If you love to race, and want to have fun doing it, no class does it better than the six metre class. Never have I experienced a group that exhibits better the values of yacht racing. Loves the boats they sail; knows more about the history not only of the class but each and every boat. I know the parties will be fun the people nice. Not to be missed.


The Six Metres gather at the NJK–yacht club at Blekholmen


6mR-class World Championship 2011 will be held from 5th August to 12th of August at the NJK-yacht club at Blekholmen in Helsinki. The championship takes place every two years and is expected to bring together a fleet of around 50 boats and 250 yachtsmen from around the world.

The SEB Six Metre World Cup 2011 held in Helsinki is part of the 150th anniversary of NJK-yacht club, Nyländska Jaktklubben. This same year Finland also celebrates its 150th anniversary of yacht racing history.

In Helsinki the championship will take place in two classes: the modern Six Metres (build after 1965) and the classic Six Metres (build before 1965). The majority of the Finnish fleet will compete in the classics division.

This will be the 19th Six Metre World Cup. In the year 2009 the WC was sailed in Newport, USA. There the winner in modern Six Metres was Sweden’s Hugo Stenbeck with Sophie II, and in classics Canada’s Eric Jespersen with Gallant. From Åland, Finland, Henrik Lundberg took silver in the classics with Fridolin. Both winners are America’s Cup –veterans. The Finns have won the championship in classics three times, last in 2003. The Swedes on the other hand have mastered the championship in moderns.

The championship was last held in Helsinki in 1999. The Six Metres was an Olympic class from 1908 until 1952. Among the boats participating in this year’s Helsinki WC are all top-5 boats from the Helsinki Olympics 1952.

The Six Metres in Finland add up to 40, and worldwide the registered boats add up to around 300. Following the Six Metre rating rule, each boat is different. The Six Metres are considered extraordinary beautiful and many highly esteemed boatdesigners are among the constructors, namely the late Olin Stephens from USA and Finland’s Gösta Kyntzell.

The SEB Six Metre World Cup 2011 -program:

1.-4.8. 5.8. 6.-7.8. 8.-11.8. 12.8.

measuring of sails measuring of boats prerace (2 starts/day) races 1-8 (2 starts/day) prizegiving (reserve day)

Media accreditations: Markku Lamppu.

Additional information: Henrik Andersin, head of the Organizing Committee,, +358 400 406 391 Markku Lamppu, press,, +358 50 542 3424

Title sponsor SEB. Day sponsor Baltic Yachts. Sponsors Viking Line, Finnlines, Silja Line and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Suppliers, Volvo, Itella, Jouko Lindgren Boat Yard, Henri Lloyd, Procopé&Hornborg, Maritim, WB-Sails and Scandic.

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