HELSINKI, FN July 1, 2021: Today, the Organizers of the 2021 12mR World Championship, hosted by NJK from August 14th -22nd announced a title partnership with Evli Bank, an investment management firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.
Evli Bank CEO Maunu Lehtimäki said: “Sailing has always been close to our hearts at Evli. We are very happy for the partnership with the organizing club NJK and for the opportunity to be the title sponsor for this unique event. Sail racing represents values that are important for Evli – professionalism, courage, integrity, entrepreneurship and continuous development. Many of our clients are sailing enthusiasts, which is another reason for us to support this very special regatta.”
The 12mR Evli World Championship will be the first time the 12mR Class has held this prestigious regatta in Finland. Regatta Chairman, Henrik Andersin said: “The Organizing Committee is gratified by the great support shown by our local community including more than 20 businesses. With their assistance we are very well prepared to welcome our international guests and share the best of Finland with them on this historic occasion.”
In collaboration with event supporters, the 12mR Worlds Organizing Committee has also today published a comprehensive Sustainability Program for the regatta. It is focused on the maximizing the positive Social and Economic impact on the community while minimizing any adverse Environmental impact of the event.
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.
About Sevenstar Yacht Transport: Sevenstar Yacht Transport was founded in 1985 to serve the North European market. Acquired by Dutch worldwide shipping company the Spliethoff Group in 2000, it expanded to become a worldwide network with offices in the United States, the UK, Australia and Turkey, and agents in Monaco, Germany, Russia and New Zealand.
Today Sevenstar is the world’s leading provider of yacht transportation services on a lift-on, lift-off basis. The company arranges the transport of approximately 2,000 yachts annually and is expanding in the growing economies of Asia, South America and Africa. For more information visit: https://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com/