Vanity V: HSS Commodore Mikael Stelander and 8mR Crew Jump on the 12mR Bandwagon

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Vanity V (K-5) and Flica II (K-14) racing at the European Championship, Marstrand 2019 ~ Photo: Kim Weckström

In addition to the largest-ever gathering of 12mRs in the Nordics, another historic first will be seen at the 2021 Worlds at Helsinki where three competitors will sail under the Finnish flag. And when Vanity V (K-5) skippered by HSS (Helsinki Sailing Society) Commodore Mikael Stelander joins Wings (K-15) and Blue Marlin (FIN-1) on the race course, a classic showdown between local yacht clubs HSS and NJK will be set in motion.

Racing together since 2010, Commodore Stelander’s 8mR Ilderim* team are hopeful that their mR sailing skills will translate successfully when they race Vanity V (K-5) at the 12mR Worlds.

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The Tore Holm 1936 8mR Ilderim (FiN-16), first owned by Marcus Wallenberg Jr., racing at the Helsinki Champagne Regatta 2018 – The extended Ilderim team will be sailing Vanity V during the 12 Metre Worlds in Helsinki 2021 ~ Photo: Toumas Koljonen

Stelander and team are excited to race K-5 at the Worlds and to meet new friends in the 12mR community of sailors. “We had an immediate connection with Vanity V as she is of the same vintage as Ilderim,” said Stelander. “Since we are newcomers to 12mR sailing, we don’t expect to be as competitive as in our 8mR fleet— but we will enjoy every good tack, nailing the layline and any opportunity to pass a fellow 12mR competitor,” he added.

Vanity V (K-5) ~ Photo: Kim Weckström

Vanity V (K-5) was one of the last designs by William Fife III, who was 79 years old when she was launched in 1936. Her first owner, J.R. “Fiddler” Pane was both an accomplished violinist and a successful helmsman who had enjoyed previous success with Vanity (K-1) (1923). A true yachtsman, Pane lived onboard, raced and cruised his boats extensively. By 1938, Vanity V was the only Fife design still active in the Class. Although struggling with poor health, Pane managed to put up a good fight in light and medium winds. Of ten starts he took 1 first, 1 second and 3 thirds, but ultimately it was Trivia (K-10) who prevailed that season.

Following a long racing career in the UK and the Med, Vanity V was completely rebuilt by Guy Ribadeau Dumas while owned by Robert Daral and Jean-Poul Guillet. She finished 6th in the Classic division of the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee at Cowes, England; 5th in the Vintage division of the 2008 12mR Worlds at Flensburg, Germany and won the 12mR America’s Cup Regatta at Valencia, Spain in 2007.

Vanity V (K-5) Crew, 2021 12mR World Championship:

Mikael Stelander (Syndicate lead)
Jusku Mikkonen
Staffan Tallqvist
Tuomo Meretniemi
Pekka Raatikainen
John Björkbom
Juha Tolsa
Jukka Halminen
Jussi Sorsimo
Kari Loukola
Masa Anttila
Mikko Uusitalo
Panu Toppinen
Tommi Uksila
Jens Zachariassen

*Ilderim (FIN-16), is a famous Tore Holm design that debuted at the 1936 Olympic Games in Kiel. Although she was slated for a podium position, she was disqualified on controversial grounds by the German hosts. Since that time, her owners and crews have enjoyed many successful racing seasons.

Safety First Accommodations at Scandic Helsinki

Scandic HotelsAccommodation arrangements will be centralized at Scandic Hotels in Helsinki during the 2021 12mR Worlds to ensure maximum safety for crews, friends and family. We expect that the pandemic restrictions will be minimal by the 10th of August but are preparing for all contingencies. For the eventuality of continued restrictions Scandic will provide crew “bubbles” with physically distanced living quarters, dining and transportation.

We have reserved a total of 300 beds in two Scandic Hotels close to the Worlds venue:

Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki Scandic Grand Marina
Double rooms
135 euro per room including breakfast

Scandic Park HelsinkiScandic Park
Quad rooms
175 euro per room including breakfast

Please address your enquiries to, and make your reservations with Niklas Saxen from the 12 Metre Worlds Committee before April 30th. After this date, registrations can be made only directly with the hotels, subjected to availability.

We will keep you informed with new developments in regulations and restrictions and urge you to make your reservations soon as possible. Reservations can be cancelled up until June 15th 2021.

Further info about Scandic safety policies here.

Niklas Saxen
2021 12mR World Championship Organizing Committee

2021 12mR Worlds Regatta Update

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

FROM: HENRIK ANDERSIN
TO: 2021 12mR WORLDS COMPETITORS
DATE: March 16, 2021

Dear 12 Metre Sailors,

The 2021 12mR World Championship, organized by NJK will be held as planned on August 14th-22nd in Helsinki, Finland. At this time fifteen 12mRs (14 Vintage and 1 Antique) have registered for the event. You may view currently registered yachts and enter here.

The core Championship will consist of a 12mR Worlds sailing regatta only. Registration fees have been adjusted accordingly to reflect a reduction in social activities. You may view the updated Notice of Race with adjusted fees here.

Registrations for the 2021 12mR World Championship Social Program:

In the case of eliminated or reduced pandemic-related restrictions, we have planned an extensive program of social events. We certainly hope that this will be the case and will announce details as circumstances develop, likely in late May – early June, 2021.

I hope that you all stay safe and healthy,

Henrik Andersin, Chairman
2021 12mR World Championship Organizing Committee


Finnish institute for health and welfare

World Health OrganizationCovid-19 update March 2021: Organizing Committee will follow WHO recommendations

The 2021 12mR World Championship Committee, together with all organizing parties,will do the utmost to ensure a safe event for everyone. We will manage and assess the health risks according to the instructions for sport events, issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the instructions and recommendations stated by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). As we do not yet know what the pandemic status will be in August, we will follow the change of situation closely and keep you updated. Official travel restrictions and Covid-19 test policies, are found here. Please do not hesitate to contact Johanna Catani, if you have any enquiries.

Johanna Catani
Social Responsibility

Vintage 12s Sail 1000+ nm to Finland for 2021 Worlds

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

Vintage 12mRs to Embark Upon Epic Baltic Sea Voyage to Helsinki for 2021 12mR World Championship

The Baltic Vintage fleet sailing to weather at the 2019 12mR European Championship at Marstrand. ~ Kim Weckström photo
The Baltic Vintage fleet sailing to weather at the 2019 12mR European Championship at Marstrand. ~ Kim Weckström photo

In an historic first, a large fleet of Vintage 12mR yachts will sail upwards of 1000 nautical miles to compete at the 12mR World Championship in Helsinki, Finland from August 14- 22, 2021.

1300 Nm Baltic Sea Voyage from Flensburg to Helsinki
1300 Nm Baltic Sea Voyage from Flensburg to Helsinki

Hosted by Finland’s premiere yacht club Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK, at least a dozen 12mRs are expected to arrive on their own keels from Germany, Denmark and Sweden to join Finland’s Blue Marlin (FIN-1) and challenge Italy’s reigning World Champion, Nyala (US-12).

Many of the yachts will depart in company from Flensburg, Germany in mid-July for the journey of more than 1300 nautical miles through the waters of Denmark and Sweden where elaborate pre-Worlds events are planned at Stockholm and Sandhamn. (Additional events will be held en route where pandemic restrictions permit.)

With fifteen yachts registered to date, the 2021 World Championship is slated to be the biggest 12mR event ever held in the Nordics. Finland’s first pre-war 12mR – Blue Marlin (FIN-1), owned by Henrik Andersin, was the inspiration for bringing the event to Helsinki, where NJK is concurrently celebrating the club’s 160th Anniversary. “Little did I know that when I relaunched Blue Marlin in 2014 that I would be racing 14 of her kind in my home waters just a few years later. This means a great deal to me personally,” said Andersin who has been instrumental in planning the Worlds as Event Chairman. “We now have the beginnings of a 3-boat strong local fleet as both Wings (K-15) and Vanity V (K-5) will also race under the Finnish flag.

The Championship in Finland will be preceded by regattas in Denmark, Germany and the Worlds Tune-Up at the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. While there are still uncertainties about pandemic restrictions, the core Helsinki Championship will consist only of sailing. Current registration fees reflect the absence of social activities. However, the Worlds Committee has an extensive program of social events planned which will be announced as circumstances allow.

2021 Sailing Schedule to 12mR Worlds Tune-Up (Sandhamn) & 12mR Worlds (Helsinki)

Country From Dep To Arrival Nm
Denmark Skovshoved/Copenhagen July 16 Svaneke July 17 108
Denmark Svaneke/Bornholm July 20 Karlskrona July 20 65
Sweden Karlskrona July 22 Kalmar July 22 66
Sweden Kalmar July 24 Visby July 24 93
Sweden Visby July 28 Saltsjöbaden/Skärgård July 28 110
Sweden Saltsjöbaden/Skärgård Aug 1 Stockholm Aug 1 15
Sweden Stockholm Aug 3 Saltsjöbaden Aug 3 15
Sweden Saltsjöbaden Aug 4 Sandhamn Aug 4 25
Sweden Sandhamn Aug 8 Hanko Aug 9 130
Finland Hanko Aug 10 Helsinki Aug 10 70
Finland Helsinki Aug 23 Visby Aug 24 165
Sweden Visby Aug 26 Simrishamn/Ystad Aug 27 200
Denmark Simrishamn/Ystad Aug 28 Skovshoved (Falsterbro) Aug 29 80
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Safe Accommodations Now Available

Pandemic precautions have also been taken in the accommodation arrangements for sailors and guests. Helsinki’s Scandic Hotels have partnered with the 12mR Worlds to provide crew-specific bubbles in their facilities, with rooms, breakfasts and transports based on distancing measures. For accommodation enquiries, please contact Niklas Saxén. (Pricing, booking details and Covid-19 policies will be published shortly.)

Experienced Sailors Volunteer for Transport

The European Champion Vim (US-15) crew, headed by Patrick Howaldt, at the podium in Marstrand, Sweden 2019
The European Champion Vim (US-15) crew, headed by Patrick Howaldt, at the podium in Marstrand, Sweden 2019 ~ Kim Weckström photo

Sailing the yachts to and from Finland from their home ports in Sweden, Denmark and Germany will be demanding transfers of 9-13 full sailing day equivalents. Worlds Organizers and the Northern European 12mR fleet have compiled a list of volunteer transport crew comprised of 50+ experienced from Finland, Sweden, Germany and elsewhere who have expressed a strong interest in the 12mR Class. Committee member Torkel Tallqvist said “Save the strength of your crew for the Worlds and make use of our volunteers for the transfers– you may meet new crew members or even potential future 12mR owners.” For transport crew enquiries please contact Torkel Tallqvist or Christoffer Rothe.

Expected 2021 12mR World Championship Competitors

DENMARK:
Thea (D-1)
Vim (US-15) reigning European 12mR Champion

FINLAND:
Blue Marlin (FIN-1)
Vanity V (K-5), chartered by Finnish syndicate
Wings of Coves (K-15), with Finnish & Danish crew

GERMANY:
Anita (G-2)
Flica II (K-14)
Heti (E-3)*
Jenetta (K-1)
Nini Anker (N-15), former Siesta
Sphinx (G-4)
Trivia (K-10)

ITALY:
Nyala (US-12), reigning 12mR World Champion

NORWAY:
Vema III (N-11)

Official 2021 12mR World Championship Entry List
*All yachts will race in the 12mR Vintage Division except Heti (E-3) sailing in the 12mR Antique Division.

2021 12mR Worlds Regatta Update

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

FROM: HENRIK ANDERSIN
TO: 2021 12mR WORLDS COMPETITORS
DATE: October 14, 2020

 

Dear 12 Metre Sailors,

The 2021 12mR World Championship, organized by NJK will be held on August 14th-22nd in Helsinki, Finland. At this time, we are proactively planning for the possibility that continued pandemic restrictions may limit the scope of our events. Therefore, the core Championship will consist of a 12mR Worlds sailing regatta only. Registration fees will be adjusted accordingly to reflect a reduction in social activities.

Registration for the 2021 12mR World Championship Regatta:

For those who have already registered for the 2020 event, re-registration is not required. Please review your current registration. New entries should register here. The updated Notice of Race with adjusted fees, and a new registration link will soon follow.

Registrations for the 2021 12mR World Championship Social Program:

In the case of eliminated or reduced pandemic-related restrictions, we are also planning a more extensive program of social events. We certainly hope that this will be the case and will announce details as circumstances develop, likely in mid-late spring 2021.

The 2021 12mR World Championship Committee will provided additional information re: new lower registration fees, accommodation alternatives and other event-related information in the near future. In the meantime…

I hope that you all stay safe and healthy,

Henrik Andersin, Chairman
2021 12mR World Championship Organizing Committee