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RIP Rees Martin

It is with great sadness that we report the death of past BISMA Secretary Rees Martin, who died suddenly on Saturday 20th February 2021. Rees was a true bon vivant and a great raconteur with an extraordinary technical knowledge of and love for classic yachts and traditional boat building. 

He owned the 1989 Pelle Peterson designed 6 Metre GBR102 “Bear” for many years, racing regularly with the British fleet and taking on the role of BISMA secretary from 2004 to 2010. 

During his time as BISMA Secretary, Rees played a key role in helping to tidy up the 6 Metre Class Rule, culminating in the publication of an updated Rule in 2007. That issue was the first to introduce Appendix A to the Rule, which allowed older boats a route to getting a valid certificate. Rees also led the organising team for the 2007 World Championship and was involved in supporting other major UK 6 Metre events including the 2014 European Championship in Falmouth, and he continued to provide advice and support to the class throughout his life.

In recent years Rees had very much enjoyed racing “Alert”, his delightful and beautifully maintained Tumlare which was been built in 1935. He played a key role in creating the popular Cowes Classics Week Regatta and provided advice and support to classic yacht sailors, builders and regatta organisers around the world. He was also Vice Chairman of the Association of Yachting Historians.

Away from sailing Rees had extensive connections in the art world having run a specialist art shipping company for many years. He leaves behind his wife Penelope and son Harry and our thoughts and prayers are with them and his family and friends at this difficult time.


999c95_22e8e2d2bfae455497e612da28ba66be~mv2May Be IV, S2

Year: 1936

Designer: Tore Holm

Location: Helsinki

Price: 60.000€   Price Reduced 30 November 2020

Condition: Very good

History :May Be IV, S2, was designed by Tore Holm and built built by Abrahamsson & Börjesson in Stockholm of the best materials with no expenses spared for the Six Meter racing legend & innovator, the ship owner Sven Salén.  db02c4bf9b5a9bb6013787016398d6ffUnder his personal sail number S2 Salen had introduced the symmetrical spinnaker as well as the genoa foresail on previous Six Meters he had sailed. May Be IV was built for the 1936 Kiel Olympics in mind, Salén was selected and finished third in the fierce and aggressive pre-war competition.

May Be IV is a representative of the classic six meters at the aesthetic and competitive heyday of the class before the WWII, when the Six Meters were at their leanest. MBIV is 11,62 long and 1,78 m narrow – after her, the minimum width was increased to 1,8m. As they say, she is mean, lean and built like a Stradivarius:) Is Svea, the longest and sleekest J-boat in the history, designed also by Tore Holm in 1937, May Be IV’s big sister or kid sister?

Contact:, tel +358-400-495678


Four of the late Erik Larsen’s 6 Metres are currently offered for sale by Baum & Koenig. For details of each boat please follow the links below.

S&S – Great Dane (ex Buzzyy III)

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Bjarne Aas 1939/2011 – Apache

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S&S #1151 Replica 2013 – Darling

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Johan Anker DEN-58 – Lady Day

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GitanaJuniorIIPhilippe Durr design and build in 1986

Boat in very good condition ready to race

Nr. 2 mast, one in one pieces and used in the last 2 years, the second in two pieces need to restore.

New rigging 2018

Completed full new ropes Gottifredi Dyneam

New Sail: Main sail Elvstrom in EPEX year 2019

Genoa medium Elvstrom in EPEX year 2019

GitanaJuniorII-2Genoa 2 heavy in Pentex Year 2020

Spi 0.5 year 2019

Few old sail for day use (not for race)

Complete full osmosis repair in 2018 by professional company

Few accessories and details (Nr. 2 New manual pump, Nr. 2 New electric pump, new hydraulic circuit, etc….)

Boat in Italy on Como’s Lake

Asking Price EURO 67.000,00


Boat on ISMA Archive:

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