Newport Trophy Regatta for 12 Metres Begins This Weekend

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Newport Trophy Regatta for 12 Metres Begins This Weekend

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 24, 2019) – As an important lead up to the 12 Metre World Championship in July, the Newport Trophy Regatta will take place off Newport, R.I. over the weekend of June 29-30. Hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the 12 Metre-only event provides one of the last formal opportunities for teams to fine-tune skills and also counts toward standings in the global ROAD TO THE WORLDS WAYPOINTS Series, which has helped build competition in the Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Americas Fleets.

“The game is afoot,” said Americas Fleet President and Event Chair for the Worlds Peter Gerard, explaining that points for the WAYPOINTS standings have been accumulating since 2017 and currently show American Eagle (US-21), Challenge XII (KA-10), Courageous (US-26), and Victory ’83 (K-22) – all from the Americas Fleet – in the final hunt for the series trophy, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the 12 Metre World Championship to a single team with the highest overall point score (among all divisions) for the past three seasons. “The Worlds are part of the WAYPOINTS Series as are the 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta (part of Sail Newport’s Newport Regatta, July 6-7) and the New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta, which was held last week. At that latter event, we really got our first glimpse into just how competitive the 12 Metres are going to be on the World Championship stage.”

Left: Challenge XII (KA-10) won the highly competitive Modern Division at the New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta. Right: Modern fleet on the starting line and sailing downwind at the Annual Regatta. (Photos Credit: Stephen R. Cloutier)

At the Annual Regatta, where six of the Modern 12 Metres competed together, Challenge XII, skippered by Jack LeFort (Jamestown, R.I.), won with a three-point lead over Courageous, skippered by Art Santry. Courageous finished second on a tiebreaker with Victory ’83, skippered by owner Dennis Williams, and just one point behind them in fourth place was Enterprise (US-27), which has been chartered by Clay and Nancy Deutsch (Newport, R.I.) for the Worlds and was racing in its current configuration for the first time.

“At almost every finish we were overlapped with one or two or three boats, and there couldn’t have been more than 15 seconds separating first from sixth,” said LeFort, who won two of the four high-breeze races. “All the teams have stepped it up this year, so any boat can win any race. It’s going to be an unbelievable summer of racing…very cool.”

Challenge XII, designed by Ben Lexcen, was commissioned by Alan Bond as a possible Australian challenger for the 1983 America’s Cup. LeFort bought her in 2017, completed most of its renovation two winters ago, and with is current crew has been practicing for the Worlds for three years.

“We love the boat and we want to continue racing it beyond the Worlds,” said LeFort. “The other 12 Metre owners are jazzed to do the same, and the boats are so well restored now, it would be a shame not to keep the enthusiasm and momentum going.”

Clockwise from top left at the Annual Regatta: Clay Deutsch at the helm of Enterprise (US-27), crew work aboard Courageous (US-26), and American Eagle (US-21), Dennis Williams at the helm of Victory ‘83 (K-22) (Photos Credit: Stephen R. Cloutier)

In its first regatta experience, Enterprise turned a shaky beginning into a clear promise that the new kid on the block will be a threat at the Worlds. After an extensive multi-year refit, Enterprise was recently donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Sailing Academy. She splashed only weeks ago when Clay Deutsch, who has won past 12 Metre World Championships with both Weatherly (US-17) in the Traditional division and Freedom (US-30) in the Modern division, took charter possession of her and formed his team of veteran sailors.

At the Annual Regatta, the team broke two jibs and a main on Friday (in the Around the Island Race that is scored separately from the Annual Regatta) and made one mistake after another in Saturday’s single race.

“On Saturday night, we had an ‘exorcism’ by a bonfire where we burned some old stuff and had a group chant; it was pretty spiritual,” laughed Deutsch. “On Sunday there were encouraging signs for sure when we won two races. We were either awfully lucky or it was real progress. The boat is fine; we just need to figure out how to sail it and get that last bit out of her. The learning curve is insane.”

As for the general experience of sailing 12 Metres, Deutsch said, “If you don’t sail the heck out of these boats, they sail you. The physical appeal of the 12 Metres is the feeling of power; everything is heavy and super loaded up. When you get them rumbling it’s like riding bareback on a 747 plane; there is no feeling like it.”

In Traditional Division American Eagle prevailed over its two Traditional counterparts Columbia (US-16) and Nefertiti (US-19), in second and third, respectively. In Grand Prix, New Zealand (KZ-3) won all of its four races to win overall against Kiwi Magic (KZ-7).

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE CLASS
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). www.12mrclass.com

For more information on the Newport Trophy Regatta or the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

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CONTACTS:
Event Chairman
Peter Gerard
pgerard53@gmail.com
+1 214-244-4955

Sponsorship
Manuka Sports
Sam@Manukasem.com
+44 7398-183-957

Media
Media Pro Int’l
Barby MacGowan
Barby.Macgowan@MediaProNewport.com
+1 401-849-0220

International 12 Metre Class
SallyAnne Santos
sallyanne@windlasscreative.com
+1 401-847-0112

They’re Here!

Yesterday (5/30), photographer Stephen R. Cloutier (@BlockIslandSteve) spent the day capturing these exciting images of our three Baltic fleet competitors– Blue Marlin (K-17) Kiwi Magic (KZ-7) and Vema III (N-11) being off-loaded from SevenStar’s SINGELGRACHT at Portsmouth, RI.

 

Decades Later, Champions Return to Claim 12 Metre World Title

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Decades Later, Champions Return to Claim 12 Metre World Title

NEWPORT, RI (May 14, 2019) – When the 12 Metre World Championship comes to Newport, R.I. this summer (July 8-13), it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects 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).

“It’s going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metres – the largest gathering ever in the U.S. – converge in Newport and it becomes clear that they are still being sailed at such a high level,” said Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.), who will serve as tactician aboard Courageous (US-26), an Olin Stephens design that will be helmed by Arthur Santry (Washington, D.C./Newport, R.I.) in the Modern class, for 12 Metres built between 1967 and 1983. (Santry also crewed on the 12 Metre Independence (US-28) in 1977.)

Courageous (US-26) and Intrepid (US-22) both successfully defended the America's Cup twice. (Photo credit: Stephen R. Cloutier)
Courageous (US-26) and Intrepid (US-22) both successfully defended the America’s Cup twice. (Photo credit: Stephen R. Cloutier)

Courageous was the first all-aluminum hulled 12 Metre and the second 12 Metre to successfully defend the America’s Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977. The first 12 Metre, also an Olin Stephens design, was the wooden-hulled Intrepid (US-22), which successfully defended in 1967 and ’70 and will also sail in the Modern Division with skipper Jack Curtin (Toronto, Ontario/New York, N.Y.) at the helm.

Courageous is in the best shape she’s ever been in,” said Jobson, explaining that her benefactors Ralph Isham, Steve Glascock, Alexander Auersperg and Ward Marsh (all Newport, R.I.), who also crew aboard her, lead a syndicate formed 15 years ago to charter the yacht after it was donated to the Museum of Yachting. “There has been some work on her keel, rudder and trim tab over this past winter, and she will be sporting new winches and sails. Our goal is to win every race, but you never know in this division. Otherwise, it’s to be a strong contender, to put on a good show and get better with each race.”

It just so happens Jobson was the tactician on Courageous in 1977 when Ted Turner defeated Alan Bond’s Australia (KA-5) four races to zero in a best-of-seven series. Turner’s America’s Cup victory (his second try) came long before he was a television media mogul, but with his famously quick wit and tell-it-like-it-is character, he was already well on his way to becoming an authentic American sailing hero. Turner plans to return to Newport to watch the Worlds, and he will be pleased to see Jobson and his fellow sailors from that era making Courageous spotlight-worthy again.

Clockwise from left: Arthur Santry at the helm of Courageous (US-26) with Gary Jobson behind him (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative); Gary Jobson and Ted Turner in 1977; the winning Courageous crew in 1977 (Photo credits both: courtesy of Gary Jobson).
Clockwise from left: Arthur Santry at the helm of Courageous (US-26) with Gary Jobson behind him (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative); Gary Jobson and Ted Turner in 1977; the winning Courageous crew in 1977 (Photo credits both: courtesy of Gary Jobson).

Significantly, four others on the Courageous crew of 16 have won the “Auld Mug” at some point in their lives. Jon Wright, who will serve as jib trimmer, sailed on three America’s Cup winners: Courageous in ’74, Freedom (US-30) in ’80 and Stars & Stripes (US-55) in ’87 (he also sailed on Independence in ’77 and Liberty (US-40) in ’83.) LJ Edgcomb, who will serve as navigator, sailed on Courageous in ’74 and ‘77 (he also sailed on Courageous again in ’80). Robbie Doyle will serve as main trimmer, just as he did on Courageous in ’77 (he also sailed on Mariner (US-25) in ’74 and Courageous again in ’80); Stu Argo, who will serve as jib trimmer, sailed on America3 in ’92 (he coached the All Women’s team on America3 in ’95 and raced on Oracle Team USA in 2007).

According to Jack Curtin, who salvaged Intrepid in as a “massive labor of love” after it ran aground on Nantucket, his crew hasn’t changed much from when it was first assembled in 1998, after a two-year complete restoration of the yacht. “I’m most proud that we don’t bring in any rock stars,” said Curtin. “It’s staggering the amount of time people are willing to sacrifice for this summer’s racing schedule, but that’s how strongly everyone feels about each other.”

Among Intrepid’s crew members are two father-son combinations. Travis Pierce, son of starboard trimmer Reggie Pierce (Courageous ‘74, Independence ’77), will work the bow, while Ian O’Brien, son of port trimmer Tom O’Brien (Courageous ’74, Independence ‘77), will work the pit. Other America’s Cup veterans crewing are tactician Scott Perry (Independence ’77) and main trimmer Skip Beck (Clipper (US-32) ‘80).

From left: Jack Curtin, owner of Intrepid (US-22) after an early practice this May in Newport and at the helm during last year’s Newport Trophy. (Photo credits both: Stephen R. Cloutier)
From left: Jack Curtin, owner of Intrepid (US-22) after an early practice this May in Newport and at the helm during last year’s Newport Trophy. (Photo credits both: Stephen R. Cloutier)

“We’ve started practicing already, so we are serious, and we’ve done whatever we thought we could do to make us more competitive,” said Curtin, noting he has now completed major improvements to Intrepid a total of four times (including this year in preparation for the Worlds). He pointed out other American owners such as Dennis Williams, Charles Robertson, Jack LeFort and Gunther Buerman – owners, respectively, of Victory ’83 (K-22), Freedom (US-30), Challenge XII (KA-10) and New Zealand (KZ-3) – who have invested great amounts of money and effort into either restoring or totally rebuilding the magnificent 12 Metres that will be racing in the Worlds.

“In addition to being as beautiful and significant as ever, the fleet is the fastest it has ever been,” said Curtin. “Every boat that’s racing is in better shape than when it first sailed decades ago.”

The 12 Metre World Championship is hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club.

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château d’Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts and North Sails. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois, Trident Studio and Vhernier Milano. Event venue partners are Clarke Cooke House, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport Shipyard, Sail Newport and Seamen’s Church Institute. For more information please visit: https://12mrworlds.com/partners/

A full list of competitors is here: https://12mrworlds.com/2019-competitors/

For more information visit https://12mrworlds.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

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ABOUT THE 2019 12 METRE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8-13 and 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 with at least two dozen boats from seven countries expected. International teams comprised of elite sailors, including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists, will represent such countries as 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. www.12mrworlds.com

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE CLASS

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). www.12mrclass.com

CONTACTS:
Event Chairman
Peter Gerard
pgerard53@gmail.com
+1 214-244-4955

Sponsorship
Manuka Sports
Sam@Manukasem.com
+44 7398-183-957

Media
Media Pro Int’l
Barby MacGowan
Barby.Macgowan@MediaProNewport.com
+1 401-849-0220

International 12 Metre Class
SallyAnne Santos
sallyanne@windlasscreative.com
+1 401-847-0112

Team Photo Gallery

These photos have been provided by Competitors along with completed 2019 12 Metre World Championship Competitor Questionnaire. Don’t see your team here? Please download and complete the Questionnaire and send along with your team photo for inclusion here and in the official 2019 World Championship programme to be published in the July issue of QUEST magazine. Contact SallyAnne with any questions or for assistance. Thank you!

Click any image to view full-size.

Organizing Committee Update: March 2019

Peter GerardA very impressive competitors list is taking shape and details are being confirmed for the 12mR World Championship to be held in Newport from July 8 – 13, 2019– now just under 5 months from today!

By way of this update, we’d like to point out links where the latest event information is (and will continue to be) found as well as to remind you of a number of important items requiring your attention:


Notice of Race Update, 3/4/19

NoR Amendment #1, 3/4/19

Event Registration

Sign-up prior to price increases:

Before April 15: $8600 USD

April 16 – May 31: $9100 USD

After June 1: $9600 USD


12 Metre Requirements

In order to qualify for the World Championship every yacht must be in compliance with the International Twelve Metre Class Rules:

Click the links to renew Memberships and check Certificate status.

Technical Committee

ITMA’s Technical Committee is comprised of Ken McAlpine (Chair), Dyer Jones and Ken Kershaw.

NOTE: Both Ken McAlpine and Dyer Jones will recuse themselves from any measurement issue that has to be determined by the Technical Committee for the Divisions where they have the appearance of a COI because of their relationships with competitors.  For Ken, this would be Vintage (Nyala) and Grand Prix (Kookaburra II), for Dyer this would be Modern (Freedom).

Measurement

The Regatta Technical Committee will be available in the Newport area starting on July 1. During the Measurement Period, from July 1-7, all competing yachts must have their flotation and rig dimensions checked. Sail Inventories will be checked for evidence of previous measurement. Some new sail measurement will be possible as time allows during the Measurement Period, but we strongly recommend that you take care of this as early as possible.

  • You should contact your local fleet measurer to schedule your sail measurement
  • Note: Flotation Checks may be done at any time and at any regatta

Divisions

Per NOR, 3/4/19:
7.1 Yachts will be divided in to the following classes:

Division A: Grand Prix
Division B: Modern
Division C: Traditional
Division D: Vintage (may be combined with Division C for starting purposes)
Division E: Antique (may be combined with Divisions C and D for starting purposes)
12 Metre Spirit (see 7.2 below)

7.2 In order to enable boats built as 12 Metre yachts and their teams that are not currently in compliance with the Class Rules to participate in the World Championship Celebration; at its sole discretion, the Organizing Authority may form an additional starting and scoring group for yachts for which some of the 12 Metre Class Rules are waived.
A. These yachts will not compete within the World Championship.
B. These yachts, while they must have been originally built as a 12 Metre yacht, need not have a current 12 Metre certificate.
C. These yachts must be current members of ITMA, and comply with all the other entry requirements listed in this Notice of Race.
D. These yachts will sail as the 12 Metre Spirit Division, be given their own start and courses, and trophies will be awarded.


Pre-Worlds Schedule & Waypoints Scoring

June 14 – 16, New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta

June 29 – 30, Newport Trophy Regatta hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club

July 6 – 7, Pre-Worlds at Sail Newport Regatta

July 8-13, 12mR World Championship will now also be scored as a Waypoints event


Worlds Schedule

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
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 Resort & Marina
Gurney’s Resort & Marina, Goat Island

Wednesday, July 10

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.

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.


Post-Worlds

Immediately following the 12mR World Championship, the New York Yacht Club is hosting their 175th Anniversary Regatta and 12mR Jubilee, July 15-20. All 12mR yachts have been invited to participate. For additional details and registration, please refer to the New York Yacht Club’s website.


Newport Logistics

Dockage

Dockage is included with your Worlds registration, however you must confirm your reservation with SailNewport, the operator of the Fort Adams marina. If you wish to extend your stay at on the dock beyond 7/14, through the NYYC’s 175th Anniversary Regatta (7/15-7/20) you must book directly with Sail Newport.

Housing:

A number of Innkeepers have reached out to us with interest to host our regatta participants, additional information has been added to the housing page of this site.

Best regards and see you in Newport!

Peter Gerard
2019 12mR Worlds Event Chair ITMA VP America’s Fleet.
12mRAmericasFleet@gmail.com
+1 214 244 4955