The Class


ISMA is the International association for the owners and sailors of International 6 Metre Class Yachts. ISMA manages the affairs of the International 6 Metre Class.

The Association handles the relationship with World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, and carries the responsibility of keeping the 100 year old history of this legendary sailing class alive. ISMA is managed by a committee led by a President and five Vice-Presidents.

ISMA Board and Contact List
PresidentLouis Heckly
Vice Presidents
– MarketingDr Thomas Kuhmann
– Open DivisionPeter Wealick
– ClassicsDavid Elliott
– RacingDirk Stolp
– TechnicalIan Howlett
TreasurerChristian Teichmann
Nominated National Representatives
FinlandHeikki Hämäläinen
FranceAlexandre Anginot
PortugalPatrick de Barros
SpainMauricio Sanchez-Bella
SwedenClaes Henningson
SwitzerlandReinhard Suhner
Executive SecretaryTim Russell
Fleet Contacts – other than Board members
Great Britain (BISMA Secretary)Violeta Alvarez
Other National Contacts – No ISMA Members
NorwayNicolai Fontain
ThailandCedric Rimaud

Past Presidents of ISMA:
1971-1972 Werner Freyer
1972-1974 Walter G Wirth
1974-1976 Eustace ‘Sunny’ Vine Jnr.
1976-1978 Ken Hartman
1978-1979 C R ‘Breck’ Adams
1979-1980 Ernest Rohners
1980-1981 Professor Dr Heinz Weinhold
1981-1983 Henry ‘Hank’ P Thayer
1983-1984 Baron Edmond de Rothschild
1984-1987 Glen Foster
1987-1993 Bernard Haissly
1993-1998 Christer Salen
1998-2002 Thomas Lundqvist
2002-2005 Bernard Haissly
2005-2010 Lieutenant Colonel Tim Street
2010-2014 Beat Furrer
2014-2018 Matt Brooks
2018-2021 Robert Owens
2021-present Louis Heckly