12mR Worlds Helsinki Postponed

2020 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

Helsinki, Finland to Host 2020 12 Metre World Championship

2020 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

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Helsinki, Finland to Host 2020 12 Metre World Championship:
A Historic Gathering of the 12mR Fleet is Expected

Blue Marlin racing at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, RI - photo by: Chris Tucker
Blue Marlin racing at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, RI – photo by: Chris Tucker

HELSINKI (September 3, 2019) – After a phenomenal 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, RI (USA), the NJK yacht club in Helsinki and the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) are moving at full speed to organize the next 12mR Worlds in Helsinki from August 16-23, 2020.

Approximately 15-20 12mR yachts raced by teams from a dozen countries are expected to compete. The European vintage fleet will be well represented and the organizers have high hopes for representatives for Modern and Grand Prix division boats well.

Blue Marlin (FIN-1) and the 2017 European champion Wings (K-15) raced by a Danish-Finnish syndicate, will both sail under the flag of the event host NJK– the oldest yacht club in Finland, founded in 1863.

It has been more than 30 years since the memorable 1988 12mR Worlds at Luleå — the last 12 Metre World Championship to be sailed in the Northern Baltic. ITMA Vice President Patrick Howaldt said: “The rapidly growing interest for the Twelves in Northern Europe is a testimony to the Class. Combined with NJK’s reputation for world-class racing, glamorous social events and vibrant Helsinki location, we expect the 2020 Worlds to exceed every 12mR event previously raced in the Baltic.

The fleet will include the 2019 European Champion, Howaldt’s famous Sparkman & Stephens design Vim (US-15), The recently rebuilt Jenetta (K-1) and Wilfried Beeck’s Trivia (K-10), both representing Germany, will also face off against the reigning 12mR Vintage Champion, Patrizio Bertelli’s Nyala (US-12) representing Italy and the Southern Europe 12mR fleet.

“After sailing Blue Marlin since 2014 in Continental Europe and recently in Newport, it will be exciting to race in my hometown waters with a fleet of impressive size,” said 2020 Worlds event chairman, Henrik Andersin. “This will be a historic occasion for us, no 12 Metre has raced in Finland since WWI. We are hopeful that all 15 of the Northern European 12mR fleet will participate and be joined by additional 12s from Southern Europe and the United States as well as some of the oldest gaff-rigged 12s in Europe.”

The organizers are currently working on logistics solutions that would enable participants from other continents to have their boats skipped to Helsinki for a reasonable fee.

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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 visit: https://12mrworlds.com/ or Henrik Andersin henrikandersin@mac.com

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CONTACTS

Event Chairman:
Henrik Andersin
henrikandersin@mac.com

Sponsorship:
Thomas Ahlström
thomas.ahlstrom@bha.fi

Media & Comms:
Kim Weckström
kim@avaus.fi

Social:
Edward Krogius
edvard.krogius@gmail.com

Logistics:
Kristian Räme
kristian.rame@marinetek.net

Social Responsibility & On Shore Activities:
Johanna Catani
johanna.catani@gmail.com

Program Management:
Carolina Andersin
carolina.andersin@gmail.com

International 12 Metre Class:
SallyAnne Santos
sallyanne@windlasscreative.com

2019 Worlds Best of Photos

Best of 2019 12mR World Championship photos courtesy of: Ingrid AberyMichele Friel Almeida, George Bekris, Nancy Bloom, Bill Cole, Stephen Lirakis, Tim McCullough, Robert Migliaccio, SallyAnne Santos, Chris Tucker Onne van der Wal and  Stuart Wemple.

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Official 12 Metre Worlds Program

2019 12 Metre World Championship logo

In case you missed it… contained within the July issue of Quest Magazine is the official 36 page program of the 2019 12mR World Championship. Contents include a full page profile of each team (pg 84), America’s Cup12mR Newport history (pg 110) and hundreds of photos! Program content begins on page 84, but additional 12mR and Newport takes are sprinkled throughout the entire magazine– ENJOY! Click to read online issue.

2019 12 Metre World Championship program

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