Flica II (K-14), The “First” America’s Cup 12mR?

Designed by Laurent Giles to the 12mR Third Rule, Flica II (K-14) was the last yacht built at the 140-year-old W. Fife & Son boatyard when she slid down the rails in 1939. Although she was the last from the famed yard, arguably Flica II (K-14) was the first 12mR built for the modern Americas’ Cup era.

Flica II (K-14) heading to the weather mark. photo by: Kim Weckström
Flica II (K-14) heading to the weather mark. photo by: Kim Weckström

In 1928 Sir Richard Fairey and designer Charles Nicholson had undertaken extensive research and development to create a new 12 Metre Class racing yacht, the result had been the Second Rule Flica (K-16). With Fairey at the helm, her racing success was unparalleled and Flica was considered to be the “best” 12mR of the day.

Hugh Goodson purchased K-16 in 1934 and continued her racing success through 1938. He too had 12mR America’s Cup ambitions when he commissioned Flica II (K-14). She raced in very good company with other 12s designed by the leading J-Class designers of her time including William Fife’s Vanity V (K-5), Alfred Mylne’s Jenetta (K-1), Charles Nicholson’s Tomahawk (K-13) and Olin Stephen’s Vim (US-15). Flica II had the benefit of many design innovations including tank testing, aluminum spars, rudder trim tabs, rod rigging and coffee grinder-style winches.

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Flica II (K-14) crew displaying teamwork at a mark rounding. photo by: Kim Weckström

Finally, in 1958 the New York Yacht Club accepted the first post-War America’s Cup Challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron syndicate led by Hugh Goodson. Flica II (K-14) had been tested against Evaine (K-2) and Sceptre (K-17), but ultimately it was Sceptre that Goodson raced as the first 12mR Challenger versus Olin Stephen’s Columbia (US-16) who successfully defended the America’s Cup that year.

In the intervening years, Flica II has passed between a dozen owners, along the way she won the 12mR Class at Cowes Week in 1958 and the Royal Thames Yacht Club Queen’s Cup in 1961. An engine was installed in 1964 when she was converted to an auxiliary yawl. In 1968 her mast was moved forward; a doghouse and portholes were installed and she cruised as an auxiliary ketch until she disappeared from the Lloyd’s Register in 1978. In 1989, Robert Tiedeman rescued her from abandonment on a Caribbean shore. He salvaged and sold her to Bruno Pozzi who provided a complete restoration at Camper & Nicholson— only the keel, rudder and some original planking remained. From 1993-99, while owned by Stefano and Francesca Tanzi, she enjoyed racing success in the Mediterranean including winning the Coppa Europa in 1995.

Flica II (K-14) racing with Vanity V (K-5). photo by: Kim Weckström
Flica II (K-14) racing with Vanity V (K-5). photo by: Kim Weckström

In 2000, Alexander Falk purchased Flica II and brought her to Hamburg (DE) to join ITMA’s Northern European fleet. She has since been meticulously maintained and continues to compete successfully in both the Baltic and Mediterranean fleets. With her distinctive black hull and sails she is a striking standout in the Vintage division.

This year, Flica II will have another chance to prove herself versus contemporaries Vanity V (K-5), Jenetta (K-1), Vim (US-15) and Blue Marlin (FIN-1) —all of whom she will meet again at the 2021 Evli 12mR World Championship at Helsinki (FN) from August 14-22.

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

12mR Worlds Helsinki Postponed

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

UPDATE: 12mR 2020 HELSINKI WORLDS
RE: POSTPONED TO AUGUST 14-22, 2021
FROM: HENRIK ANDERSIN
DATE: MARCH 31, 2020

Dear registered owners and crews of the 12mrR Worlds 2020,

Due to the worldwide prolonged travel restrictions and curfews caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the organizing committee of the 12mR Worlds 2020 and the International Twelve Metre Association have decided to postpone the event. The organizing yacht club NJK welcome participants on August 14th to 22nd to the Worlds 2021, which will coincide with the 160th anniversary of the club.

All registration fees will be reimbursed. Participants are kindly asked to cancel their hotel reservations as soon as possible. We are sorry for the unfortunate circumstances, but look forward to a great event in 2021.

All the best,

Henrik Andersin

Chairman of the 12mR Worlds organizing committee

12mR Worlds Helsinki Update re: Coronavirus

2020 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

UPDATE: 12mR 2020 HELSINKI WORLDS SCHEDULE 
RE: CORONAVIRUS
FROM: HENRIK ANDERSIN
DATE: MARCH 12TH 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have postponed the deadline for the 6400€ 12 Metre Worlds entry fee from March the 15th to April 30th 2020. All registration and hotel reservation fees will be refundable until then.

We all hope that the outbreak will recede as soon as possible, but in the case of a prolongment, we are in the process of negotiating a postponement of the last hotel reservation cancelation date until May 31st.

We will keep you posted and hope for all the best,

Henrik Andersin, Chairman
12 Metre 2020 World Championship Committee

Nordic’s Largest Ever 12mR Event

2019 12mR European Championship at Marstrand, Sweden by Kim Weckstrom
Vanity V (K-5), Trivia (K-10), Wings (K-15) and Sphinx (G-4) racing at 2019 12mR European Championship, Marstrand, Sweden. photo: Kim Weckström

February 7, 2020: The 2020 12mR World Championship to be held in Helsinki, Finland from August 16th to 23rd is shaping up to be the biggest 12mR event ever seen in the Nordics. Today’s competitor count is lucky 13, comprised of 1 Antique and 12 Vintage yachts sailed by teams from Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Italy.

With all of the top European Vintage 12s racing in Helsinki’s typical 15+ knot winds, this regatta promises to be iconic, exciting and beautiful. To reach the starting line, many will first sail 440 – 550 nautical miles from the Southern Baltic along the eastern coast of Sweden to the Sandhamn Sailing Centre where they will compete in a Worlds Tune-Up Regatta from August 6th-9th. Another 250 nm sailing leg from Sandhamn to Helsinki completes the first half of the 1200 nm total round-trip World’s Championship voyage for most of the sailors. Event organizers have recruited a pool of young volunteer crew to assist with transport of the 12s back to the Baltic.

View updated Competitors List