Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s World-Champion Volunteers

Members of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, host of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, met at the Clarke Cooke House in Newport, RI on Friday, January 11, 2019 to learn about and volunteer for the event.

A Sailing Spectacle Like No Other

12 Metre World Championship Set for Newport in July

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (November 6, 2018) – With a little more than eight months to go, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club are gearing up for the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S. at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship. Scheduled for July 8-13, the regatta will host 24 teams from seven countries, and the fleet will include Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, which is the defending 12 Metre World Champion, and five yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-17 Weatherly (1962), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).

 12 Metres racing in Barcelona during the 2014 12 Metre World Championship. The 2019 Worlds in Newport will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metres in the U.S. (photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative)
12 Metres racing in Barcelona during the 2014 12 Metre World Championship. The 2019 Worlds in Newport will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metres in the U.S. (photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative)

“The last 12 Metre World Championship was in Barcelona, Spain in 2014,” said Event Chair Peter Gerard, “so there is some pent-up energy for sure. Over the last two years, there has been an emphasis on developing new teams, training for the worlds and getting these iconic yachts into the best possible condition for competition.”

Making the trip to Newport from overseas are teams from the Northern Europe and Southern Europe Fleets. They will join the Americas Fleet for racing on Rhode Island Sound where a dozen America’s Cup competitions were held for just over five decades. Three of them (between 1930 and ‘37) were contested in the Universal J Class yachts, while nine (between 1958 and ‘83) were held in the 12 Metre yachts that are now famously etched into the “Golden Era” of America’s Cup history.

Left: Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending 12 Metre World Champion, will travel to Newport for the 2019 Worlds. (photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative) Right: Also competing will be US-22 Intrepid and US-26 Courageous, which have each defended the America’s Cup twice. (Photo credit: Stephen Cloutier)
Left: Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending 12 Metre World Champion, will travel to Newport for the 2019 Worlds. (photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative) Right: Also competing will be US-22 Intrepid and US-26 Courageous, which have each defended the America’s Cup twice. (Photo credit: Stephen Cloutier)

The 12 Metres are divided into divisions based on when they were built. At the Worlds, eight of the contenders will sail in Grand Prix (for 12 Metres built in 1987, winged keel), seven in Modern (1967-1983), five in Traditional (1958-1966) and four in Vintage (1907-1958). Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional divisions mostly represent 12 Metres built for America’s Cup competition, while the Vintage division represents those built prior to the Cup’s 12 Metre era and when 12 Metres held a place in Olympic history.

Competing 12 Metres (to date):
Grand Prix Division

US-46 America II, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, New York, N.Y.
K-24 Crusader, Richard Matthews/Sally Morton, Ipswich, UK
KZ-7 Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Arhus, Denmark
KA-12 Kookaburra II, Patrizio Bertelli, Rosignano Solvay, Italy
KA-15 Kookaburra III, Maurizio Vecchiola, Morrovalle Macerata, Italy
KZ-5 Laura, Jesper Banks, Denmark
KZ-3 New Zealand, Gunther Buerman, Highland Beach, Fla./Newport, R.I.
(expressing interest: US-42 America II)

Modern Division

KA-10 Challenge XII, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, R.I.
US-32 Clipper, Hugo Stenbeck, Stockholm, Sweden
US-26 Courageous, Ralph Isham/Steve Glascock/Alexander Auersperg/Ward Marsh/Arthur Santry, Newport, R.I.
US-30 Freedom, Charles Robertson, Guilford, Conn.
US-22 Intrepid, Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ontario/New York, N.Y.
K-18 Lionheart, Harry Graves, Grand Isle, Vermont
K-22 Victory ’83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I.
(expressing interest: US-27 Enterprise, US-33 Defender, US-24, Valiant)

Traditional Division

US-21 American Eagle, Bob Morton/Cindy DeLotto, Newport, R.I./Edgartown, Mass.
US-16 Columbia, Kevin Hegarty, Boston, Mass.
US-18 Easterner, Scott Bernard, Annapolis, Md.
US-19 Nefertiti, Sears Wullschleger, Sarasota, Fla.
US-17 Weatherly, Jay Schachne, E. Greenwich, R.I.

Vintage Division

K-17 Blue Marlin, Henrik Andersin, Kotka, Finland
US-12 Nyala, Patrizio Bertelli, Rosignano Solvay, Italy
US-6 Onawa, Earl McMillen, Newport, R.I.
N-11 Vema III, Vema Syndicate Oslo, Norway


The global ROAD TO THE WORLDS WAYPOINTS Series, which started in 2017, has helped build competition in the Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Americas fleets and culminates with a series winner named at the conclusion of the 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta, scheduled for just prior to the Worlds on July 6-7.

For some extended racing excitement beyond the Worlds, New York Yacht Club has invited the 12 Metre Class to participate in a “12 Metre Jubilee” at its 175th Anniversary Regatta (July 15-20) and compete for a series of historic 12 Metre Trophies.

“It will be a full summer of happenings,” said Gerard, explaining that the last four WAYPOINTS SERIES events* are scheduled for 2019 in New England as tune-ups for the Worlds. “This remarkably large fleet of 12 Metres, known for their historic significance, beauty and grace, will create a spectacle of 12 Metre racing that has not been seen here since the America’s Cup days of old.”

Plenty of 12 Metre action in store for 2019 at the 12 Metre Worlds in Newport, R.I. (Photo credit: Stephen Cloutier)
Plenty of 12 Metre action in store for 2019 at the 12 Metre Worlds in Newport, R.I. (Photo credit: Stephen Cloutier)

During the Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, most of the fleet will be berthed at Fort Adams where visitors will be able to view the yachts before and after racing. A large on-water spectator fleet is expected, and land-based spectators can catch the fleet sailing to and from racing at vantage points along the shores closest to Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, including Fort Adams, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill.

*2019 WAYPOINTS Series regattas: New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta (June 14-16), Edgartown Yacht Club‘s 12mR Regatta (June 21-23), Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s Newport Trophy Regatta (June 29-30), and the Pre-Worlds hosted by Sail Newport (July 6-7)

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Event Chairman
Peter Gerard
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Manuka Sports
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Media Pro Int’l
Barby MacGowan
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International 12 Metre Class
SallyAnne Santos
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Organizing Committee Update: August 2018

Peter GerardWith less than a year to go, excitement over what could be one of the largest gathering of 12mR yachts is building. The Ida Lewis Yacht Club is already up and running with its preparations for the Worlds. The Race Committee has been running all the major 12mR events in Newport for the past five years. The Regatta Committee will be assigning a host family to each visiting team. The host family will assist you with the day to day logistics of living in Newport. They are also forming a Marine Logistics Committee to assist with any boat needs.

On the social side, planning is well under way for the welcoming and prize giving parties. Direction of the 12 mR Gala has been placed in the able and experienced hands of Kate Gubelmann. The Gubelmann family has a long history with the 12 mR Class, and, Jimmy Gubelman is the Commodore of the 12 mR Yacht Club.

The dates and the schedule are set.
The 2019 12mR Worlds are scheduled for July 8-13, 2019.

  • Monday, July 8
    • Registration and
    • Skippers Meeting and Reception at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
  • Tuesday, July 9
    • Racing Begins – 2 races scheduled
    • Welcome Reception at Fort Adams after racing
  • Wednesday July 10
    • Racing continues – 3 races scheduled
    • Owners Reception at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
  • Thursday, July 11
    • Racing continues – 1 race scheduled
    • 12mR Gala at one of Newport’s fabled “Summer Cottages.”
  • Friday, July 12
    • Racing continues – 2 races scheduled
    • Open Evening
  • Saturday, July 13
    • Racing continues – 1 race scheduled
    • Prize Giving Reception

As many of you know, your World’s Committee has been working on developing the logistical resources to assist and support you for your trip to and in Newport next summer.

We are very pleased to announce that SevenStar, the world’s leading supplier of yacht transport services on a lift on lift off basis has joined us as our Yacht Transport Partner.


Pre and Post Worlds
The Hinckley Company, operator of one of the largest full service marinas in Narragansett Bay (and the home to most of the Newport 12s) has made an attractive proposal to provide dockage (both in the water or on the hard)and storage for support boats and containers, as well as general yacht services for all the visiting 12s. The Hinkley facility is approximately 6NM north of Newport’s outer harbor. We are also working on dockage at a close hotel (Gurney’s on Goat Island). Unfortunately, it will be a couple of months before we know what, if anything, they are prepared to do. In addition, the Gurney’s marina, while very convenient to the hotel and downtown Newport, does not have any place for containers or close in trailers.

During the Worlds
SailNewport, the operator of the Ft. Adams marina, has provided an attractive proposal for dockage of the whole Worlds fleet during the World Championship. We are anticipating erecting a regatta tent at the docks for the Worlds. (In addition, they have agreed to extend their preferential rate on a first-come, first-served basis for dockage during the NYYC’s 175th Anniversary Regatta, which immediately follows the Worlds – July 15-20).

Newport is a very popular summer resort; and, as such, housing, particularly for a group as large as our, is always a challenge. To that end, we have made arrangements with a number of prominent real estate companies to provide you with a broad range of alternatives, as well as staff to work on your specific requirements. We will be forwarding to you within the next few days information and proposals from the Gower & Company and Gustav White Sotheby’s International Realty. Both these organizations not only know the Newport area, but have extensive experience with housing sailing teams.

In addition, we have a proposal from Roger Williams University for a group of two bedroom apartments located in Bristol, RI (home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and the Herreshoff Marine Museum). Bristol is 17 miles north of Newport (a 35 minute drive in the summer) and 6 miles north of the Hinckley Marina (17 minute drive). These apartments serve as a dormitory during the school year. There are enough units to house a number of crews or crew families, and the price is very attractive.

We are anticipating that many of the boats will arrive in Newport by the 1st of June. That being the case, there are a number of local and regional 12mR and open regattas in the month leading up to the Worlds. These include the following WAYPOINTS events:

  • New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta – June 14-16
    • An open regatta that the America’s 12mR fleet typically participates in.
    • The NYYC usually gives the 12mR’s starts by division.
    • Boats wishing to participate in the Annual Regatta will need consult NYYC’s web site, and register when the event page becomes active.
  • Edgartown Yacht Club’s 12mR Regatta -June 21-23 (tentative)
    • Edgartown the famous resort seaport located on Martha’s Vineyard Island.
    • Edgartown is approximately a 45 NM sail from Newport. EYC has hosted a 12mR regatta for many years. Their hospitality is great and they have good racing.
    • EYC provide dockage as part of their regatta fees.
    • Boats wishing to participate in the EYC event can make arrangements through the 12mR Americas Fleet
  • Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s Newport Trophy Regatta -June 29-30
    • A two day, 12mR only event on the Worlds race courses.
    • Cocktail reception at Ida Lewis YC.
    • Pre-Registration will be set up on the Worlds website
  • Pre Worlds hosted by Sail Newport – July 6-7
    • Two day event
    • Run by the Ida Lewis Worlds RC
    • Part of the Sail Newport Regatta
    • Pre-Registration will be set up on the World’s Web site.

Immediately following the World Championships, the New York Yacht Club is hosting their 175th Anniversary Regatta and the 12mR Jubilee, July 15-20. All 12mR Yacht have been invited to participate. For additional details and registration, please refer to the New York Yacht Club’s web site.

Please be aware that while dockage at Ft. Adams for the Worlds will be part of the registration package, dockage for the NYYC 175th is on a first come basis and must be booked directly with Sail Newport. Sail Newport recommends that if you want to remain at Ft. Adams for the 175th, you book your space sooner rather than later.

It is our understanding that many of the boats will be returning to Europe immediately after the NYYC’s 175th Regatta. However, for those of you considering staying longer, I want to assure you that if you do you will have plenty of opportunity to sail, cruise and race in and around New England in general and Newport in particular.

The Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge offers an opportunity to race throughout August, beginning in the fabled sailing town of Marblehead, MA in the Corinthian Classic. That is followed a week later by two events on Nantucket Island, the two day Nantucket Regatta and the famous one day Opera House Cup (the US Traditional Division boats typically participate). One week later the Classic yachting fleet returns to Narragansett Bay for the two day Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta in Bristol, RI,, followed immediately by the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta headquartered at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades in downtown Newport.

In addition to the Classic Yacht circuit, there are a number of middle distance race events, including the Ida Lewis Distance Race (‘ILDR”) August 16 & 17. The ILDR is a 150 NM overnight race that starts and finishes off of Ida Lewis Yacht Club.

In September there are a number of local short distance races (18 milers)and a number of multiple weekend race series in Long Island Sound e.g. American Yacht Club Fall Series.
If you are interested in staying, and racing, let us know and we will link you up with the right people and organizations.

The 2019 12mR Worlds will be a great event, and it can be one of the greatest gathering of 12s ever; but only if you and your team come to Newport. Your officers and the ITMA team have been working hard to make the logistics of your trip and stay as easy and efficient as possible. We have lined up the best resources and experts to assist you. The Ida Lewis Yacht Club and its members stand ready to help make Newport your home away from home. Over the next few months we will be sending you additional information about the plans and arrangements for 2019. We expect to have a Notice of Race posted within the next two months along with a registration site on the Worlds web site.

If you have any questions, or particular requirements, or if there is anything we can do to make your decision to join us in Newport easier, please let Patrick Howaldt (ITMA V.P. North Europe Fleet), Luigi Lang (ITMA V.P. South Europe Fleet) or me know.

Best regards and see you in Newport!

Peter Gerard
2019 12mR Worlds Event Chair ITMA VP America’s Fleet.
+1 214 244 4955


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