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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(results below)

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/

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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

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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