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Sanxenxo Ready To Welcome 2022 Six Metre World Championship

On 20 January 2022 the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid hosted a presentation of the Xacobeo International Six Metre Worlds, a global championship regatta which will be held in Sanxenxo (NW Spain) next June and which will bring together a Six Metre fleet that will once again make Galicia an international sailing capital.

The Vice President of the Galician Government Alfonso Rueda, the director of Tourism of Galicia Nava Castro, the mayor of Sanxenxo Telmo Martín, the Head of all Spanish domestic businesses at ABANCA Luis Beraza, the president of the Cluster Tourism of Galicia Cesáreo Pardal, the president of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation Javier Sanz and the president of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo Pedro Campos were all in attendance among others at the prestigious event.

Sanxenxo’s Mayor was in charge of proceedings and he opened by stating: “Being able to celebrate the Worlds here it is undoubtedly a source of great pride for Sanxenxo and for Galicia, it will be even better than the Europeans last year and with the Real Club Náutico as organizer, with whom we are cooperating totally, success is always assured.”

Pedro Campos thanked supporters Xacobeo, the Sanxenxo City Council and the Xunta de Galicia as co-organizers of the event, as well as the sponsors ABANCA, Viajes InterRías, Quirón and Autesa Volvo. He added: “The Xacobeo Six Metre Worlds will once again have as one of its main objectives is augmenting the low season tourism in Sanxenxo and the intention of the organisation is to increase the number of participants by some 30% whilst maintaining or improving on the quality the European Championships already enjoyed.” 

Before ending his speech, Campos made mention of a sailor from Vigo and the crew onboard Six Metre “Bribon 500”, Alberto Viejo, who last weekend suffered a serious accident training in the Vigo estuary: “Before finishing I want to send all the strength and affection to our friend and colleague Alberto. Both he and his family know that he has our support and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Vice President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, has been in charge of closing the presentation. “For the Xunta de Galicia it is an honour to be part of this World level event. This project started out in 2020 at a very difficult time but we have already shown that we can hold an event offering guarantees, such as the Spanish Championship first and then the European Championship in 2021 demonstrate, so there is no doubt that that the world championship will once again be a complete success for Galicia.

After the cancellation in 2020 of all international events due to the pandemic, the European Championship held last September in Sanxenxo was the first major sailing event to be held in Galicia. Now, after the success of the continental event, the Xacobeo International Six Metre Worlds will once again bring together the Six Metre world fleet in the Rías Baixas between June 10th and 19th to compete in the most important regatta of the season.

Many of the teams are already in Sanxenxo and that in the coming months they will take part in the Spanish national circuit, which will once again serve as an important warm-up for the big event of the year.

Further information about the 2022 International 6 Metre World Championship can be found at the event website.


Dear sailor friends, dear Six Metre enthusiasts,

I have been advised last Thursday from our Executive Secretary that you elected me to the difficult task of succeeding our friend Sir Robert at the head of ISMA.

I would like to thank you warmly with this short message.

I will do my best to keep our Class what it has always been: a Development Class, driven by fierce racers motivated by a spirit of friendliness, courtesy, and sportsmanship.  I keep in mind that this election was close and I have already taken the liberty of offering Ossi to help me in the task, as Mauricio Sanchez-Bella quite rightly suggested in his message from the Spanish Fleet.

I have no doubt that the “situation” is improving, and that we can meet again in Sanxenxo in September.  We must take the lead and register our boats as soon as possible – Dix Août is already registered.  The facilities that the Spaniards are giving us must be taken into account, especially since our International championships will take place in Europe until 2023, which could decide those who come from far to leave their Six Metre there until the World Championships in Cowes.

While waiting for the AGM in September, I will do my best to bring together and re-motivate the French and Italian fleets, so that they join us as soon as possible.

To quote one of my crew: “It has been a long time since a Maharajah had been elected to head ISMA.”

I look forward to seeing you all on the water.

Until then, take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Louis Heckly
18 May 2021

Celebrating 50 Years Of ISMA And A Brand New 6 Metre

June 2020 marks two exciting milestones for the International 6 Metre Class. First we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Six Metre Association. To mark this milestone ISMA Archivist has put together a fascinating article charting the association’s history which you can read on the ISMA Archive.

And we also bring you news of a brand new 6 Metre which is currently nearing completion in Spain. Full details of the boat are not yet available, but Project Manager Javi Cela has given us permission to share this first photograph with you, which was taken just after the deck and hull were joined. As soon as we have further information we will share it with you.