Dear Fellow 6 Metre Sailors,

Welcome to the first BISMA e-newsletter. This is a new initiative to keep you abreast of what is happening in the UK 6 Metre fleet. Fiona Brown, Tom Owen and Violeta have been working hard to raise the profile of our PR. Our website has been revamped and we plan to also have regular e-newsletters to keep you informed on what is about to happen and that which has happened. Please take a look at the new website and do let us have your feedback.

We will really need your input too. So please don't hold back if you think you have something to share which might be interesting to others. Photos, a few lines and any little snippets to Fiona would be very much welcome.

Already this year we have had an excellent regatta for the British Open Championship, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. It was held at the same time as the 8 Metres were racing for the Lady Magdalen Bulkeley Cup. The first weekend was run in truly stunning conditions with the second in more wind. Congratulations to Tom Richardson in Thistle for winning the Dudley Head Salver. Racing was very close and hard fought, just as it should be. So many have commented on what an amazing sight these boats are on the water. I do hope that in combining with the 8 Metres we now have an event to build on for the future. Let's make next year's event even bigger...

We're just back from a terrific week in Cowes racing at Panerai British Classic Week and we'll have a full report, photos and even some video on this at www.6mr.org.uk shortly.

Plus we have more great sailing ahead so I very much look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

Robin