12 Metre World Championship Returns to Newport, Rhode Island in 2022

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Historic America’s Cup Defenders and Iconic Sailing Conditions Converge

12 Metre World Championship Returns to Newport, Rhode Island in 2022 Historic America’s Cup Defenders and Iconic Sailing Conditions Converge
Competing yachts gathered dockside at 2019 12 Metre Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island. ~ Photo Credit: Ian Roman

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, USA (December 2, 2020) – Following the resounding success of the 2019 12mR World Championship held in Newport, R.I., the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) has again selected America’s City by the Sea as the venue for the 2022 12mR World Championship. “We expect an enthusiastic response and a strong turnout by our dedicated 12mR fleet members who always relish sailing out of Newport,” said ITMA President Paul Buttrose.

Scheduled for September 19-24, 2022, the regatta will be held during the traditional 12 Metre sailing season established during 25 years (1958-1983) of America’s Cup competition in the waters off Newport, R.I. Many of the 12s competing were specifically designed for Rhode Island Sound’s early autumn weather conditions. Set against the same backdrop, the 2022 event will re-kindle iconic America’s Cup competition between numerous Auld Mug Defenders including US-16 Columbia (1958), US-17 Weatherly (1962), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).

2019’s 12mR World Champion (Traditional Division), Columbia (US-16) will defend her title, led by 12 Meter Charters’ owner Kevin Hegarty ~ Photo Credit: Chris Tucker
2019’s 12mR World Champion (Traditional Division), Columbia (US-16) will defend her title, led by 12 Meter Charters’ owner Kevin Hegarty ~ Photo Credit: Chris Tucker

The 12 Metre Yacht Club Newport Station, the official home of ITMA’s North American 12mR fleet, will coordinate all event activities in partnership with Ida Lewis Yacht Club, repeating their award-winning* Race Management role. Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s current Vice Commodore, Steven MacGillivray said: “Ida Lewis Yacht Club is pleased to be the Organizing Authority for the 2022 12 Metre World Championship. Our Race Committee, Flag Officers and membership look forward to an exciting and fair regatta for all competitors.”

*U.S. Sailing awarded their prestigious St. Petersburg Trophy to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club for excellence in Race Management as voted by 2019 12mR Worlds competitors.

After several changes of ownership throughout the 12mR fleet, a new guard of Modern Division teams will meet on the Worlds racecourse. They include Enterprise (US-27), raced by Peter Askew’s renowned “Wizard” team and Freedom (US-30), now owned by the accomplished “Sled” team’s Takashi Okura. In the Grand Prix Division, 2019 Worlds second and third place winners — Patricio Bertelli’s Kookaburra II (KA-12) and Gunther Buerman’s New Zealand (KZ-3)– will again face-off for the top podium position.

Recent 12mR World Champions expected to defend their titles include 2019 Modern Division winner—Challenge XII (KA-10), owned by Jack LeFort, who also serves as Commodore for the 12 Metre Yacht Club Newport Station. “There is new energy and great momentum building in the 12mR Class,” said LeFort. “In Newport, we are excited to return to the race course to compete with old rivals and new challengers next season and through the 2022 Worlds.”

Enterprise (US-27) and Challenge XII (KA-10) vie for position while Freedom (US-30) nips at their heels during the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport, R.I. ~ photo credit: Ian Roman
Enterprise (US-27) and Challenge XII (KA-10) vie for position while Freedom (US-30) nips at their heels during the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport, R.I. ~ photo credit: Ian Roman

In the interim, all eyes are on Helsinki where the 2021 12mR World Championship will be hosted by Finland’s premier yacht club, the Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) from August 12-24, 2021.

For more information visit:

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Ida Lewis Yacht Club:
https://ilyc.org

International Twelve Metre Association:
https://www.12mrclass.com

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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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Day 4 Scoring Update & Harbor Parade Map

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Good Morning 12 Metre Race Fans!

After a very busy evening for our International Jury who addressed 8 protests following yesterday’s racing. The updated Day Four Scores & Protest Findings are now posted, you may click the link or the screenshot below to view.

12mR World Championship Day Four Scoring

This morning is our International 12 Metre Harbor Parade commencing at 10am. We hope that you are able to view this once in a lifetime display of historic racing yachts and sailors as they salute Newport!

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2019 12 Metre World Championship Parade Route Chart

 

2019 Worlds Kick-Off

The new deck at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club was filled to capacity last evening for the first official event of the 2019 12mR World Championship. Competitors listened to instructions from Event Chair, Peter Gerard and PRO, Mark Foster at the Skipper’s Meeting. Later old friends met new while socializing at the Owner’s Reception, but it was an early evening because…
After 3 years of planning and the efforts of MANY, today will be the FIRST DAY OF RACING for the fleet of 22 iconic 12 Metre Yachts!

2019 12 Metre Worlds Skippers Meeting at Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI

2019 12 Metre Worlds Skippers Meeting at Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI
2019 12 Metre Worlds Skippers Meeting at Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI

12 Metre Harbor Parade Route

2019 12 Metre World Championship Parade Route Chart

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