Honorary President

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway_NOR


Our honorary president is unquestionably the most experienced Int. 8-Metre sailor in the world. Eighty years ago, back in 1939, his father King Olaf first took him on board his Int. 8-Metre Sira and so started a life time of deep passion for sailing and the sea. King Harald is a highly accomplished and competitive sailor who competed in three Olympic games (Int,. 5.5 in 1964 and 1968 and Soling in 1972). He won the One Ton Cup twice and won the Sira Cup during the 8-Metre Worlds in 2007. He has raced string of custom design IOR and IMS
racing yachts, a Farr 40 and aTP52 which he campaigned around the world. Always racing with a crew of friends, all world class sailors in their own right, all passionately competitive and all enjoy sailing as much as each other’s company. If not on other duties, the Royal Yacht Norge serves as mothership. Norge was built in 1937 as mothership for T.O.M. Sopwiths America’s Cup challenge with Endeavor. She’s lovingly maintained and her aft deck has space for the cradle which Sira is transported. It is an honor to have King Harald racing with us and a privilege to have him as honorary life president of IEMA

President of IEMA

Roel van Merkesteyn_SUI


Roel is our new IEMA President. He is the current president of Yacht Club Langenargen on Lake Constance and past chairman of the organizing committee of the 8-Metre Worlds. A life time of competitive racing boats, from small keelboats to IMS and since 2014 his 8-Metre Froya. A strong promotor of sailing, a leader and team player. Forward thinking and open minded, a passionate but progressive classic boat man, always keen to embrace new technology.

Executive Treasurer

Tom Knutsen_NOR


+47 951 45 920

Tom is taking over the role from Seraina as treasurer. He bought the famous red Eight from Peter Wilson, got hooked and set out to grow his fleet in Norway aiming for 10 boats in Oslo. He’s new to the class, in his own words, an old rookie, but he’s not new to making things happen. However hard he tried, there was no way he could hide his track record in sailing as member of the Olympic Sailing Committee at KNS, secretary of the Melges 24 and much more. A serious racing man with a team to match. A star at connecting people and building bridges.

Executive committee member

Werner Deuring_AUT


+43 664 887 899 77

Werner is contuniung his job and role in the executive committee. The current World Champion who also won the Sira Cup and competed for the Neptune Trophy. He has served on the Excom for some years now and has contributions to the class are many. An extraordinary bright leader and diplomat. When sparks fly he’s the 911 of the class, someone with a canning skill to put down fires before they get out of hand. To my mind he is the chief of the IEMA Fire brigade.

John Mitchele_CAN


+1 647 607 3721

John continues on board IEMA as executive committee member. John is the current president of the North American Eight Metre Association. Racing the eights since 1974 from the RCYC in Toronto he has a tale or two to tell. Committed, experienced and passionate 8-Metre man. Tradition has it that the president of the North American Eight Metre Association has a seat on the Executive committee, the voice, the ears and eyes of the oldest 8-Metre fleet in the world.

Robert Roy_CAN


Rob is a young old salt in our class and has joined the executive Committee. He is based in Toronto and has been around the Eights for a long time but has not played a role in IEMA before. He has bought a share in Norseman, securing the future of that iconic 8-Metre on Lake Ontario. (Of course, at 92, Ced sr. is going strong). Rob has an energetic drive, has been a key player in attracting & securing sponsors and has a record as strong hands on supporter of the North American fleet.
















Executive Secretary

Seraina Pruente_SUI


+49 151 159 84 770

Seraina is our IEMA Executive Secretary. Over the past years she served as IEMA treasurer, so has experience within IEMA and certainly knows the ropes. Seraina grew up sailing 6-Metres with her father, ended up racing the First Rule 8-Metres Sposa although something tells me ended up is not the right term here. A humble but fiercely competitive and talented athlete, a former Olympian swimmer and current holder of the Swiss record in free style. A bright and rock solid reliable woman, the class is lucky to have her as an anchor.

Chairman Technical Committe

John Lammerts van Bueren_NED


Phone Canada: +1 250 641 4599
Phone Holland: +31 6 53 19 53 53

John is your new Technical Committee Chairman and oops that’s me .. well, I started sailing before I was born and 8-Metres in 1989. Back in 1994 I started the 8-Metre Register and over a period of 23 years served as secretary and later president of IEMA. Lucky to have been part of it all, lucky to have raced and cruised moderns, classics, vintage and gaff Eights. I was lucky to work with Fred Meyer from 1998 onwards and witness a magic
renaissance of the class. After a 3 year holiday from IEMA Im back as TC Chair and I will try to do my bit to help the class racing as one.

Murdoch McKillop_GRB


+44 7831339936

Murdoch is joining the executive committee. In preparation of the 2007 centennial celebrations at the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, Murdoch bought Lafayette with the aim to defend the honor of the home club on the Clyde. The one boat, two year campaign ended up as a 2 boat 14 year addiction. We all knew that would happen, now he knows it too. Murdoch has become a main stay in the class, competing at just about any World Cup on both sides of the pond. He brings in a wealth of experience and expertise. A man with a canning ability to connect and promote, a man who builds bridges, always with his eye on the ball and the bigger picture in sight.

Stefan O’Reilly-Hyland_FRA


 +33 672967447

Stefan has joined the Executive committee. As the new owner of Wyvern, Stefan became part of the re-emerging fleet at La Trinite-sur-mer. As you probably know, Wye and Ayana have also been sold to La Trinite and these three boats will joining Hispania IV, Suzette, Silk, Cutty tou, Aile VI, Enchantement IV and possibly Sirius building the French Atlantic fleet to 9. Stefan is at the heart of it all and when it comes to pulling a fleet together he knows the ropes. He used to be secretary of ISMA (Int. Six Metre Association) when Beat Fuehrer was president. He is based in La Trinite and being half Irish half French, he is fully bilingual. With the Solent fleet in sailing reach, the exchange of British and French 8-Metre events holds a real promise for the future.