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Technical committee

  • POR
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    Chairman Technical Committee:

    David Vieira (+351) 917 572 271

    David is a naval architect and an esteemed yacht historian, specialized in the period from 1900 to 1945. His knowledge on design and construction is unrivalled. He rebuilt his 8-Metre Emily in 1996 which resulted in the founding of Absolute Restorations and a further string of restored and recreated Metre boats. A classic yacht man in heart and soul and an incredible source of information and knowledge on classic 8-Metres.
  • TC Member:

    Kjell Arne Myrann (+47) 901 81 921

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    8-Metre: Sira - Johan Anker 1938 (boat captain) Kjell Myrann is a highly accomplished sailor, with two world circumnavigations, including the 1981-82 Whitbread on Berge Viking. For 25 years he has been H.M. King Harald’s boat captain & permanent crew on the Framm program, racing a string of IOR, IMS, IRC boats, Maxi’s, Farr 40 and last but not least the TP52. Kjell takes care of Sira which he races with King Harald and the members of the Fram Team. To the IEMA TC Kjell brings a combination of classic and modern boat experience combined with a deep rooted knowledge of competitive racing at the highest level.
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    IEMA Class Measurer:

    Guy Roland Perrin

    1 route de Lac
    CH-1299 Crans-près-Céligny
    Switzerland 79 634 4969

    Guy-Roland was appointed IEMA class measurer for the Int. 8-Metres in 1994 and has attended all World Championships of the class since. He has measured more 8-Metres than any other measurer in the world and brings an intimate knowledge of the class, rules and the boats to the TC. His long standing as class measurer has greatly contributed to the stability of the class. His affiliation with the 5.5, 6, 12 and 15-Metres brings in a wide based knowledge of the International Rule.
  • TC Member - Scantling approval & Measurer:

    Ken McAlpine

    MMD Naval Architects
    117 Marine Terrace
    (Corner of South St)
    Fremantle, Western Australia 8 9336 6664

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    Ken McAlpine is a naval architect and started measuring boats in the early seventies making it to b appointed as chief measurer and technical director of the Int. 12-Metres and later the Int. America’s Cup Class from 1983 until 2007 as well as measurer for the Volvo Ocean Race. Ken is still technical director of ITMA and Unquestionably one of the worlds most respected measurers who bring the IEMA TC a wealth of knowledge on technical rules and rule interaction. With 30 years of experience as elected independent scantling approval for the America’s Cup IEMA feels privileged that Ken has accepted to be in charge of the scantling approval of all modern 8-Metres built in the world. Ken is also in charge as class measurer for IEMA in the southern hemisphere.
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    Technical Committee member:

    Juliane Hempel

    Martinstr. 3b
    D-78315 Radolfzell
    Tel: (+49) 7732 82 22 24 172 607.0852

    Juliane has a life long association with mere boats. She grew up close to the yard of Josef Martin who recognised her talent and took her on as junior apprentice at the age of 12. Graduating at in naval architecture at the university of Kiel she designed her first modern 8-Metre Spazzo which was followed by Ganymede and a string of projects optimising sail plans and spars for 6, 8, and 12-Metres. She is the only woman in history to have designed and singlehanded build a modern 6-Metre. She works as independent yacht designer from her office in Radolfzell, working on a wide range of yachts. Juliane brings a life time of experience and knowhow on design, scantlings, class rules and rating issues to the TC.
  • Technical Committee Member:

    Dr. Tanneguy Raffray

    Le Maneguen
    F-56400 Le Bono
    France 614216108

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    Tan owns the 1927 Guedon designed Hispania IV which was commisioned for H.M. King Alphonso of Spain. At the age of 18, Tan bought Hispania IV and he has restored and maintained her himself. Eights have been at the centre of his life ever since, he even got married on board Hispania IV. His home port is La Trinite-sur-mer, and he has headed the organisation committee of 3 class championships. An active racer and active cruiser with a wealth of knowledge on the class and the boats. Languages: French and English
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    Technical Committee Member:

    Chris Mitchele 647 745 7780

    8-Metre: Thisbe CAN-9 (Clinton Crane, 1929) Chris joined his father onboard Thisbe in the seventies and so has a lifetime of experience in the class. He races from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto and has been actively involved in the teams which hosted several World Championships. Chris was IEMA Treasurer and executive committee member from 2003 until 2015. He joined the Technical Committee in 2015.
  • North American representative in the TC:

    Dave Lindsey

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    Dave began sailing El Toro prams and Windmill one designs as a youngster in California. After completing his Aeronautical Engineering studies in college he moved to the Northeast US where he continued one design racing, including Atlantic class, a Starling Burgess design. In addition to One design, he also expanded into ocean racing on a large variety of boats in both buoy and long distance races. Most Recently Dave has enjoyed racing out of Sodus Bay Yacht Club spending time on 8Ms Jackeen, Aluette, and Natural. In addition to an active racing schedule, he frequently serves on Race Committees, is a certified Sailing Instructor, served 3 terms as Rear Commodore, was Regatta Chairman for the 2015 8M North American Championships and Regatta Co-Chair for the 2016 Canada’s Cup Challenger Selection Trials Held at Sodus Bay Yacht Club.