Before World War II, the Eight Metres were arguably the most prestigious international yacht racing class. Between 1907 and 2008, approximately 500 8mRs were built, 177 of them have survived and continue to race world-wide today. Each year, approximately 1-3 boats are built to the 8mR formula while incorporating contemporary technologies— distinguishing the Eights a continuing development class as intended by “The Rule.” Since the 1980’s the class has enjoyed a renewed popularity with many older yachts being rebuilt or restored to racing form. The Eights were sailed in the Olympics, contemporaneously with the Sixes, in 1908, 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1926 and 1948. Eights are on average 15 metres long. – 8mR website
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