Fred Meyer served as president of IEMA from 1998 until 2013. He came on board a class which was near broke with a handful members and under his leadership and tireless enthusiasm he turned IEMA around to an association with 200 member boats around the world. Long term sponsorship agreements were reached with the house of Cartier and later Chopard. Championship participation broke all records. With Fred at the tiller the Class saw the first 3 class registered published and through his drive and vision the class was prepared for the 21st century. Through it all he found the time to race his beloved 8-Metre Catina VI, participating in almost all championships in Europe, winning the Neptune Trophy multiple times, always with close friends and his wife Regina and son Axel on board. At the 2013 championships at HSS in Helsinki His Majesty King Harald presented Fred Meyer a plaque to honor Fred’s election as IEMA Honorary Life Member.