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Perfect Conditions On Day One Of Six Metre European Championship 2022 In Cascais

Cascais, Portugal – 6 September 2022 – The opening day of the 2022 Six Metre European Championship in Cascais produced champagne sailing conditions enabling both scheduled races to be completed in an eight to twelve knot westerly breeze which clocked gently right as the afternoon wore on.

A third in race one and a convincing win in race two put Portuguese Olympian Patrick Monteiro de Barros and his Pelle Petterson designed Seljm into the lead in the Open Division. Reigning Six Metre World Champion Momo, with owner Dieter Schoen of Switzerland at the helm, won the first racing in style from Violeta Alvarez’s Stella but was then over eager on the second start and had to return. Momo dug deep and fought back to sixth place, putting her into second overall. Fellow Swiss Jan Eckert’s Ginkgo Too finished fifth and second so counts the same points as Momo, but takes third place overall on countback.

In the Classic Division Ross Macdonald at the helm of Bribon 500 and Andy & Lisa Postle’s Nirvana gave notice that they will be the boats to beat. Nirvana took the first race from Bribon 500 with Thomas Kuhmann’s Hanko III third. In race two Bribon 500 took an early lead on the fleet which she then extend impressively all the way to the finish. Mauricio Sanchez Bella’s Titia took second and Nirvana was third. In the Classic Division overall standings Bribon 500 has a single point lead over Nirvana with Titia and Hanko III both counting eight points but Titia lying third on countback.

After sailing Patrick Monteiro de Barros commented “It was Cascais at its best. It was very good sailing, steady wind and it shifted a little bit but a great sailing day. We had a very good start and we had a strategy to go to the right which normally is the favoured angle. We had very good speed, the boat is going well, the crew is fantastic.”

The defending European Open Division Champion crew of Thisbee, owned by Michel Teweles and Philip Durr, came off the water relatively pleased with a fourth and third place, but were protest by Seljm regarding a tacking incident in race one. The jury found that Thisbe had been on starboard and converging with Seljm on port. Seljm was taking appropriate avoiding action as the boats closed, but Thisbe then tacked into the path of Seljm forcing them to luff head to wind to avoid a collision. As a result Thisbe was disqualified and ended the day down in eighth place.

Olympic Flying Dutchman Gold Medallist Alejandro Abascal of Bribon 500 was also very pleased with the racing conditions today. “It has been a very nice day. Again very nice wind. We expected lighter winds but we had almost 13 knots so it was a very good day for sailing. I hope tomorrow we have the same as today as this wind is nice for us so more like today will be perfect.”

As well as running great racing the Clube Naval de Cascais is also doing a great job of the organisation and hospitality. The boats are moored in the Cascais Marina and each day club RIBs are on standby to tow boats which do not have their own support boat in and out of their berths. The club puts a high priority on the environment and runs an impressive online notice board and notification system to ensure paper is not wasted. A cold water station is located by the entrance to the club so that competitors can refill reusable water bottles at any time and everyone has been asked not to use chemicals when washing off the boats and to keep rubbish, and particularly single use plastics, to a minimum. The Portuguese are famous for their hospitality and the CNC is welcoming the sailors home each day with a generous spread of canapés and delicious local wines and beers, much to the delight of everyone competing.

The forecast for day two is for more light to moderate winds and the Race Committee has confirmed that it intends to get racing underway at 14:00 with races three and four of the series scheduled. Racing for the Championship continues until Saturday 10 September. A total of eight races are scheduled with five being required to declare a valid championship. Once six races have been completed a single race discard will be introduced.

Provisional Top Five Results After Two Races

Open Division

1st – POR4 – Seljm – Patrick Monteiro de Barros – 3, 1 = 4
2nd – SUI142 – Momo – Dieter Schoen – 1, 6 = 7
3rd – SUI140 – Ginkgo Too – Jan Eckert – 5, 2 = 7
4th – GBR86 – Scoundrel One – Vasco Pereira – 4, 4 = 8
5th – ESP16 – Stella – Violeta Alvarez – 2, 9 = 11

Classic Division

1st – ESP16 – Bribon 500 – Ross Macdonald – 2, 1 = 3
2nd – GBR33 – Nirvana – Andy & Lisa Postle – 1, 3 = 4
3rd – ESP72 – Titia – Mauricio Sanchez Bella – 6, 2 = 8
4th – USA96 – Hanko III – Thomas Kuhmann – 3, 5 = 8
5th – ROU65 – Essentia – Catalin Trandafir – 4, 4 = 8

Cascais Welcomes Six Metre European Championship 2022

Cascais, Portugal – 5 September 2022 – International Six Metre crews are gathering at the Clube Naval de Cascais (CNC) in Portugal for the 2022 International Six Metre European Championship, which will take place from 6 to 10 September. They have travelled from as far afield as the Pacific North West and New York in the USA and Finland and Romania in Europe to participate in this first major International Six Metre championship to be held off Cascais.

International Six Metre Association (ISMA) Chairman Louis Heckly summed up the fleet’s excitement to race at this spectacular venue saying; “I can’t wait, unfortunately as a spectator this time, to attend this first ISMA championship held in Cascais and we are all very excited for the competition. The Club’s reputation for organising World class events is second to none and the arriving teams are being made incredibly welcome. The forecast for the week looks great with moderate breezes and glorious warm sunshine expected. With some of the top teams and sailors from across Europe and North America travelling to the event the racing is going to be really tight.”

The fleet will be divided into two divisions, the Open and Classic Divisions, and the oldest boat racing will be Ted Schauman’s Lisbeth V from Finland, which was designed in 1932 by the legendary Johan Anker and built in Norway by Anker & Jensen Byggnadsår. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the newest boat competing will be Dieter Schoen’s Momo, designed by Judel Vrolijk, built by Christof Wilke and only launched earlier this year.

The reigning Open Division Champion, Michael Teweles and Philip Durr’s Thisbe, a 1987 Pelle Petterson design, will be mounting a strong defence of her title but faces stiff competition. At her maiden outing at the Six Metre Worlds in Sanxenxo in June, Momo put in a dazzling performance to win with confidence and she will no doubt be hoping to claim her second major title in Cascais. The Clube Naval de Cascais’s Honorary Commodore Patrick Monteiro De Barros, the man responsible for bringing the event to the CNC, has made the podium at many Six Metre events aboard his 1988 Pelle Petterson designed Seljm. This time he will be hoping to leverage home water advantage and add his name to the Coppa Giovanelli, which was presented by the Yacht Club Italiano as the perpetual challenge cup of the Open Championship.

Bribon 500, designed in 1947 by Arvind Laurin and helmed for this event by five time Olympian and double Olympic Medallist Ross MacDonald, will defend her Classic European title. Her challengers for the right to add their name to the President Woodrow Wilson Trophy include Romanian Catalin Trandafir’s 1956 Sparkman & Stephens designed Essentia, whose crew includes Olympic medallists Eric Jespersen and Hugo Rocha, and Spain’s Mauricio Sanchez Bella aboard the 1952 David Boyd designed Titia.

Ahead of the Championship many of the boats took part in the HM King Juan Carlos Trophy Regatta, which was raced from 2 to 4 September. The regatta provided the perfect opportunity for crews to familiarise themselves with the race area, and after three days of sailing six closely fought races had been completed. In the Open Division victory went to Momo by a two point margin from Seljm with Jan Eckert’s 2020 Javier Cela designed Ginkgo Too taking third. The Classic Division was won by Bribon 500 with Titia second and Essentia third.

The CNC has a very well deserved reputation for running outstanding international events and is as famous for its hospitality as its race management. The Championship social programme kicked off with a Welcome Reception on the club’s delightful waterfront terrace where Commodore José Sotto Mayor Matoso welcomed the competitors and thanked them for travelling to the far west of Europe to compete.

A well known Dragon sailor, José noted that some of the competitors this week already know Cascais well from the many Dragon events the club has hosted. But he warned them to expect rather different conditions for this Championship. He explained that whilst Cascais has a reputation as a strong wind venue, in fact during late summer the wind traditionally swings into the south and becomes much lighter, conditions which ideally suit the beautiful Sixes and a significant factor in deciding the timing of the regatta. With the forecast set for five days of glorious sailing he wished the competitors a successful event and invited them to enjoy all the delights that the beautiful town of Cascais has to offer.

Racing for the Championship is scheduled to commence at 14:00 on Tuesday 6 September when two races are planned. A total of eight races are scheduled with five racing being required to declare a valid championship. Once six races have been completed a single race discard will be introduced.

Further information about the Championship can be found at the event website, at and on the ISMA Facebook page .

For additional information and images please contact ISMA Press Officer Fiona Brown on or +44 7711 718470


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A Warm Welcome Awaits The Six Metre Europeans In Cascais

The Clube Naval de Cascais is renowned as one of Europe’s top regatta destinations. With a purpose built marina next to the club house, large underground car park, a highly experienced and professional shore and race management team, crystal clear sailing waters just a short sail from the club, and a well deserved reputation for great hospitality, we can look forward to a fantastic Six Metre European Championship 2022 from 2 to 10 September.

The weather in September is ideal for Six Metre sailing with glorious sunshine, average daytime temperatures in the mid 20s centigrade and winds typically of around 14 to 18 knots. Whilst the famous sea breezes do still develop they tend to be less strong at this time of year when the sea is at its warmest.

Getting to Cascais is very straight forward with excellent motorway and rail links to the rest of Europe, plus Lisbon international airport only a 45 minute car ride away. The venue also offers a wonderful range of accommodation options from top of the range hotels and resorts to self catering villas and apartments.

Cascais is a very upmarket seaside resort with superb shopping, great bars and restaurants, wonderful beaches and plenty to do near by. For the golfers there are a number of top flight courses locally. If history is your thing a trip to the 10th Century hill town of Sintra, a UNIESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth it and Lisbon itself is a fascinating cosmopolitan city.

The warm up regatta for the European Championship will be the HM King Juan Carlos Trophy which will take place from 2 to 4 September. Registration for the Europeans will also take place from 2 to 4 September and on 5 September there will be an official championship practise race and in the evening an Opening Ceremony to formally start the championship.

Championship racing will take place from 5 to 10 September with up to 8 races scheduled and there will be daily drinks and food for the competitors after racing and a final Prize Giving Ceremony on 10 September.

The Notice of Race and details of how to enter online can be found at

Momo and Dix Août victorious at Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022

Xacobeo 6mR World Champions 2022 – Momo – ©SailingShots by María Muiña Photography

A spectacular final day of racing for the 40 strong fleet from 15 nations saw Switzerland’s Momo, helmed by owner Dieter Schoen and crewed by Markus Wieser, Dirk de Ridder, Ross Halcrow and Victor Manuel Marino Prieto, win the Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022 in Sanxenxo with a race to spare. Second place went to fellow Swiss Philippe Durr and Rainer Müller’s Junior, with Portugal’s Patrick Monteiro de Barross’ Seljm third.

The Classic Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022 was won Louis Heckly’s Dix Août with crew Loic La Garrec, Bill Hugues Leclerc, Frederic Baratay, Jonas Lambalet and Bernard Divorne. Second Classic was Sanxenxo’s own Pedro Campos Clavo-Sotelo sailing Bribon 500, while fellow Spaniard Francisco Botas Ratera’s Aida took the final place on the Classics podium.

The concluding day of the competition produced the most reliable wind of the series with 8-12 knots from the southwest. The Open Division got race six underway cleanly at the first attempt and then the Classics came to the line. As the VHF operator counted down to the start gun there seemed to be some confusion and several boats appeared late to start. In fact, checks subsequently confirmed that a timing error had been made and so the Classics race was abandoned as the boats came down the first run.

Meanwhile in the Open Division Momo hadn’t got off to a great start, but before long she had taken the lead, which she proceeded to defend and extend to the finish. Behind her Johan Larson’s Rebecca took second by a comfortable margin with Seljm third, John Harald Orneberg’s Scoundrel One fourth and Violeta Alvarez’ Stella fifth. With a race to spare Momo had secured victory and the Six Metre World Cup, but the remaining podium positions were still wide open.

With Momo safely back at harbour and celebrating, the Open Division’s seventh and final race was all about deciding the remaining podium places. Junior had gone into the day in second overall, but a disastrous race six left her with a lot of work to do. However, there’s a reason why Junior is one of the most successful Sixes ever and the crew dug deep to claim an elegant final race win from Staffan Lindberg’s Jane Anne with Otto Pohlmann’s Meerblick Bear third and Hugo Stenbeck’s Sophie Racing fourth. That race victory put Junior onto the coveted second step of the podium, with Seljm in the bronze medal position, Stella fourth and Rebecca fifth.

Back ashore a delighted Dieter Schoen explained that “We have had a great week and we have done very well. Even when we’ve had bad starts, like today, we’ve always ended up getting to the first mark in a good position, so I think we’ve had a perfect week as a team. The club has been a very good host and the race committee in general did a good job. The two days that we couldn’t sail they didn’t get nervous, and they took risks, so I think everything went very well”, concluded the skipper of the Momo.

Having had to wait while the Open Division finished race six to prevent congestion, the Classics eventually got their own race six underway again. Going into the race Ossi Paija’s Astree III and Dix Août were tied on points and Bribon 500 and Aida were also still in with a realistic chance of victory. With the 16:00 final start cut off meaning this would be the last race of their series the fight was on and what an exciting race it was to be.

The Dix Août team, which was founded by Louis Heckly’s father, has twice been runner up at the Worlds before but has never won. With victory now so close they were determined not to let the opportunity slip through their fingers again, and a great start and first beat saw them lead at mark one by a narrow margin with the pack hard on their heels.

Dix Août kept her lead down the first run and by the leeward gate she was still just holding her own but with Andy Postle and Brian Pope’s Nirvana, Aida, Mauricio Sanchez-Bella Carswell’s Titia, Juha Salonen’s Toy and Catalin Trandafir’s Essentia (who had been forced to return at the start having been OCS) in hot pursuit.

Despite multiple challenges including a last-minute surge from Aida right on the line, Dix Août clung onto her lead by a whisker to claim the Djinn Trophy and become Classic Six Metre World Champion 2022. Bribon 500 finished the race in fifth allowing her to slip into second overall, just ahead of Aida. Overnight leader Astree III had her worst race of the series with an eighth so dropped down into fourth place overall with Titia fifth and Essentia sixth.

Back on the dock an emotional Louis Heckly spoke from the heart saying, “The feeling is absolutely fantastic. We have been racing for this title for years with my late father, who passed away, and we only managed to give him two world runner-up titles. Now we’ve done it, so it’s a fantastic feeling and we’re very happy. Coming to Sanxenxo twice for the Europeans last year and the World Cup this year was absolutely exciting. Great food, great organisation and great kindness from everyone around us. Everyone wanted to make things easy for us, and that was really appreciated by all the crews”, concluded the French skipper.

After racing the sailors came together in the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo’s dining room, which has spectacular views of the racecourse, for a delicious gala dinner and to honour their champions. In addition to the presentation of the Six Metre World Cup and the Djinn Trophy for the Classics, several additional special awards were presented.

The Shipshape Trophy for the winner of the Open Division Practice Race was won by Paul Smith’s Valhalla and the Maharajah of Djeezupuhr Trophy for the winner of the Classic Division Practice Race went to Bruno Engel’s Saskia.

The IYRS Astor Cup, for the highest placed boat which includes a crew or helm aged 25 years or under was presented to Aida and 24-year-old Jaime de la Gandara Pez. Aida made her racing debut at the 1936 Olympics representing Argentina, narrowly missing a podium position and finishing fourth. For the next twelve years she sailed with various owners in Norway and Denmark, until in 1948 she sailed in her second Olympic competition achieving tenth place for Denmark. She continue to race regularly around Scandinavia for the next 50 years, changing hands periodically, until Katrin and Björn Storsberg moved her to Germany and restored her to competitive condition. In 2016 she was purchased by her current owner and joined the growing Galician fleet.

The new Tim Street Trophy, for the highest placed Classic yacht which holds a certificate under the provisions of Appendix A, was presented to Dirk Stolp’s Valdai. Valdai was designed to the Second Rule in 1930 by Alfred Mylne and built by the Bute Slip Dock Co on the Clyde. Under various ownerships she was club raced and cruised for many years, but by 1995 she was lying neglected on the River Deben in Suffolk, England. She was found by Six Metre godfather Tim Street and moved to Aldeburgh Boat Yard where preliminary restoration work was undertaken before she was sold to Sir Robert Owen who had her beautifully restored to fully racing trim by Tom Owen’s yard in Fowey. Valdai also won the KSSS Cup, for the highest placed Classic built to the First (1907-1919) or Second (1919-1933) Rule.

The Lucie Trophy, for the highest placed yacht which includes a woman as helm or crew, was presented to Violeta Alvarez of Stella. Violeta has been a staunch supporter of the Six Metres in recent years, as the driving force behind the impressive new Six Metre Archive and as the skipper/helm of the Classic Eric and more recently Stella, racing regularly with both the British and Spanish fleets.

Thanks must go to the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo, the event sponsors, the region of Galicia and the Spanish Six Metre Fleet for a truly exceptional championship. The race committee led by Race Officer Alejandro Martín de Pazos did sterling work in often very challenging conditions and the organisation of the event has been exemplary.

The next major event in the International Six Metre calendar is the European Championship which will be hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais, Portugal from 2 to 10 September. Further information about that event can be found at

Overall Top Five 

Open Division

  1. SUI142 – Momo – Dieter Schoen – 1, 2, 2, 6, 2, 1, (23 DNC) = 14
  2. SUI77 – Junior – Philippe Durr – 4, 4, 10, 4, 3, (15), 1 = 26
  3. POR4 – Seljm – Patrick Monteiro de Barros – 3, 7, 4, (13), 4, 4, 8 = 30
  4. ESP16 – Stella – Juan Deben Tiscar – 6, 5, 11, 1, 6, 6, (19) = 35
  5. SWE119 – Rebecca – Johan Larson – 5, 3, (13), 8, 7, 2, 12 = 37

Classic Division

  1. FRA111 – Dix Août – Louis Heckly – 3, 4, (8), 3, 2, 1 = 13
  2. ESP16 – Bribon 500 – Pedro Campos Calvo-Sotelo – 4, 1, 4, (19UFD), 1, 5 = 15
  3. ESP59 – Aida – Francisco Botas Ratera – 6, (7), 2, 4, 4, 2 = 18
  4. FIN80 – Astree III – Ossi Paija – 7, 2, 3, 1, 6, (8) = 19
  5. ESP72 – Titia – Mauricio Sanchez-Bella Carswell – 2, (19 DSQ), 11, 2, 5, 3 – 23

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