Raised from the depths, Jenetta is poised to continue her ascent to the 2021 12mR Worlds podium

Jenetta (K-1) boasts the longest waterline in the 12mR Vintage fleet. photo: Robbe & Berking
Jenetta (K-1) boasts the longest waterline in the Vintage fleet. photo: Robbe & Berking

From the drafting table of renowned Scots naval architect Alfred Mylne and launched in 1939, Jenetta (K-1), design #395 was one of four 12mRs commissioned by Sir William Burton. An accomplished gentleman sailor and president of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU, now World Sailing), Burton had served as helmsman on Sir Thomas Lipton’s J-Class Shamrock IV for the 1920 America’s Cup.

Jenetta (K-1) joined the English 12mR racing scene at Cowes (GB) along with Tomahawk (K-13), Flica II (K-14) and Vim (US-15). With her long waterline K-1 was fast, but Vim with Harold Vanderbilt at the helm was nearly unbeatable. On only one occasion did Jenetta prevail when she won a 27 nm race by just 2 seconds!

After Burton’s death in 1942, Jenetta’s ownership passed to A.W. Steven and in 1953 to the Urry family of Vancouver (CA) who converted her to a ketch in 1957. As her condition progressively declined throughout the 1960s-70s she was removed from Lloyd’s Register in 1976 and sank into Pitt Lake where she remained until…

Jenetta emerging from the bottom of Lake Pitt (CA) in 2009 and from Robbe & Berking Shipyard (DE) in 2019. photos: courtesy Robbe & Berking
Jenetta emerging from the bottom of Lake Pitt (CA) in 2009 (left) and from Robbe & Berking Shipyard (DE) in 2019 (right). photos: Robbe & Berking

Rescued by Oliver Berking in 2009 Jenetta became the third 12mR brought back to life at the Robbe & Berking Shipyard. Work began in 2017 and she was relaunched on May 25, 2019. Although only her lead keel, some planking and end sections of her deck and hull were saved, original Mylne designs were used to rebuild parts that were irretrievably lost. Since her “re-birth” she has proved to be as fast as originally envisioned by Mylne. With her long sleek waterline and unique tartan* plaid topsides (representing the University of Glasgow, Mylne’s alma mater) she is a head-turner!

JenettaRacing
Jenetta racing to weather. photo: Robbe & Berking

Now, with state-of-the-art deck layouts, hardware and sail plans throughout the Vintage fleet, Vim no longer has the Vanderbilt advantage. For the past 2 seasons, Jenetta has been very competitive with the top 12s in the Baltic fleet. Heading for the 2021 12mR Worlds, Jenetta current owners and crew have high expectations.

Visit the Jenetta website for more information about (K-1) and her team.

View short but stunning Jenetta rebuild video by Robbe & Berking 

Scandic Helsinki Accommodation Discounts Extended to June 15.

Scandic Hotels

To date our 12mR participants have reserved 100+ beds in total with our accommodations partner Hotel Scandic. A Scandic representative will contact those with reservations within the next few days, after you have provided your crew list, to finalize the details of your stay.

We still have the opportunity to reserve heavily discounted rooms until June 15. For those of you who still haven’t made your reservations please contact niklas.saxen@njk.fi.  After the 15th of June, you will have to make your arrangements directly with Scandic and the price will be the daily price – 10%.

Scandic Park HelsinkiScandic Park
Quad rooms
175 140 euro per room including breakfast

Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki Scandic Grand Marina
Double rooms
135 100 euro per room including breakfast

Niklas Saxen
2021 12mR World Championship Organizing Committee

2021 12mR Worlds Regatta Update: 6/4/21

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

FROM: HENRIK ANDERSIN
TO: 2021 12mR WORLDS COMPETITORS
DATE: JUNE 4, 2021

Dear 12 Metre Sailors,

We are Ready to Race!

The NJK Race Office is in early season full-speed mode and eager to welcome the 12mR fleet and their crews. They are well prepared for our first tune-up start on August 16 followed by five great days of racing starting on the 17th.  Our designated racing area south of Isosaari Island will provide excellent courses. As of today, we have eight 12mRs fully registered and anticipate a number of additional confirmations shortly as the pandemic finally seems to be abating.

Full Social Program Announced on June 17th

Get ready to mingle with friends, old and new, music, great food and drinks! The 2021 12mR World Championship social program is shaping up to be an unforgettable week featuring numerous special events including the official Welcome Reception, a traditional Finnish Archipelago Dinner, the Gala Dinner and casual after-sailing socials. Any restrictions, if still in place, will be taken into account to keep everyone safe.

Stay tuned for our next Committee Update on June 17th when we will share more details including the complete social schedule with reservation instructions. You will not want to miss any of the fun we are planning for you and your crews!

In the meantime, we hope that you all stay safe and healthy, and look forward to seeing you soon in Helsinki!

Henrik Andersin, 2021 12mR Worlds Chairman
Patrik Andersson, Racing Coordinator
Edward Krogius and Carolina Andersin-Vuorinen, Social Program Coordinators
2021 12mR World Championship Organizing Committee


12mR Fleet Invited to sail Viaporin Tuoppi; the largest European classic yacht regatta.

12mR Worlds Participants Invited to Viaporin Tuoppi; the largest European classic yacht regatta.We are happy to announce a special Saturday race prior to the Worlds. All 12mRs are invited to race the 15nm course along the shores of Helsinki with more than 150 classic yachts in the spectacular Viaporin Tuoppi. The race will start north of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress at 0900hrs, your fast 12s should finish between 1200 – 1400hrs. For more information, please contact Pata Andersson.


Finnish institute for health and welfare

World Health OrganizationCovid-19 update june 2021: pandemic CONDITIONS IMPROVING!

Finland as well as other Nordic countries are gradually rolling back restrictions for public events. In early June, 55% of Finns have had at least one vaccination, and the infection rate has been declining accordingly since early April. The Finnish government announces Covid-regulations for 2-3 weeks at the time, and we cannot yet anticipate the exact situation by mid-August. In general arrival in Finland is safe by now. We will follow the development of the regulations and continue to keep you posted.  

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) continues to monitor the situation and provide updates with regard to easing restrictions. The latest information on traveling and testing can be found here.

We will keep you informed and do our utmost to ensure a safe experience for everyone. Please do not hesitate to contact Johanna Catani, if you have any enquiries.

Johanna Catani
Social Responsibility

After 80 Years, Nini Anker is Ready to Race the Fleet She Was Designed to Meet.

Nini Anker (N-15) in her racing debut at Flensburg, 2020. ~ photo by: -----
Nini Anker (N-15) in her racing debut at Flensburg, 2020. 

Famed Norwegian yacht designer Johan Anker may be smiling down on Helsinki this summer when three of his 12mR designs—Vema III (N-11), Thea (D-1) and Nini Anker (N-15) finally meet on the racecourse at the 2021 12mR World Championship.

“In the world of classical boat enthusiasts Johan Anker (1871 – 1940) is known as a master of elegant ship lines who achieved an outstanding reputation in his period of activity not only as designer and builder of many successful yachts but also as successful sailor”. – Robbe & Berking Classics

Anker Design #434, now named Nini Anker (N-15) was the last of 20 twelves conceived by the prolific naval architect in 1939. The onset of World War II and Anker’s subsequent passing prevented his ultimate design from being realized at that time. It was not until 2011 that Erik Tingleff Larsen commissioned Robbe & Berking Classics to build the yacht based on original plans retrieved from the Johan Anker Foundation collection at Oslo’s Norwegian Maritime Museum.

Nini Anker (N-15) was meticulously built to her original specifications by master craftsmen at Robbe & Berking Classics. -- photo courtesy: Robbe & Berking
Nini Anker (N-15) was meticulously built by master craftsmen at Robbe & Berking Classics. ~ photo courtesy: Robbe & Berking

The beautifully-built, mahogany-hulled masterpiece, initially named Siesta (DEN-1) was launched in 2013. Unfortunately, due to her experimental spars she was not able to “measure-in” as a true 12mR under the International Class Rule. Sadly, Larsen’s poor health and death in 2016 kept #434 off of the water until her current owners purchased and refitted her to comply with 12mR measurements. Finally, after 81 years, Nini Anker (N-15) made her racing debut at Flensburg in 2020.

Nini Roll Anker at Sea. ~ photo courtesy Large Norwegian EncyclopediaWhy “Nini Anker”?
Johan Anker’s wife, Nini Roll Anker, was a famous Norwegian author in her own right. A staunch republican with socialist sympathies she was sometimes called the “communist in residence” at the court of Norway. The Ankers were close to the Royal family and served as second parents to the young Crown Prince Olav, who was a great friend to their son Erik. (Nini’s maiden name, “Roll” is not included in the yacht’s current name  due to limited space on her narrow transom.)

Nini Roll Anker at Sea. ~ courtesy: Great Norwegian Encyclopedia

Nini Anker (N-15) in her racing debut at Flensburg, 2020. ~ photo by: -----
Nini Anker (N-15) in her racing debut at Flensburg, 2020. 

We have briefly raced against some of the German and Danish boats in August last year and are excited to compete in our first full season after long winter months with enormous modifications and improvements. The boat is a beauty and would definitely win a ‘Miss’ contest.”— N-15 Syndicate member, Dirk Lohmann

Nini’ Anker’s World Championship debut at Helsinki will certainly be followed with great interest by her many admirers including 12mR enthusiasts, historians and all lovers of classic yachts. In addition to meeting her Anker sister ships– Vema III (N-11) and Thea (D-1), she will compete with 12s that she would likely have met at Cowes Week and Hankø in 1940– if only she had been built.

For more information about Nini Anker (N-15) and her team, contact Dirk Lohmann

Vema III: Sailing Under the Flag of Norway for 88 Years & Counting!

13th July 2019. Parade of Sail,  12m World Championship, Newport, RI, USA.
Vema III (N-11) proudly shows her colors in the 2019 12mR Worlds Parade ~ Photo: Ian Roman

Designed and built by renowned Norwegian naval architect Johan Anker, Vema III (N-11) was among the last of 20 Twelves envisioned at his drafting table. During her 1933 launch season she campaigned successfully at the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee as well as at Cowes Week. Impressively, N-11 has been actively sailing for 88 years and has the notable distinction of being the only 12mR to sail under the Norwegian flag throughout her entire lifetime.

Commissioned by Norwegian-American shipbuilder Georg Unger Vetlesen, Vema III was the “little boat” to his 300-ton schooner Vema II. During World War II, N-11 was Nazi war-prey in occupied Norway. After he war she raced well into the 1950’s with the lively Oslo Fjord fleet consisting primarily of Blue Marlin, Santa, Figaro VI, and Norsaga (now Trivia).

11th July 2019. Day Three of the 12m World Championship, Newport, RI, USA.
A beautiful bird’s eye view of Vema III running down to the leeward mark. ~ Photo: Ian Roman

After the decline of 12mR sailing in the late 50’s, Vema III remained in Norway as the only active boat in her Class. By 1979, new owners Tor Jøgen Dahl and Lars Christian Dahl noticed the corrosion of key structural elements in need of prompt attention and started her preservation. In 1999 TJ Dahl with new owner Einar Nagel Erichsen undertook a more extensive restoration.

Since 2006, Vema III has been owned by a group of 10 sailors who share a keen interest in 12mR sailing and her notable Norwegian designer, Johan Anker. Together, N-11’s team strive to keep their “pride & joy” in perfect condition and consider her to be one of the best-preserved 12mR yachts in the world. Syndicate lead, Johan Troye said, “We look very much forward to racing in the waters of Helsinki and being part of the most spectacular fleet of 12mRs in the world.”

2019 12 Metre World Championship
Vema III (N-11) racing in the 2019 12 Metre Worlds at Newport, RI ~ Photo: SallyAnne Santos

To this day, Vema III continues as a seasoned racer and was one of four boats shipped from Europe to the 2019 Worlds at Newport, RI (USA). In Helsinki this summer, Vema III will meet her “baby sister” Nini Anker (N-12) in their first Worlds-encounter. (Now named for Johan’s famed wife Nini, Anker’s last design #434 was built and launched in 2013 at the Robbe Berking boatyard, and originally named Siesta (DEN-14).)