Ida Lewis Yacht Club, your host for the 2019 12mR World Championship. Located on the site of the old Newport Lighthouse in Newport Harbor, ILYC was founded in 1928 by Arthur Curtiss James, a past commodore of the New York Yacht Club and owner of some of the great sailing yachts of the early 20th century, including Coronet, one of the largest schooner yachts ever built. Named for Idawalley Zorada Lewis, the famous young woman who served as the keeper of the Lime Rock Light on the southern side of Newport’s inner harbor from 1879 until her death in 1911. Ida became famous for her daring rescues and was officially credited with saving eighteen lives– represented by the 18 stars on ILYC’s burgee.
During the America’s Cup Years, ILYC served as the New York Yacht Club’s Newport station. (Harbour Court, the NYYC clubhouse in Newport was acquired in the late 1980s).
ILYC is a sailing club, whose members include some of the best US yacht racers. Over the years Ida Lewis Yacht Club has hosted numerous National and World Championship events including the annual 12 Metre North American Championship.
Website: Ida Lewis Yacht Club
170 Wellington Ave.
Newport, RI 02840