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.

Kjell Arne Myrann_NOR


+47 901 81 921

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.


Juliane Hempel_GER


+49 7732 82 22 24
+49 1726070852

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.

Davis Lindsey_USA


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.

Class measurer

Guy-Roland Perrin_SUI


+41 79 634 49 69

Current Class Measurer and candidate for TC and Class measurer. Guy-Roland has been the measurer for the 8-Metres since 1994, and is measurer for the 5.5, 6 and 12-Metre Class. His knowledge of the class is encyclopedic, he is a main stay in the class, no doubt about that.

David Vieira_POR


+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.

Ken McAlpine_AUS


+61 8 9336 6664

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.

Chris Mitchele_CAN


+1 647 745 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.

Nicolas Berthoud_SUI