Royal Yacht Squadron to Host International Six Metre World Championships 2023

With participation and interest in the International Six Metre Class currently running high, the International Six Metre Association (ISMA) is delighted to announce that the 2023 Six Metre World Championships will be hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), Cowes, UK from 31 August to 8 September.

As usual the boats will be divided into Open and Classic divisions with teams from across Europe and North America already confirming their participation. Several new Sixes have been built in recent years and it is anticipated that another new boat will be launched in time to join the fleet in Cowes.

Registration and measurement for the regatta will open on Tuesday 29 August, four practice races will take place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September (two each day), and World Championship racing will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September. A total of eight championship races are scheduled, with five races required to constitute the championship. Once six races have been completed a single discard will be introduced.

The regatta is being organised in association with the British International Six Metre Association (BISMA), which looks forward to welcoming international visitors to Cowes, the home of British Yachting. The Royal Yacht Squadron’s reputation for top class regatta management is world-renowned and for this event Peter Saxton from the RYS will be running the racing activities as the Race Officer (RO).

Class social events will be hosted at The Castle, the Squadron’s historic waterside clubhouse, and at Cowes Yacht Haven, the marina berthing for all competitors, where competitors will enjoy daily post sailing social gatherings and a special World Championship Class Dinner.

The Worlds will be the culmination of a summer of special Six Metre events in Cowes. For those who would like to train on the World Championship race area, there will be a series of warm up regattas, with events approximately every three to four weeks, including the British Open Championship (22-25 June) and a week of racing in July at British Classic Week (17-21 July).

Special logistical and storage arrangements are being made for the boats in Cowes, further details of which are available from the event website. All Six Metre competitors are encouraged to contact Event Manager & Logistics Coordinator, Jess Gray (, with details of their individual arrival and training schedules so that all the logistics of storage and launching in Cowes can be arranged.

“The Squadron last hosted a Six Metre World Championships in 2007 and we are delighted to be returning there again for 2023. The British Sixes regard the RYS as their spiritual home, and we are looking forward to welcoming our international friends for a summer of fierce competition afloat and relaxed camaraderie ashore. Racing will be on windward leeward courses in the central and eastern Solent areas and with Peter Saxton and his expert race team from the Squadron, we can look forward to superb racing.” – Tom Owen, BISMA Chair.

The Notice of Race and online entry for the regatta, together with a host of supporting information, are now available from

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


Built at McGruer & Co Ltd. Clynder Scotland, 1946

Designer: James McGruer

Caprice was originally built at for Sir Frank Spriggs manager of  Sopwith and Hawker Siddeley emblematic British aviation companies. McGruer yard in his history built about a very long list of outstanding motor and sailing yachts from 6 and 8 m to the launches of the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

She was carefully restored by Tino Rawnsley in an eighteen months process to her original  conditions and  in 1998 Caprice return to the racing circuit.

Brian Pope was her former owner and after him Paul Smith, being bronze medal in the 2007 World Championship and winner of the 2008 European Championship. 

From 2009 till 2015 Caprice sailed in Finnish waters and in 2016 she was sold to a Spanish owner, sailing in Sanxenxo, Spain where a relevant 6 m fleet, that includes the last two times World and three times European champion, was created.  

Some of the latest racing results of Caprice are a 5th position in the 2021 European Cahmpionship, 2nd in the Spanish 6m Championship 2021 and 2nd in the Spanish 6 m Cup 2021. 


Mahogany planking and oak structure. Burma teak deck cover. Awlgrip paint applied in 2016. Perfect conditions

Sails Inventory

  • Mains:                 
    2017 North 3DL
    2021 North 3Di RAW
  • Light Genoas:     
    2017 North 3Di
    2019 North 3Di RAW
    2021 North 3Di RAW
  • Light/Med Genoas:       
    2019 North 3Di RAW
    UK Sails
  • Medium Genoas:          
    2021 North 3Di 781
  • Med/Heavy Genoas:     
    2017 North 3Di RAW
  • Heavy Genoa:              
    2020 North 3DL 581

S2                                 2017 North
S1                                 2019 North
S2                                 2019 North
S2                                 2020 North
S2                                 2021 North
+ Training Spi

Harken Performa 2019

Mast and rigging
Selden tapered mast with rod standing rigging.
Spectra/Dyneema running rigging.
Spare spreaders set.
Rig load dynamometer.
Spare battens.

Steel cradle for transport with dismountable wheels.
Lifting points.
2.5×0.7×1.5 m soft box.
Plain fenders with cover and name.
Complete cover.
Boom mounted cover.
Raymarine electronics. 
Caprice is at a workshop at Vigo.

For further details please contact Inigo Echenique, Phone: +34692127332, email:


Built in 1982 by Sune Carlssons Batvarv to a Peter Norlin design, Conch Fritters is for sale. She is based in Lymington so ideally placed for someone keen to find a boat for the 2023 Six Metre Worlds in Cowes at the end of August.

Asking price £35,000

Stored under cover at Lymington, Hampshire

Full inventory and further details available on request

For further information please contact
Robert Leigh-Wood


DUET is a Second Rule 6m, and although currently setup with a gaff rig for Mediterranean cup collecting, she still could be put back into 6m class with a Bermudian rig (not supplied, but she has a hardly used , set of North 3DL bermudian sails available). Ripe to collect the trophy for the first and second rule at the Cowes worlds in 2023!

Full details are here –

Price is £39,000

Please contact Ben Cooper on for further information


Thisbe, the winner of the 2021 European championship in Sanxenxo is for sale.

– Pelle Petterson design

– Built in 1987 .

– Total refit + new keel (design by Jan Howlett) in 2018.

– Location : Switzerland

– The boat as well as the equipment are in top condition

– New mast (in 2 pieces) and rigging in 2018

– All the sails have been made and optimized regularly by


– Cradle

• Asking price : 180,000 chf.

Feel free to contact for any further information

Contact :

Mob : +41 79 894 73 46.