the 8mR World Cup


Name The International 8 Metre World Cup
Year of Origin 1970
Year Donated 1970
Donated by Eugene van Voornis, Rochester Yacht Club
Owner of the trophy The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club
Qualifying Yachts All International 8 Metres holding a valid certificate of rating
Scoring low point system

the 8mR World Cup

Right after the second world war, all available money was spent on rebuilding Europe and the big & heavy 8-Metres class yachts became a horrendously expensive boat to build. New generation boats, lighter and with proportionally smaller sail areas emerged in this post war era. Somehow the 8 mR yachts survived, not that any  new boats were built but the old ones proved amazing for club racing. In Scotland a large fleet was actively raced on the Clyde and of course the Scandinavians, French and the Lake Ontario fleets remained active racing, although most of them ran on a shoe string budget. Eugene van Voorhis was the first to build a new 8-Metre in 1967, the awe inspiring Iroquois designed by Olin Stephens. She was to race for the Canada’s Cup but due to a change of rules she never did. The result was that Eugene decided to sell one of his other 8-Metres, Iskareen, and shipped her to Scotland. This would be one of the most significant turning points in the history of our class. The story goes that one night at the Royal Northern Yacht Club, Eugene challenged the Scots for a race, not just a boat race but a battle between the old and the new world. Supported by a generous flow of whiskey the race was to be the 8-Metre World Cup, no-one expected it to be more than tremendous fun but as it happened it is now our oldest trophy in modern times.

The trophy was to be a challenge cup and raced for, if possible once a year with a minimum of 3 nations competing. And so it happened that in 1970 a group of 8-Metres gathered on the Clyde to race for a trophy which was to become a new tradition in the class. Scotland gave Eugene a special welcome. Leaning against a furious gale and torrential rain, Eugene walked across the lawn of the Royal Northern assuming all would stay inside. He was greeted by his hosts with “Fine day for a boat race Gene”. Shortly after six boats crossed the line; Silja, Christina (ex and now again Ilderim), Iskareen, Severn, Turid (ex Froya) and If. In great friendship the boats were raced hard with the Johan Anker designed Silja, owned by the Scotsman Dr. Weir, winning the first World Cup and Eugene van Voorhis making a close second.

INTERNATIONAL EIGHT METRE ASSOCIATION
World Cup winners 1970 - 2020

LocationYearYacht NameYacht ClubDesignDesign YearOwner (s)NationalityCrew Members
Scotland1970SiljaRoyal Northern & Clyde Yacht ClubJohan Anker1930Dr. H.J. WeirScotlandJohn Archibald (Helm) - Gilmour Manuel - James Macrae - Douglas Mowat - Andrew Henderson - Ian Weir - Donald Hardie
Sweden1975SiljaRoyal Swedish YC - (KSSS)Johan Anker1930Joni Hertell & Krister AhlstömFinlandKrister Ahlstrom (Helm) - Joni Hertell (sailing master) - Dieter Aminoff - Fred Anderson - Bjarne Båsk - Arne Lemström - Nils Lassenius
Finland1978IskareenNyländska Jaktklubben (NJK)Olin Stephens1939Per WermelinSwedenPer Wermelin (Helm) - Tommy Westh - Magnus Olson - Jan Goranson - Svante Brag - Olof Knoos 
Sweden1982IroquoisGotlands Seglarförbund - VisbyOlin Stephens1967Eugene van VoorhisU.S.A.Eugene Van Voorhis (Helm) - Lee Van Gemert Norman Van Voorhis - Chip Rorabach - John van Voorhis - Charles Van Voorhis
Norway1983IroquoisRoyal Norwegian YC - (KNS)Olin Stephens1967Eugene van VoorhisU.S.A.Eugene Van Voorhis, Lee Van Gemert, Norman Van Voorhis, Chip Rorabach, John Van Voorhis, Charles Van Voorhis.
Canada1984OctaviaRoyal Canadian YC - (RCYC)Bruce Kirby1984Elwin CathcartCanadaRobin Clarke (helm) - Eric Pedersen - Andre Calla - Robert Kidd - John Millen - Bryan Gooderham.
U.S.A.1985Golden FeatherRochester Yacht Club (RYC)Peter Norlin1984Harry VossU.S.A.Harry Voss (Helm) , Keith Burhans, Mark Sertl, Joe Tomaselli, Steve Haarstick, Phil Pittenger
France1986Gitana SixtyClub Nautique de CannesJacques Fauroux1986Baron Edmund de RothschildFrancePhilippe Durr (helm) - Manuel Stern - Benjamin De Rothschild - Philippe Péché - Jean Hervé Maire - Alexis De Cenival -
Finland1987SpiritNyländska Jaktklubben (NJK)Pelle Peterson1985Per Wermelin, Ulf & Ola NilssonSwedenPer Wermelin (Helm) - Magnus Olsson - Per Skoglund - Bengt Lindholm - Ulf Nilson - Ola Nilson
Sweden1988GefionRoyal Swedish YC - (KSSS)Ed Dubois1988Sigge SvenssonSwedenSigge Svensson - Philip Crebbin - Malcolm McKeon - Alistair Davidson - Claes Henningsson - Kalle Hennix
Canada1989GefionRoyal Canadian YC - (RCYC)Ed Dubois1988Sigge SvenssonSwedenSigge Svensson - Philip Crebbin - Malcolm McKeon - Alistair Davidson - John Forster - & Bowman
U.S.A.1990GefionRochester Yacht ClubEd Dubois1988Sigge SvenssonSwedenBryan Gooderham - Richard Self
Canada1991GefionPort Credit YCEd Dubois1988Sigge Svensson CanadaBrian Gooderham - Philip Crebbin - Richard Self
Sweden1992SpiritNynashamn (KSSS)Pelle Peterson1985Per Wermelin, Ulf & Ola NilssonSwedenPer Wermelin (Helm) - Magnus Olsson - Per Skoglund - Bengt Lindholm - Ulf Nilson - Ola Nilson
Finland1993SarissaNyländska Jaktklubben (NJK)Ed Dubois1989Ron PalmU.S.A.
France1994GefionClub Nautique de CannesEd Dubois1988Sigge SvenssonSwedenSigge Svensson - Philip Crebbin - Alistair Davidson
Holland1995NaturalRoyal Yacht Club Hollandia Ed Dubois1990John FowlerU.S.A.Hank Steward (skipper) - Tim Donovan - Jerry Dodge - Erik Will - Tom Ruflin - Hank Willard
U.S.A.1996SarissaSodus Bay Y.C.Ed Dubois1989Ron PalmU.S.A.Ron Palm (helm) - Terry Neilson - Hugh Beaton - David Jarvis - Tom Whitmore - Bram Palm
Switzerland1998YquemSociété Nautique de GenèvePelle Peterson1985Jean FabreSwitzerlandJean Fabre - Jean-Marc Monnard (Helm) - André Darmon - Andreas Heuss - Gaspard Schadegg - Luc Masson
U.S.A.1999Golden FeatherRochester Yacht ClubPeter Norlin1984Eric VossU.S.A.Eric Voss (Helm) -Mark Fischer -Bobby Bryant - Curt Barnes -Chuck Bauerschmidt -Joel Roemer
Italy2000GefionYacht Club ItalianoEd Dubois1988Benoit de GorskiSwitzerlandPierre-André Bonjour (Helm) - Arnaud Gavairon - Bernard Zumstein - Marc Stiefel - Jean-Claude Burdet - Bernard Thuner - Christophe Roiron
Finland2002Fleur de LyssNyländska Jaktklubben (NJK)Jacques Fauroux2002Gaston SchmaltzFranceJacques Fauroux (Helm) - Dominique Caparros - Yves Despres - Jean Luc Durosne - Nicolas Fauroux - Bruno Fauroux
France2003Fleur de LyssSociété Nautique La Trinite-sur-merJacques Fauroux2002Gaston SchmaltzFranceJacques Fauroux (Helm) - Dominique Caparros - Yves Despres - Jean Luc Durosne - Nicolas Fauroux - Bruno Fauroux
Switzerland2004LafayetteSociété Nautique de GenèveJacques Fauroux1986Ruud van Hilst & Jos FruytierThe NetherlandsPhillip Crebbin (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jos Fruytier - Jeroen Jonk -Tim Van Rootselaar - John Lammerts van Bueren - Hugh Beaton
Canada2005HollandiaRoyal Canadian Yacht ClubDoug Peterson & Ian Howlettt2005Ruud van Hilst & Jos FruytierThe NetherlandsPhillip Crebbin (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jos Fruytier - Jeroen Jonk -Tim Van Rootselaar - John Lammerts van Bueren
Germany2006SarissaLindauer Segles ClubEd Dubois1998Peter GrohGermany
Scotland2007AluetteRoyal Northern & Clyde Yacht ClubJacques Fauroux1986Iris MettenGermany
Norway2008AluetteRoyal Norwegian Yacht ClubJacques Fauroux1998Iris MettenSwitzerlandEckhard Kaller (Helm) - Reinhard Brucker - Sebastian Reischl - Torsten Müller - Richard Volz - Markus Olbrecht
France2009LafayetteInternational Yacht Club HyeresJacques Fauroux1986Murdoch McKillopScotlandAllan Manuel (Helm) - Billy Russell - Matt Whitaker - Stephen Rarity - Paul Johnston - Dave Kelly
Canada2010AluetteRoyal Canadian Yacht ClubJacques Fauroux1998Iris MettenGermanyTorsten Müller (Helm) - Stefan Schneider - Markus Olbrecht - Christian Gasser - Ernst Bieri - Günther Reisacher
Germany2011HollandiaFlensburg Segler ClubDoug Peterson & Ian Howlettt2005Ruud van Hilst & Jos FruytierThe NetherlandsTim Van Rootselaar (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jeroen Jonk - John Lammerts van Bueren - John Cutler - Sandro Benigni
England2012LafayetteRoyal Yacht SquadronJacques Fauroux1986Murdoch McKillopScotlandAllan Manuel (Helm) - Billy Russell - Matt Whitaker - Stephen Rarity - Paul Johnston - Dave Kelly
Finland2013HollandiaHelsingfors SegelsällskapDoug Peterson & Ian Howlettt2005Ruud van Hilst & Jos FruytierThe NetherlandsTim Van Rootselaar (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jeroen Jonk - John Lammerts van Bueren - Gilles Nelis - Dan Slater
France2014HollandiaSociété Nautique La Trinite-sur-merDoug Peterson & Ian Howlettt2005Ruud van Hilst & Jos FruytierThe NetherlandsTim van Rootselaar (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jeroen Jonk - Gilles Nelis - John Lammerts van Bueren - Sandro Benigni
Switzerland2015Yquem 2Société Nautique de GenèveJacques Fauroux2002Jean FabreSwitzerlandJean Fabre - Manuel Stern - Cédric Senften - Jean-Marc Monnard - David Genier - Marc Stern
Canada2016HollandiaRoyal Canadian Yacht ClubDoug Peterson & Ian Howlettt2005Tim van Rootselaar & Ruud van HilstThe NetherlandsTim van Rootselaar (Helm) - Ruud van Hilst - Jeroen Jonk - Gilles Nelis - Tijmen van Rootselaar - Dan Slater
NorNorwayway20201717Miss URoyal Norwegian Yacht ClubJacques Fauroux2014Avia WillmentBritish
Langenargen2018ConquistadorYacht Club LangenargenDoug Peterson & Ian Howlett2005Werner DueringAustriaWerner Deuring (skipper) - Markus Sagmeister - Michael Seifarth - Reinhard Brucker - Thomas Schäffler - Dan Slater
Cowes20192019Yquem 2Royal Yacht SquadronJacques Fauroux2002Jean FabreSwitzerlandJean Fabre - Manuel Stern - Cédric Senften - David Genier - Marc Stern - Pascal Python