The Metre boat classes extend down well beyond the traditional puppy of the genre, the Six Metre, of which more than 3,000 have been built. An impressive total, which is exceeded by the real minnow of the family, the 2.4 Metre, that today boasts more than 4,000 boats delivered... and so proved irresistible for our champion 5.5 Metre designer Dave Hollom…
The second International Rule of 1920 and the third International Rule of 1933 onwards originally encompassed boats that rated from 4m to 23m. Later an agreement with the USA meant that boats above 14.5m were to be raced under the American Universal Rule devised by Nathaniel Herreshoff while boats of 14.5m or less would still be raced under the International Rule.
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