The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8- 13, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States featuring more than two-dozen boats from seven countries. International teams comprised of elite sailors including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists will represent Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years 1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers, and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup competitions from 1958-1983.


The 112 year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects including Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes, Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen and more who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition– the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987).

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Worlds Schedule

2019 12mR World Championship Schedule: July 8 – 13, 2019

Monday, July 8

1200 – 1730:  Registration at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
1700: Support Boat Drivers’ Meeting at Ida Lewis YC
1730: Owners’ /Skippers’ Meeting at Ida Lewis YC
1830: Owners’ / Skippers’ Reception at Ida Lewis YC*
*by invitation only
Ida Lewis Yacht Club, 170 Wellington Ave.

Tuesday, July 9

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1830: Welcome Reception at Gurney’s Newport
Gurney’s Newport, Goat Island

Wednesday,  July 10

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1630:  Nordic Night Post-Racing Social
hosted by: Blue Marlin (K-17), Kiwi Magic (KZ-7) and Legacy (KZ-5)
adjacent to 12mR docks at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dr.

Thursday, July 11

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1500: Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks
at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dr.
1830: 12 MYC Dinner-Dance at Marble House
Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave.

Friday, July 12

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1630:  Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks
at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dr.

Saturday, July 13

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1000: Salute to 12 Metres Parade of Sail
1155: Course Signals*
1200:  First Warning Signal*
1700:  Awards Ceremony at Restoration Hall, IYRS
International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames Street

Sunday, July 14

1500: ITMA Annual General Meeting at 12 Metre Yacht Club
Clarke Cooke House, 3rd floor, 26 Bannister’s Wharf
Owners and ITMA Members ONLY.

*Note difference in time for Course Signals and First Warning on Saturday.

Per Notice of Race: A total of NINE (9) races for each Division are scheduled. FOUR (4) completed races shall constitute a series for each Division. No initial warning signal will be made after 1500 on Saturday, July 13. The warning signal for a start following one or more general recalls or for subsequent starts may be made after 1500.

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IIda Lewis Yacht Clubda Lewis Yacht Club, your host for the 2019 12mR World Championship. Located on the site of the old Newport Lighthouse in Newport Harbor, ILYC was founded in 1928 by Arthur Curtiss James, a past commodore of the New York Yacht Club and owner of some of the great sailing yachts of the early 20th century, including Coronet, one of the largest schooner yachts ever built. Named for Idawalley Zorada Lewis, the famous young woman who served as the keeper of the Lime Rock Light on the southern side of Newport’s inner harbor from 1879 until her death in 1911. Ida became famous for her daring rescues and was officially credited with saving eighteen lives– represented by the 18 stars on ILYC’s burgee.

During the America’s Cup Years, ILYC served as the New York Yacht Club’s Newport station. (Harbour Court, the NYYC clubhouse in Newport was acquired in the late 1980s).

ILYC is a sailing club, whose members include some of the best US yacht racers. Over the years Ida Lewis Yacht Club has hosted numerous National and World Championship events including the annual 12 Metre North American Championship.

Website: Ida Lewis Yacht Club

170 Wellington Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-846-1969

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12 Metre Yacht ClubThe 12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station was formed to provide and facilitate discussion and a social environment for 12 Metre yacht owners and others interested in the history of the 12 Metre Class and encourage continued involvement in preserving, restoring and racing 12 Metre yachts in the Newport area. Based in the famous Clarke Cooke House restaurant, itself an impressive “museum” of 12mR history, is located on Newport’s famous Bannister’s Wharf– home to America’s Cup history.

The 12MYC is the social and promotional arm of the America’s fleet. The 12mR Yacht Club regularly publishes a popular electronic newsletter and the website features information on each of the Newport-based 12mRs.

Website: 12mR Yacht Club

Physical Address:

Clarke Cooke House
24 Bannister’s Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-849-2900
(call for reservations)

Office Address:

7 Warner St.
Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-0112

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New York Yacht ClubNew York Yacht Club, your host for the NYYC’s 175th Anniversary Regatta needs little introduction to yachtsmen around the world. Since its founding in 1844, or the winning of the 100 Guinea Cup (aka the America’s Cup) by NYYC Commodore Steven’s revolutionary yacht America in 1851, the New York Yacht Club has been a prominent player in yacht racing around the World. It has two classic club houses, 44th Street in New York City, with it spectacular model room, and Harbour Court, perched high above and overlooking Newport and Narraganset Bay, welcome many of the best sailors in the world through their doors.

The 12 Metre Class is very pleased to be included among the invited guests to NYYC’s 175th Anniversary Regatta and Party.

Website: New York Yacht Club

5 Halidon Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-846-1000