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Celebrating the history of the International Six Metres

The first Six Metres were built over 100 years ago and the class has a rich heritage. This website brings together archive material spanning their full history, made publicly accessible for the first time in one place.

Launched in 2019, this is a growing resource for anyone with an interest in the history of the International Six Metre Class. You can find source material relating to all aspects of the class and the community around it, ranging from regattas and racing to designers and photographs. The material on this site has been sourced from many different collections worldwide, reflecting the international nature of the class.

We welcome and encourage submissions of new material and information from our visitors. Please get in touch if you have anything to add. Feel free to browse our site and enjoy the resources on offer.

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A class steeped in history

From the Olympics to the World Championships, the International Six Metre Class has played a significant role in the development of competitive sailing. Since the Six Metres first appeared in 1907 following the development of the International Rule, it has been one of the most popular of the Metre classes. More than 1200 boats have been built over the course of more than a century, and over 300 still sail and compete today.

The class is organised by the International Six Metre Association, which is governed by a committee of elected officers from around the world.

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