Members of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, host of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, met at the Clarke Cooke House in Newport, RI on Friday, January 11, 2019 to learn about and volunteer for the event.
Sporting their new 2019 12mR World Championship polos, the Kiwi Magic team looks “fighting fit” and ready to take on the World at Newport this summer! (photo thanks to Johan Blach Petersen)
12 Metre World Championship Set for Newport in July
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (November 6, 2018) – With a little more than eight months to go, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club are gearing up for the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S. at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship. Scheduled for July 8-13, the regatta will host 24 teams from seven countries, and the fleet will include Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, which is the defending 12 Metre World Champion, and five yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-17 Weatherly (1962), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).
“The last 12 Metre World Championship was in Barcelona, Spain in 2014,” said Event Chair Peter Gerard, “so there is some pent-up energy for sure. Over the last two years, there has been an emphasis on developing new teams, training for the worlds and getting these iconic yachts into the best possible condition for competition.”
Making the trip to Newport from overseas are teams from the Northern Europe and Southern Europe Fleets. They will join the Americas Fleet for racing on Rhode Island Sound where a dozen America’s Cup competitions were held for just over five decades. Three of them (between 1930 and ‘37) were contested in the Universal J Class yachts, while nine (between 1958 and ‘83) were held in the 12 Metre yachts that are now famously etched into the “Golden Era” of America’s Cup history.
The 12 Metres are divided into divisions based on when they were built. At the Worlds, eight of the contenders will sail in Grand Prix (for 12 Metres built in 1987, winged keel), seven in Modern (1967-1983), five in Traditional (1958-1966) and four in Vintage (1907-1958). Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional divisions mostly represent 12 Metres built for America’s Cup competition, while the Vintage division represents those built prior to the Cup’s 12 Metre era and when 12 Metres held a place in Olympic history.
Competing 12 Metres (to date):
Grand Prix Division
US-46 America II, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, New York, N.Y.
K-24 Crusader, Richard Matthews/Sally Morton, Ipswich, UK
KZ-7 Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Arhus, Denmark
KA-12 Kookaburra II, Patrizio Bertelli, Rosignano Solvay, Italy
KA-15 Kookaburra III, Maurizio Vecchiola, Morrovalle Macerata, Italy
KZ-5 Laura, Jesper Banks, Denmark
KZ-3 New Zealand, Gunther Buerman, Highland Beach, Fla./Newport, R.I.
(expressing interest: US-42 America II)
KA-10 Challenge XII, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, R.I.
US-32 Clipper, Hugo Stenbeck, Stockholm, Sweden
US-26 Courageous, Ralph Isham/Steve Glascock/Alexander Auersperg/Ward Marsh/Arthur Santry, Newport, R.I.
US-30 Freedom, Charles Robertson, Guilford, Conn.
US-22 Intrepid, Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ontario/New York, N.Y.
K-18 Lionheart, Harry Graves, Grand Isle, Vermont
K-22 Victory ’83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I.
(expressing interest: US-27 Enterprise, US-33 Defender, US-24, Valiant)
US-21 American Eagle, Bob Morton/Cindy DeLotto, Newport, R.I./Edgartown, Mass.
US-16 Columbia, Kevin Hegarty, Boston, Mass.
US-18 Easterner, Scott Bernard, Annapolis, Md.
US-19 Nefertiti, Sears Wullschleger, Sarasota, Fla.
US-17 Weatherly, Jay Schachne, E. Greenwich, R.I.
ROAD TO THE WORLDS AND NEW YORK YACHT CLUB’S 12 METRE JUBILEE
The global ROAD TO THE WORLDS WAYPOINTS Series, which started in 2017, has helped build competition in the Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Americas fleets and culminates with a series winner named at the conclusion of the 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta, scheduled for just prior to the Worlds on July 6-7.
For some extended racing excitement beyond the Worlds, New York Yacht Club has invited the 12 Metre Class to participate in a “12 Metre Jubilee” at its 175th Anniversary Regatta (July 15-20) and compete for a series of historic 12 Metre Trophies.
“It will be a full summer of happenings,” said Gerard, explaining that the last four WAYPOINTS SERIES events* are scheduled for 2019 in New England as tune-ups for the Worlds. “This remarkably large fleet of 12 Metres, known for their historic significance, beauty and grace, will create a spectacle of 12 Metre racing that has not been seen here since the America’s Cup days of old.”
During the Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, most of the fleet will be berthed at Fort Adams where visitors will be able to view the yachts before and after racing. A large on-water spectator fleet is expected, and land-based spectators can catch the fleet sailing to and from racing at vantage points along the shores closest to Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, including Fort Adams, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill.
*2019 WAYPOINTS Series regattas: New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta (June 14-16), Edgartown Yacht Club‘s 12mR Regatta (June 21-23), Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s Newport Trophy Regatta (June 29-30), and the Pre-Worlds hosted by Sail Newport (July 6-7)
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NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (August 22, 2018) – The International Twelve Metre Association is pleased to announce Sevenstar Yacht Transport as the official Logistics Provider for the 2019 12 Metre World Championship scheduled for 8–13 July, 2019 in Newport, R.I., USA.
With interest shown throughout the European 12 Metre fleets, this partnership will enable the 2019 12 Metre World Championships to be a truly international event. “At Sevenstar Yacht Transport we thrive in making the world smaller by providing safe and smooth transports for yachts to their dream locations,” said Head of Racing Yacht Logistics Wouter Verbraak. “Partnering with the 12 Metre Class to transport the European fleet to the 2019 World Championship is perfectly aligned with this goal. We look forward to working together with the teams and making the event a resounding success for all involved.”
According to 12 Metre World Championship Chairman Peter Gerard competitors are expected from Germany, Denmark, Norway, France and Italy. “We are excited about the partnership between Sevenstar Yacht Transport and the 12 Metre Class,” said Gerard. “Sevenstar’s logistical expertise will assist the event organizers in gathering the largest fleet of 12 Metre yachts from around the world since the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001, thereby showcasing the Class’s strength and the competitive nature of the racing.”
About the 2019 12 Metre World Championship and 12 Metre Class:
Scheduled for 8-13 July, the 2019 12 Metre World Championship is expected to draw more than 30 historic 12 Metre yachts, also referred to as “Twelves”. The participating Twelves will come from around the globe and feature Vintage Twelves in addition to America’s Cup-era Traditional, Modern and Grand Prix Twelves.
The 12 Metre is one of the original yacht designs built to comply with the International Rule. The 12 Metres first gained worldwide attention when they were selected for the Olympic Games in 1908, 1912 and 1920. Prior to World War II, they were highly sought-after racer cruisers, both in Europe and America. In the mid-1950s, they were chosen by the New York Yacht Club to replace the giant J-Class yachts for the post-war revival of America’s Cup competition. The 12 Metre Class continued to be synonymous with the America’s Cup competition and Newport (R.I.) until 1983 when the yacht Australia II won the Auld Mug in seven races, ending the 132-year winning streak that is the longest in sporting history.
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