun 2015

Eight Bells : Mike Hart


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

Jun 2015

New pictures in Fabulous 50

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

Jun 2015

Canada's Cup Bulletin

The importance of the Canada's Cup for the development of the Int. 8-Metres cannot be overstated. The event was huge in every way, and, I am confident that the RCYC will host a magnificent match race event again. In the thirties a race would bring 10,000 spectators out on the water and of course there was “The Canada's Cup Bulletin”.  There is a whole series which can be found on the web site of the Rochester Yacht Club. 
Please check this [LINK] and enjoy the stories of the Blue Ribbon of the Great Lakes.

John Lammerts van Bueren

Apr 2015

Canada's Cup

April 16, 2015


Challenge for the 2016 Canada Cup of Yacht Racing Called by Cup Defender – Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Modern 8 Metre yachts to compete while marking 120 years since 1896 launch of the competition for yacht clubs on the Great Lakes

TORONTO, CANADA, April 16, 2015 – The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) of Toronto, the custodian of the Canada’s Cup, has issued a Call for Challenge to all qualified Great Lakes yacht clubs for a 2016 Canada’s Cup International Championship Match Race Series (2016 Series) in modern 8 Metre yachts. The 2016 Series to be hosted at the RCYC’s Toronto Island clubhouse in September, 2016 will represent the pinnacle of nation-to-nation grand prix yacht challenges between Canada and the United States.

Yacht clubs situated on the Great Lakes, being members of either US Sailing, or Sail Canada, are eligible to compete in the 2016 Canada’s Cup International Championship Match Race Series. The RCYC is the current defender of the Canada’s Cup, since its win over the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Michigan in 2011.

This historic event will mark the 120th anniversary of the Canada’s Cup competition, which has been preserved since 1896 as a perpetual challenged cup for friendly competition between qualified yacht clubs of the two nations. There have been 23 Canada’s Cup Series with the United States winning 13 and Canada winning 10. The Canada’s Cup Series was raced in classic 8 Metre yachts multiple times from 1930 to 1954.

The 2016 Series in modern 8 Metre yachts will mark the first year since 1954 that 8 Metre yachts will compete for the Cup. Previously, 8 Metre yachts that were raced for the Canada’s Cup were the more classical designs of the time when raced in the 30sand 50s. Traditionally, Canada’s Cup competition encouraged design innovation and excellence in competitive sailing. It is particularly appropriate to now have modern 8 Metre yachts with their own distinctive design innovation to race for the Canada’s Cup.

The 2016 competition will be focused on amateur sailors of the yacht clubs, with the race course being windward and leeward legs. Each country will conduct elimination trials with the winner of each meeting in the Canada’s Cup finals.

Further information, please contact RCYC as noted below.

RELEASED BY: The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Canada’s premiere dual location club in Toronto, promoting competitive and leisure sailing and related lifestyle activities for members.

CONTACT: Canada’s Cup Committee Chairman
Tel: 416-934-4402 – Country Code 1
Fax: 416-967-5710

Apr 2015

For Sale: 8m Ranja

Classic 8 Metre sloop, designed by Tore Holm and built in 1935 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. Since 2005, she has had new winches put on her, the deck has been resealed, and various planks have been replaced below the waterline. She had new electronics purchased in 2006. She is built of mahogany and has a beautiful varnished mahogany cabin. The interior of the cabin is fitted with berths and cushions, with many amenities for cruising.
Racing out of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, she has sailed well, winning the club season championship as well as the Lake Ontario championship and the prestigious Gooderham Trophy.
She has been on the hard since 2011. Ranja has a full set of sails (2 mains, #1, 2, 3 genoas, and 2 spinnakers).

CAD 65,000

Guy Jones
Tel: 416-369-9177-ext. 2022


Please see the following PDF for more information:

8m Ranja
Apr 2015

For Sale: 8m Osborne

FOR SALE! William Fife design (1928) OSBORNE

OSBORNE Designed by W. Fife III in 1928 , built by W. Fife & Sons, and in 1997 they realize the refit  in Fairlie Restoration,  Where They leave the boat in perfect condition , which is conserve until today, Notable not only for her royal commissioning OSBORNE was built in 1928 for HM Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, spouse of Kíng Alfonso XIII and is practically the same design as Fife's SIRENA built at Cannes in the same year for General Sir Arthur Paget. OSBORNE is in good condition structurally and cosmetically. Stored ashore and indeed inside for the last 2 years, it would take very little to have her ready for the season.

Asking Price: 120.000€
Please write to

Apr 2015

8mR Worlds 2015 - Geneva

Dear 8mR sailors,

The Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) welcomes you to Geneva for the 8mR World Championships. The World Championships will be sailed 29th June to 5th July 2015. Also the boats are invited to the Classique Rothschild sailed 25th to 28th June 2015.

Please find below a links to the essential information about the regatta and the Notice of Race with the entry form. The entry form should be completed and returned to SNG as soon as possible but in no event later than 15th May 2015. You will find all the information on SNG’s website.

Also provided below is a link to information about special rates for accommodation offered to the 8mR sailors. It is advisable to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Updated information will be posted in due course on the SNG’s website.

If you have any comments, please contact Axel Meyer ( / +41 79 651 43 78)

Best regards,

Axel Meyer
Société Nautique de Genève

Sep 2014

World Cup - results

Peacock Avenue - La Trinité-sur-mer

The 2014 Int. 8-Metre World Cup is over and what a great success it was! The regatta stood out through its Corinthian spirit with countless volunteers making us all feel welcome, proud of their Brittany, proud of their club and proud to host the 8-Metre Worlds.

29 boats competed in bright sunshine and near perfect sailing conditions. New comers to the class were welcomed, ranging from the 1911 William Fife III “Lucky Girl” to the brand new and spectacular 2014 Fauroux designed modern Miss Universal. From gaff rig to carbon sails, from galvanised wire to PBO, from deep rooted classics to a hyper innovative tandem keel. Champions raced their races, but without question one need not win a regatta to have a really great time !!

Thank you Societe Nautique de la Trinite-sur-mer for an outstanding championships, thank you to all the owners and crews for bringing the boats to compete in such good comradery and friendship.

Our class is 107 young and the end is not in sight. Lets keep the momentum and keep on racing in great places with these great boats.

The full results will be posted in the coming 24 hours and the full report will follow soonest.

John Lammerts van Bueren
 IEMA President

The picture shows part of the fleet, packed up and ready to drive home, what a sight!

Sep 2014

World Cup Results - Day 5

Sep 2014

World Cup Results - Day 4

Results to end of Day 4 (Updated with Race 6)

Sep 2014

World Cup Results - Day 3

DAY #3: Better luck with the winds and excitement on the race course as last year's champion Hollandia takes the lead after winning both races of the day with Juanita second only two points away. Raven continues to build the gap between the other Sira Cup boats consistently. Changes were also in the Neptune Class after Nicolas Groux' Carron II took the lead followed by Jan Willem Ypma's Falcon and Catina third. Andi Lochbrunner maintains the lead in the First Rule with Elfe II.

The Daily results found here:

Sep 2014

World Cup Results - Day 2

DAY #2: After the traditional family evening on Monday evening hosted by local La Trinité families at their homes, the racing continued on Tuesday in challenging weather conditions and one start was successfully completed. Australian Juanita continues to lead the World Cup with Hollandia and Yquem II close behind. On the fourth place rose Avia Willment's recently launched Miss U. Raven is leading the Sira Cup and Elfe the First Rule. Catina leads the Neptune Class within a record nine Neptune boat fleet racing this year in the Worlds.

The Daily results found here:

Sep 2014

World Cup Results - Day 1


After the first day of racing in La Trinité-sur-Mer Australian Juanita with Graeme Wood in the helm took the lead in the World Cup with last year champion Hollandia lying second and Yquem II of Switzerland third. The first boat in Sira Cup and 4th overall is the four time Sira Cup-champion Raven from Canada. First in the Neptune Class was Catina from Switzerland and in First Rule ( gaff-rigged) Elfe II from Germany. This will definitely be an exciting regatta. Stay tuned!