Lead Changes in Three Divisions on Day Two

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12 Metre World Championship:
Lead Changes in Three Divisions on Day Two

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 10, 2019) – Last night at Gurney’s Marina and Resort, 400 hundred sailors representing six countries, joined sponsors and race organizers at the elegantly-staged Welcome Reception for the12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. Today, the same sailors took to the waters of Rhode Island Sound for their second day of racing in a five-day, nine race series that has the eyes of all the sailing world trained upon it.

A postponement on the water pushed a scheduled 11 a.m. start back to 1:15, but it was worth the wait when a barely-there breeze picked up to 8-12 knots. Each of five divisions sailed two races to add to their two-race score line from yesterday, and new leaders emerged in three divisions.

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Columbia (US-16) at the 12 Metre Worlds on Day Two. (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

In Vintage Division, Nyala (US-12), the second of two Italian teams fielded by Luna Rossa Syndicate head Patrizio Bertelli (the other isKookaburra II (KA-12) in Grand Prix Division), replaced Onawa (US-6) at the top of the scoreboard by posting two bullets in each of the twice-around windward/leeward races. Skippered by Mauro Pelaschier, Nyala won last weekend’s 12 Metre Pre-Worlds.

In Modern Division, Challenge XII (KA-10), skippered by Jack LeFort of Jamestown, R.I., also won both races to finish ahead of yesterday’s leader Courageous (US-26) in cumulative standings, while in Traditional Division Columbia (US-16), helmed by owner Kevin Hegarty of Newport, R.I. and skippered by Anthony Chiurco of Princeton, N.J. finished with a slim lead over American Eagle(US-21); only one point separates them going into tomorrow’s racing.

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Challenge XII (KA-10) at the 12 Metre Worlds on Day Two. (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

“It’s the closest racing we’ve had in a long time,” said Hegarty. “In the first race we edged out American Eagle by only one boat length at the finish.” Hegarty was project manager for a refit on Columbia in 2001, then served as captain of her for six years before he bought her because he loved her so much. “I consider myself not so much her owner as her caretaker,” he said. “She’ll be around a lot longer than me. I’ve been sailing in Newport a long time and I’ve never seen anything like what was out there today; I wish I was on a spectator boat to see the beauty of these boats all together.”

Legacy (KZ-5), helmed by Thomas Andersen with fellow Dane Jesper Bank serving as tactician, continued to dominate today and has a perfect score line going into tomorrow, but with five races to go, second-place New Zealand (KZ-3) has a chance to catch her.

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Welcome Reception for the 12 Metre World Championship at Gurney’s Marina and Resort. Top right: Skippers from 22 boats gather for a photo opportunity with Newport Mayor Jamie Bova and Ida Lewis Yacht Club Commodore, Dan Faria. (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

In 12 Metre Spirit Division, America II (US-46), skippered by Michael Fortenbaugh of Jersey City, N.J. remains the leader over its single opponent America II (US-42). Both boats are from the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, also based in Jersey City, and are raced by members of the Manhattan Sailing Club.

 “We’re just amateurs,” said Fortenbaugh, “and we thought it would be better for everybody if we could match race, so we wouldn’t interfere with anyone. We consider ourselves as good guests.”

Fortenbaugh also reflected on the significance of the fleet that sailed today. “The reason we acquired these boats is because we think this class is the most important class in American yachting history, and we want to preserve these boats for the next generation.”

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(results below)

2019 12 Metre Worlds
Day Two (July 10)

12mR – Grand Prix (4 Boats)
1. Legacy, Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank, Munkebo, Fyn, Den – 1 -1 -1 -1 ; 4
2. New Zealand, Gunther & Maggie Buerman, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -2 -2 -2 ; 8
3. Kookaburra II, Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA – 3 -3 -3 -3 ; 12
4. Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN – 4 -4 -4 -4 ; 16

12mR – Modern (8 Boats)
1. Challenge XII, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA – 1 -2 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Courageous, Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -2 -4 ; 9
3. Enterprise, Clayton & Nancy Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA – 3 -4 -3 -3 ; 13
4. Victory ’83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL, USA – 4 -6 -4 -2 ; 16
5. Intrepid, Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ont, CAN – 6 -3 -5 -6 ; 20
6. Freedom, Charles Robertson, Guilford, CT, USA – 5 -5 -6 -5 ; 21
7. Defender, Dick Enersen, San Rafael, CA, USA – 7 -7 -7 -7 ; 28
8. Lionheart, Harry Graves, Grand Isle, VT, USA – 8 -8 -8 -8 ; 32

12mR – Traditional (4 Boats)
1. Columbia, Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco , Newport, RI, USA – 1 -2 -2 -1 ; 6
2. American Eagle, Eagle 2019 Syndicate , Middletown, RI, USA – 2 -1 -1 -3 ; 7
3. Nefertiti, Jon Sears Wullschleger , Sarasota, FL, USA – 3 -3 -3 -2 ; 11
4. Easterner, Scott Bernard , Annapolis, MD, USA – 5 -5 -5 -5 ; 20

12mR – Vintage (4 Boats)
1. Nyala, Mauro Pelaschier / Patrizio Bertell , Arezzo, ITA – 1 -2 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Onawa, Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -3 -2 ; 8
3. Blue Marlin, Henrik Andersin, Kauniainen, Uusimaa, FIN – 3 -3 -2 -3 ; 11
4. Vema III, Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR – 4 -4 -4 -4 ; 16

12mR- Spirit (2 Boats)
1. America II, Michael Fortenbaugh, Jersey City, NJ, USA – 1 -2 -1 -2 ; 6
2. America II, Scott Curtis, New York, NY, USA – 3 -1 -2 -1 ; 7

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château d’Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts, North Sails and Vhernier Milano. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Code Zero, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Quantum Sails, Robbe & Berking Classics, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois and Trident Studio. 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/

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 Pre-Worlds Regatta or the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

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And They’re Off!

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12 Metre World Championship: And They’re Off!

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 2019) – After a postponement ashore and then on the water this morning, a light breeze filled in nicely for the most part of two races on Rhode Island Sound at the 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. The five-day event started today amidst much anticipation and excitement for the spectacle of such a large gathering of 12 Metres on one stage. Racing were 21 of the historic yachts, with many of those having once sailed in America’s Cup competitions here in Newport from 1958-1983 (Modern and Traditional Divisions); some having been built with winged keels specifically for the 1987 Cup (Grand Prix Division); and some dating as far back as the 1920s (Vintage Division). A 12 Metre Spirit Division also sailed.

Today’s first race, on a twice-around windward/leeward course of nearly 7 miles, was completed in 9-11 knots, but during the second race, sailed in a similar manner, the wind died enough so that the Race Committee felt it prudent to shorten course.

Courageous (US-26), topped the Modern Division on a tiebreaker with Challenge XII (KA-10), and did so even after a premature start in the second race. Famous for being one of just two 12 Metres to have won the America’s Cup twice (1974 and 1977), Courageous is owned by a Newport syndicate comprised of Ralph Isham, Steve Glascock, Alexander Auersperg and Ward Marsh and skippered by Arthur Santry. Gary Jobson, who won the ’77 Cup aboard Courageous as tactician for Ted Turner, is filling the same role at the Worlds and today had some interesting decisions to make.

Courageous (US-26) at the 12 Metre Worlds
Courageous (US-26) at the 12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

“The good news is everybody had a good attitude; no one got down when we were over the line early,” said Jobson. “It was a day of picking wind shifts, and we got some good ones. We passed a couple of boats on each leg to win.”

Isham, who sails on the boat with the other syndicate members, said it helped to be behind to see what was happening to others. “With the shifts it could have been anybody’s day, but Jobson made some great decisions and got us right back into the race. In the first race on the upwind leg we couldn’t separate ourselves from Challenge XII and Victory ’83 (K-22). We finally got around Victory ‘83, but Challenge XII won by 25 seconds”

The Danish team aboard Legacy (KZ-5), skippered by Thomas Andersen, won both its races today in Grand Prix Division.

 Legacy (KZ-5) at the 12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)
Legacy (KZ-5) at the 12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

“It definitely was not easy,” said Legacy’s tactician Jesper Bank. “In the first race we were leading around the marks but not by much. In the second race we were with New Zealand (KZ-3) and Kiwi Magic (KZ-7) on the left and Kookaburra II (KA-12) was on the right, so we knew early on that we needed to win the group on the left. We were the first boat to come in from the left but Kookaburra II was slightly ahead. Then we took advantage of a massive wind shift on the downwind leg. When the wind died on the second beat and the Race Committee finished us at the top mark, we were lucky enough to be leading.”

American Eagle (US-21) topped the Traditional class while Onawa (US-6) and America II (US-42) won the Vintage Division and 12 Metre Spirit Division, respectively.

12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)
12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

In reflecting on the overall picture, Gary Jobson said, “It’s two races down and seven to go, but the coolest thing is having all these 12 Metres sailing together. It’s the biggest thing in the U.S. in sailing this summer.”

With tomorrow’s forecast, the races are expected to run on time, with the first starting signal scheduled for 11 a.m.

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(results below)

2019 12 Metre Worlds
Day One (July 9)

12mR – Grand Prix (4 Boats)
1. Legacy, Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank, Munkebo, Fyn, den – 1 -1 ; 2
2. New Zealand, Gunther & Maggie Buerman, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -2 ; 4
3. Kookaburra II, Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA – 3 -3 ; 6
4. Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN – 4 -4 ; 8

12mR – Modern (8 Boats)
1. Courageous, Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Challenge 12, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA – 1 -2 ; 3
3. Enterprise, Clay & Nancy Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA – 3 -4 ; 7
4. Intrepid, Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ont, CAN – 6 -3 ; 9
5. Victory ’83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL, USA – 4 -6 ; 10
6. Freedom, Charles Robertson, Guilford, CT, USA – 5 -5 ; 10
7. Defender, Dick Enerson, San Rafael, CA, USA – 7 -7 ; 14
8. Lionheart, Harry Graves, Grand Isle, VT, USA – 8 -8 ; 16

12mR – Traditional (3 Boats)
1. American Eagle, Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Columbia, Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco, Newport, RI, USA – 1 -2 ; 3
3. Nefertiti, Jon Sears Wullschleger, Sarasota, FL, USA – 3 -3 ; 6

12mR – Vintage (4 Boats)
1. Onawa, Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Nyala, Mauro Pelaschier / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA – 1 -2 ; 3
3. Blue Marlin, Henrik Andersin, Kauniainen, Uusimaa, FIN – 3 -3 ; 6
4. Vema III, Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR – 4 -4 ; 8

12mR- Spirit (2 Boats)
1. America II, Michael Fortenbaugh, Jersey City, NJ, USA – 1 -2 ; 3
2. America II, Scott Curtis, New York, NY, USA – 3 -1 ; 4

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château d’Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts, North Sails and Vhernier Milano. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Code Zero, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Quantum Sails, Robbe & Berking Classics, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois and Trident Studio. 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/

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 Pre-Worlds Regatta or the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. #12MetreWorlds2019, @12mRWorldChampionship

Ida Lewis Yacht Club during the 12 Metre Worlds
Ida Lewis Yacht Club during the 12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

 

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Peter Gerard
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12 Metre Pre-Worlds: Last Blast Before the World Championship

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12 Metre Pre-Worlds: Last Blast Before the World Championship

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 2019) – In preparation for next week’s 12 Metre World Championship (July 8-13) in Newport, R.I., a fleet of 16 12 Metres competed in Sail Newport’s annual Newport Regatta and counted it as their official 12 Metre Pre-Worlds.  After five races over two days (July 6-7), New Zealand (KZ-3), Victory ’83, (K-22) Columbia (US-16) and Nyala (US-12) became the names to beat, winning their respective divisions, but not without a fight. This regatta foreshadowed the intense competition to come when 22 of these yachts – considered some of the most iconic in the history of sailboat design and spanning the decades between the 1920s and 1980s – compete at the Worlds.

“It was unprecedented and awesome to see so many 12 Metres together on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound (where they sailed, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday),” said 12 Metre Worlds Event Chair Peter Gerard, “And it will be even more spectacular next week when another six 12 Metres join the racing, making it the largest gathering of 12 Metres since the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee.”

Victory ‘83 (KA-22), winner in Modern Division at the 12 Metre Pre-Worlds, part of Sail Newport’s Newport Regatta. (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

The 12 Metres, most famous as America’s Cup boats but also with ties to the Olympics in the early 1900s, are divided into divisions based mainly on when they were built. They are Grand Prix (for 12 Metres built between 1983 and 1987 with winged keels), Modern (1967-1983), Traditional (1958-1964) and Vintage (1907-1958).

After two firsts and a second on Saturday, Dennis Williams’ Victory ‘83 (K-22) had four points on Enterprise (US-27) going into Sunday’s Modern Division racing. “We just wanted to sail the racecourse as fast as we could,” said Williams, who won Sunday’s first race by 20 boat lengths or so and “never looked back” after establishing an early lead on the eight-mile twice-around windward-leeward course. “In the second race, a start near the pin end didn’t really work for us; we got pinned out by Intrepid (US-22) and couldn’t sail the course we wanted to sail. We finally got free and ended up second but took a penalty (2 points) for fouling Challenge XII (KA-10) at the weather mark.

“If you make a mistake you get shot out the back; it’s pretty simple,” said Williams. “You can’t find big boat around-the-buoys racing like this anywhere else. There’s lots of very close competition, and the boats are technically challenging; it’s really a lot of fun.  We hope we can go out and show our competitors the way around the course next week!”

Nyala (US-12)
Nyala (US-12), winner in Vintage Division at the 12 Metre Pre-Worlds, part of Sail Newport’s Newport Regatta. (Photo Credit: Ian Roman)

Nyala (US-12) won all of its races in the Vintage Division, but skipper Mauro Pelaschier said he will have to concentrate to stay ahead of the rest next week. The last time he sailed in Newport was 36 years ago (1983) when he was helmsman for Azzurra (I-4), the first Italian challenger for the America’s Cup. “I’m really happy to be back in Newport where I started my professional sailing life,” said Pelaschier, who has also sailed in three Olympic Games. “My crew is all from Azzurra, too, so we are not only a vintage boat but also a vintage crew,” laughed Pelaschier. “We have sailed together in many regattas, so we always learn, learn, learn. Our boat is competitive for sure, and the crew is ready.”

New Zealand (KZ-3) with Max Buerman at the helm, edged out Kookaburra (KA-12), steered by Torben Grael in Grand Prix Division, while Columbia (US-16) won Traditional Division over American Eagle (US-21).

In ROAD TO THE WORLDS Waypoints Series Standings, the point spread is close: Courageous (US-26) is leading with 87 points, while Victory ’83 (K-22) is close behind with 84 points. They are followed by American Eagle (US-21) and Challenge XII (KA-10), each with 82 points.

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(results below)

2019 Newport Regatta
Results for 12 Metre Pre-World Regatta

Grand Prix (One Design – 4 Boats)
1. New Zealand (KZ-3), Gunther and Maggie Buerman, Highland Beach, FL/Newport, RI, USA – 1 -3 -1 -1 -1 ; 7
2. Kookaburra II (KA-12), Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli , Arezzo, ITA – 2 -1 -2 -2 -2 ; 9
3. Legacy (KZ-5), Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank, Munkebo, Fyn, DEN – 3 -2 -3 -3 -3 ; 14
4. Kiwi Magic (KZ-7), Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN – 4 -4 -4 -4 -4 ; 20

Modern (One Design – 7 Boats)
1. Victory ’83 (K-22), Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL/Newport, RI, USA – 1 -2 -1 -1 -4 ; 9
2. Enterprise (US-27), Clay and Nancy Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -4 -3 -1 ; 11
3. Courageous (US-26), Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh / Arthur Santry, Newport, RI – 3 -5 -3 -2 -3 ; 16
4. Intrepid (US-22), Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ont, CAN – 6 -4 -2 -6 -6 ; 24
5. Freedom (US-30), Charles Robertson, Guilford, CT, USA – 5 -5 -5 -5 -5 ; 25
6.
 Challenge XII (KA-10) Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA – 4 -9 -9 -4 -4 ; 30
7. Defender (US-33), Tom Webster, Hilton Head, SC and Dick Enersen, San Rafael, CA, USA – 7 -6 -9 -7 -7 ; 36

Traditional (2 Boats)
1. Columbia (US-16), Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -2 -1 -1 ; 7
2. American Eagle (US-21), Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA – 1 -2 -1 -2 -2 ; 8

Vintage (3 Boats)
1. Nyala (US-12), Mauro Pelaschier / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA – 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Blue Marlin (FIN-1), Henrik Andersin, Kaunianen, FIN – 2 -2 -2 -2 -2 ; 10
3. Onawa (US-6), Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson, Newport, RI, USA – 4 -3 -3 -3 -3 ; 16

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château d’Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts, North Sails and Vhernier Milano. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Code Zero, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Quantum Sails, Robbe & Berking Classics, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois and Trident Studio. 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/

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 Pre-Worlds Regatta or the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. #12MetreWorlds2019, @12mRWorldChampionship

 

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

Newport Trophy Regatta Showdown

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Newport Trophy Regatta Showdown won by Columbia, Challenge XII and New Zealand

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 30 2019) – The Newport Trophy Regatta hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and held this weekend (June 29-30) for ten 12 Metres, gave a sneak preview of the intense racing to come in July’s 12 Metre World Championship, where 21 of the historic boats will compete. The regatta was started by Ida Lewis Yacht Club during Newport’s America’s Cup days as a fleet-racing competition for all eliminated would-be defenders and challengers for the America’s Cup. The event has been held annually since, typically hosting the 12 Metres in the Americas fleet that make Newport their home.

This year’s regatta was comprised of three ‘round-the-buoy races – held on Saturday in medium air and lumpy wave conditions on Rhode Island Sound – followed on Sunday by a race around Conanicut Island that was part of the International Yacht and Athletic Club’s Newport Cup regatta.

Team Columbia, Newport Trophy Prize Giving
The team of Traditional Division winner Columbia (US-16) at the Newport Trophy Regatta Prizegiving at Ida Lewis Yacht Club. The team also won overall honors in the IYAC Newport Cup. (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos)

Columbia (US-16) won its Traditional Division in a tie-breaker over American Eagle (US-21) but also won the IYAC Newport Cup overall when it was dual-scored for that race under PHRF handicap. Columbia has been chartered for the Worlds by Anthony Chiurco (Princeton, N.J.) who helmed the boat while owner Kevin Hegarty (Newport, R.I.) and his crew of 15 years sailed it. “Columbia is faster now than she has ever been,” said Hegerty. “Every year we tweak her to make her quicker, and we’ve done a few things this year to really step it up.

In the knife fight that was the Modern Division competition, Jack LeFort’s (Jamestown, R.I.) Challenge XII (KA-10) led by only two points over Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I.) Victory ’83 (K-22)Challenge XII and Victory ’83 both won two races in their series. (Victory counted the around-the-island race as one of its two.)

The team of Modern Division winner Challenge XII (KA-10) at the Newport Trophy Regatta Prizegiving at Ida Lewis Yacht Club. (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos)
The team of Modern Division winner Challenge XII (KA-10) at the Newport Trophy Regatta Prizegiving at Ida Lewis Yacht Club. (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos)

Johan Black Petersen’s Kiwi Magic (KZ-7), here for the Worlds from Denmark, joined Gunther Buerman’s (Highland Beach, Fla./Newport, R.I.) New Zealand (KZ-3) for Saturday’s races in Grand Prix Division while Legacy (KZ-5), chartered by Danes Jesper Bank and Thomas Anderson for the Worlds, made a last-minute decision to sail in the around-the-island race. New Zealand, which won the division, won all the buoy races but succumbed to Legacy in Sunday’s race, finishing second to Legacy’s first.

 

 

Brad Read, tactician for New Zealand (KZ-3) accepts the first-place trophy for Grand Prix Division. (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos)
Brad Read, tactician for New Zealand (KZ-3) accepts the first-place trophy for Grand Prix Division.
(Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos)

“It was great to have three of the ‘plastic fantastics’ out there, and today showed that the boat handling of all three was phenomenal” said New Zealand’s tactician Brad Read, adding that a total of four Grand Prix Division 12 Metres will sail at the Worlds. “In general, it’s really amazing that you have these boats from so many generations competing 30 to 50 years after they were originally built. We’re just so fortunate that we have these great weapons to go sailing on.”

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Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
12m – Grand Prix (One Design – 3 Boats)
1. New Zealand, Gunther Buerman, Highland Beach, FL/Newport, RI, USA – 1 -1 -1 -2; 5
2. Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN – 2 -2 -2 -4; 10
3. Legacy, Jesper Bank / Thomas Anderson, Munkebo Fyn, DEN – 4 -4 -4 -1; 1312m – Modern (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Challenge 12, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA – 2 -1 -1 -2; 6
2. Victory 83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL./Newport, RI, USA – 1 -4 -2 -1; 8
3. Courageous, Ralph Isham / Alexander Auersperg / Arthur Santry, Newport, RI, USA – 5 -2 -3 -3; 1312m – Traditional (One Design – 2 Boats)
1. Columbia, Anthony Chiurco / Kevin Hegarty, Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -2 -1; 6
2. American Eagle, Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA – 1 -2 -1 -2; 6

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Château d’Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney’s Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts, North Sails and Vhernier Milano. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Code Zero, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Quantum Sails, Robbe & Berking Classics, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Stella Artois and Trident Studio. 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/

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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Peter Gerard
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Sponsorship
Manuka Sports
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+44 7398-183-957

Media
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sallyanne@windlasscreative.com
+1 401-847-0112

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.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. #12mRWorldChampionship, @12mRWorldChampionship

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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