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Needed: “Nearly New” Sails for Georgia GBR99

We are putting Georgia together, for the Worlds in September, and are really struggling to find some sails that will do the boat justice and wondered if any of the modern boats out there have some “nearly new” sails that they are retiring, as they prepare for the worlds. She hasn’t been given the chance to race for a few years now, and we hope we can give her a new lease of life with a few tweaks, here and there.

If anyone have any, particularly fore and aft sails, it would be fantastic if you could let us know and we can see how it could all work.

And very conscious that we all have different size sails, our certified measurements are below: If anyone can help us out with some sails, we can look at how we can get them to fit the boat.

A:           12.46
B:           4.672
I:             9.84
J:            3.429

Thank you so much, from all of us, for looking at this and hope to hear from you soon.

The Georgia Crew
+44 7775 864875, voice and WhatsApp

A Summer of Solent Sailing for the International Six Metres

The Solent is the place to be for International Six Metre sailing this summer with a full season of topflight regattas on offer, culminating in the Six Metre World Championships, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from Thursday 31 August to Friday 8 September. 

Teams from across Europe and North America will be joining a strong British contingent taking part in a series of regattas in the central Solent as they prepare for what promises to be a thrilling Worlds.

Over the Whitsun weekend the fleet will participate in the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC) Bank Holiday Regatta from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May. This event will be a special Six Metre Training Regatta with racing on the World Championship course area.

From Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 June there’s the RTYC Regatta incorporating the Six Metre British Open Championship, with two trophies available to the winners – The Lion Bowl (Open division) and The Dudley Head Salver (Classic division). Again racing will be on the World Championship course area with post sailing gatherings in Cowes.

From Monday 17 to Friday 21 July there will be special windward leeward racing for the Sixes as part of the renowned British Classic Yacht Club Regatta. The fleet will be based at the event’s Cowes Yacht Haven race village, where there will be daily après sailing fun and a gala prize giving dinner. The race officer and his team for this event will the same team running the Worlds event at RYS in September, so a good dry-run for both them and the 6mRs.

Immediately following the BCYC Regatta is the Household Division Yacht Club Regatta on Saturday 22 July, which will be followed by prize giving reception at the Squadron. 

Traditionally the Hamble Classics Regatta has been held in September, but this year the date has been brought forward to the weekend of 26 and 27 August, making it the perfect final warm up event before the Worlds. Hosted jointly by the Hamble River Sailing Club and the Royal Airforce Yacht Club in Hamble, racing will be in the central Solent, while the RAFYC will host the daily social events.

Already thirty-three teams have confirmed their intention to participate in the Worlds including the reigning Open Champion Momo and the reigning Classic Champion Dix Aout. Racing against the home British boats will be crews from Sweden, the USA, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Canada, Greece, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Online entry for the event is now open and further information about the 2023 Six Metre Worlds is available at Further information about all the warmup events can be found on the British Six Metre Association website.

For further information about the event please contact:

Tom Owen
Chair, British International Six Metre Association (BISMA)

Jess Gray
Event Manager & Logistics Coordinator, Six Metre World Championships 2023

Fiona Brown
Media Officer, International Six Metre Associaiton (ISMA)
+44 (0)7711 718470



“Johan of Rhu” GBR 65 is a 1939 McGruer design, near sister to “Caprice” GBR 48, and was built for Sir James Howden Hulme in 1939. (The Glasgow family history of the Howdens is widely documented). After having being laid up during WW II, James Howden Hulme reentered “Johan of Rhu” in 6MR racing on the Clyde, where he and Sir Frank Spriggs owner of “Caprice” dominated the scene against a number of other sixes.

In 1947 the pre trials for the 1948 Olympics took place in Torbay. Here again the two rivals from the races on the Clyde were dominant with “Johan of Rhu” gaining the upper hand over “Caprice” and was elected to represent Great Britain in the 1948 Olympics.

Later “Johan of Rhu” participated successfully in numerous races that followed in the British-American Cup Team Races. These took place at Cowes on the Solent, on the Clyde and in Oyster Bay , New York between 1948 and 1954.

Eventually the boat ended up in Canada for a large number of years, where its history became somewhat obscure until it was discovered and purchased near Vancouver in 2011 by the present owner.

The boat was shipped in a container from Canada and arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2012.


During the later years in Canada “Johan of Rhu” had deteriorated and was in a state of badly needed refit and restoration. This work was carried out at Skovshoved Boatyard in Copenhagen under supervision of an old experienced traditional boatbuilder. The work was completed in 2018 and is widely documented in photos which are available upon request.

Briefly a large number of frames were either replaced or spliced to existing frames with at the upper part still in good shape. Lower planks were replaced to the extent necessary and a number floors were replaced and made stronger. The keel was dismounted and fitted with new keelbolts. The hull was turned up-side down while the keel was off and was sanded and faired prior to a professional West System Coat treatment comprising the entire hull. After the hull had been re erected the keel was refitted and a new deck laid. The deck consisting of 15 mm Oregon pine with mahogany trim on 9 mm marine plywood. A number of deck beams were being replaced to the extent it was found necessary.

Eventually a great number of hours were spent doing the cosmetic finishing, with the result speaking for itself. The boat has undergone a complete restoration including a new interior and is ready to sail.


Stearn aluminium mast upgraded to latest 6M specifications.
Stainless steel rod rigging.
2 main sails (one with only little use).
2 genoas (one with only little use).
1 medium genoa (with only little use).
2 spinnakers used in fair condion.
1 aluminium spinnaker pole.
2 Lewmar whinches and 2 Barient winches.
+ 2 original under deck winches for hoisting of halyards
Steel cradle which fits into a container for shipment

“Jo Ann” will be delivered with a current valid measurement certificate.

Currently located in Sanxenxo, Galicia, Spain.

Olaf Damm – phone +45 28563966 or +34 669233688, Email


Create your own Modern! The Moulds for the 2020 Javi Cela Design, from which Ginkgo Too was built, are for sale.

Use foils as previously built or commission updates to your wishes. Rig and deck configurations up to you. This is a known quick hullshape and an easy way to fulfil your dreams of a new Modern. Moulds carefully stored at Isashiyard Composites, Cadiz, Spain.

Contact Jose Gallardo on for further information