Eights”, as 8-Metre Class boats are commonly known, are part of an international family of elegant racing keelboats built in conformity with the International Rule, also known as the Metre Rule, which was adopted within Europe in 1907. The most popular classes are the Twelves (adopted for the America’s Cup series from 1958 to 1987), Eights and Sixes. The Daring Class boats, based in Cowes, are a strict one-design version of 5.5-Metre boats and the tiny one-man, one-design Illusion Class boats, raced mainly at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, are based on a 2.4-Metre scaled-down version of the 12-Metre Lionheart.
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