Day 5: VIM Crowned 12mR World Champion

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

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Nyländska Jaktklubben

2021 Evli 12 Metre World Championship

VIM Crowned 12mR World Champion;

Hometown Helsinki Team Blue Marlin Captures Second

VIM (US-15) crosses the final finish line to claim the 2021 Evli 12mR World Championship title in Helsinki, FI

HELSINKI, FI (August 21, 2021) – All nine of the Vintage 12mR fleet competing at the 2021 Evli 12mR World Championship returned to the race course this morning after an evening of cooperation between crews to repair damages sustained during Friday’s heavy-weather sailing. A true testament to the durability of Vintage 12mR yachts and of the commitment shown by those who care for and sail these historic racing boats.

Race One today– sixth in the now completed seven-race 2021 Evli 12mR World Championship series hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK –started at 10:05 EEST, south of Isossari Island in 4-6 knots of breeze from the WSW (240 °) and calm seas. Wings (K-15) took an early lead but was passed by Vim (US-15) on the first upwind leg. Blue Marlin (FIN-1) benefited from a wind shift that found her in first place around the weather mark followed by Vim who subsequently overtook her on the downwind leg. Meanwhile Nini Anker (K-14) had gybed to the right side of the course and squeezed out Vim for the first-place finish, Vim and Blue Marlin finished in second and third places respectively.

After completing Race One in a dying breeze, NJK’s Race Committee hoisted the AP flag indicating a delay until sufficient wind was established and the course could be properly adjusted— one final test of patience for the ready-to-race crews.

August 21, Day Five photos by Erik Lähteenmäki |

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Race Two got underway at 13:20 EEST in 8 knots of wind, this final contest now being watched by a fleet of more than 60 spectator boats. The 12mRs did not disappoint; an exciting start and close racing with multiple crossing tacks, gybes and lead changes added to the exciting finale of the epic week-long series. After yesterday’s disappointing breakdown Wings (K-15) redeemed her turbulent week with a first-place finish in the last race, crossing line just ahead of the new 2021 12mR World Champion Vim (US-15).

In the overall standings of the 7 race series (with one toss-out), the top three teams are Vim (US-15) with 8 points, followed by Blue Marlin (FIN-1) with 18 points and Flica II (K-14) in third place with 22 points.

Tonight, the crews will enjoy a lavish gala prize-giving ceremony at Restaurant Pörssi. More information and additional photos will follow with a wrap-up report from Helsinki tomorrow.


2021 12 Metre Worlds
Day 5 (August 21) 2 Races

12mR – Vintage (9  Boats)

1. Vim (US-15), Helmuth Henning, Patrick Howaldt & Ditley Wedell Wedellsborg, Copenhagen, DK: (3) – 1  -1  -1  -1 -2 -2 ;  8

2. Blue Marlin (FIN-1), Henrik Andersin, Kotka, FI: 1 – 4 – 2 – 2 – (RET 10) – 4 -5 ; 18

3. Flica II (K-14), Alexander Falk, Hamburg, DE:  2 – 5 – 5 – 3 – 2  -5 -(6); 22

4. Jenetta (K-1), Thomas Müller, Flensburg, DE: 5 – 2 – 4 – RDG-3.7 – RDG-3.7 – 6 -(7); 24.4

5.  Nini Anker (N-15), Christoph Avenarius, Hamburg, DE: 4 – 6 – 3 – (RET 10)- DNS 10 – 1 – 3;  27

6. Wings of Cowes (K-15), Philipp Skafte-Holm, Copenhagen, DK (with Finnish & Danish crew): 7 – 3 – (RET-10) – DNS 10 – DNS-10 – 3 – 1; 34

7. Vanity V (K-5), Mikael Stelander,  Helsinki, FI:  6 – 7 – 6 – (DSQ 10) – 4 – 7 – 4; 34

8 Vema III (N-11), Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR: (9) – 9 – 7 – 4 – 3 – 8-DNF – 8 ; 40

9. Thea (D-1), Jacob Holst, Copenhagen, DK: 8 – 8 – 8 – 5 (10-DNS) – 8-DNF – 8; 45


Competitors List here

Presenting SponsorEVLI Bank

The 2021 Evli 12 Metre World Championship is presented by EVLI Bank, an investment management firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

Supporting Day Sponsors are: Baltic Yachts, Keisari, Normet, Red Sky Yachts, Roschier, Scandic and Stanton Chase.

Additional Products & Service Providers include: Brandscape, Delicatessen, Fazer, Fiskars Group, Helsinki Helsingfors, Interbrands, Järvikylän, Jouko Lindgren, Kruunu Herkku, NOHO Nordic Hospitality Partners, North Sails, Sassan Ruokakassi, Suomen Jäätelö, Veikko Laine, Villi, and Windlass Creative

More About Our Partners

Founded in 1861, the Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK is Finland’s premier yacht club as well as its oldest registered sports organization. NJK has been the forerunner of Finnish yacht racing culture and has a long history with the Metre Classes. The Clubhouse, located on the beautiful island of Blekholmen is situated in Helsinki’s South Harbour, adjacent to the city center with berths for 125 yachts. NJK accommodates their 2500+ members, berths 440 sailing yachts, 90 dinghies and 374 motorboats at their two main harbours in Helsinki as well as at an additional 10 outstations in the Finnish archipelago, with the most westerly on the Åland Islands.

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).

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

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