Day 1: Close Racing, Cloud Watching and Challenging Conditions

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

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12 Metre World Championship:

Day 1: Close Racing, Cloud Watching and Challenging Conditions

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Hometown Helsinki team, Blue Marlin (FIN-1) skippered by Henrik Andersin took first place in the first race of the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship
Hometown Helsinki team, Blue Marlin (FIN-1) skippered by Henrik Andersin took first place in Race 1 at the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship today. | Sailpix.fi

HELSINKI, FI (August 17, 2021) –  Official competition for the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship commenced today with two races held in the Gulf of Finland, hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK.

In Race 1 keeping an eye to the sky paid off for the hometown Blue Marlin (FIN-1) team, skippered by Henrik Andersin (Kotka, FI) who won the first race in light and shifty winds. On the first weather leg, Vim (US-15) took an early lead after crossing Wings (K-15) on starboard with the 9-boat fleet in pursuit on the right side of the course. Blue Marlin (FIN-1) was mid-fleet when Andersin noticed “the clouds looked different than usual.” Anticipating a significant wind shift, he split from the fleet taking the left side of the course and was first to the top mark followed only by Flica II (K-14). These two held their positions downwind taking first and second place respectively followed by Vim (US-15) who finished third.

Vim (US-15), Race 2 and Day 1 Overall winner | Sailpix.fi
Vim (US-15), helmed by Patrick Howaldt won Race 2 and claimed first place overall on Day 1 | Sailpix.fi

After a pause for course adjustments, one abandoned start and one general recall, Race 2 got underway in a building 15-17 knot breeze with choppy seas. Wings (K-15) helmed by Philipp Skafte-Holm (Copenhagen, DK), held an early lead until crossed by Vim (US-15) on starboard during the second weather leg. Vim (US-15) sailed to the right side of the course while Wings (K-15) continued to the left closely pursued by Jenetta (K-1) helmed by Thomas Müller, (Flensburg, DE) who eventually overtook them at the last mark rounding. Vim (US-15) skipper, Patrick Howaldt said: “It was very close racing in difficult conditions, the first three boats finished within one boat length of each other—this is a very closely-matched and competitive fleet.”

With combined score of 4 points Vim (US-15) won the day, Blue Marlin (FIN-1) finished second with 5 points and Jenetta (K-1) claimed third place overall with 7 points. Racing continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with 2 races planned. Follow the action LIVE (or recorded playback) via Sport Rec Race Tracker.

August 17, Race Day One photos by Erik Lähteenmäki | Sailpix.fi

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RESULTS

2021 12 Metre Worlds
Day 1 (August 17) 2 Races

12mR – Vintage (9  Boats)

1. Vim (US-15), Helmuth Henning, Patrick Howaldt & Ditley Wedell Wedellsborg, Copenhagen, DK:  3 – 1 ; 4

2. Blue Marlin (FIN-1), Henrik Andersin, Kotka, FI: 1 – 4; 5

3. Jenetta (K-1), Thomas Müller, Flensburg, DE: 5 – 2; 7

4. Flica II (K-14), Alexander Falk, Hamburg, DE:  2 – 5; 7

5. Wings of Cowes (K-15), Philipp Skafte-Holm, Copenhagen, DK (with Finnish & Danish crew): 7 – 3 ; 10

6.  Nini Anker (N-15), Christoph Avenarius, Hamburg, DE: 4 – 6; 10

7. Vanity V (K-5), Mikael Stelander,  Helsinki, FI:  6 – 7; 13

8. Thea (D-1), Jacob Holst, Copenhagen, DK: 8 – 8; 16

9. Vema III (N-11), Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR: 9 – 9; 18

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NOTE: Spectators may view the beautiful Vintage 12mR fleet in transit to the race course between 9.00 – 9.30 each morning and returning after completing 2 races at approximately 15.00 each afternoon. Conditions permitting, the 12mRs will parade through Helsinki Harbor under sail after racing (approx. 15.00) on Friday, August 20.

Please see the complete Schedule here.

Presenting SponsorEVLI Bank

The 2021 EVLI 12 Metre World Championship is presented by EVLI Bank, an investment management firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

Supporting Day Sponsors are: Baltic Yachts, Keisari, Normet, Red Sky Yachts, Roschier, Scandic and Stanton Chase.

Additional Products & Service Providers include: Brandscape, Delicatessen, Fazer, Fiskars Group, Helsinki Helsingfors, Interbrands, Järvikylän, Jouko Lindgren, Kruunu Herkku, NOHO Nordic Hospitality Partners, North Sails, Sassan Ruokakassi, Suomen Jäätelö, Veikko Laine, Villi, and Windlass Creative

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ABOUT NYLÄNDSKA JAKTKLUBBEN (NJK) 
Founded in 1861, the Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK is Finland’s premier yacht club as well as its oldest registered sports organization. NJK has been the forerunner of Finnish yacht racing culture and has a long history with the Metre Classes. The Clubhouse, located on the beautiful island of Blekholmen is situated in Helsinki’s South Harbour, adjacent to the city center with berths for 125 yachts. NJK accommodates their 2500+ members, berths 440 sailing yachts, 90 dinghies and 374 motorboats at their two main harbours in Helsinki as well as at an additional 10 outstations in the Finnish archipelago, with the most westerly on the Åland Islands.

International 12 Metre ClassABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE ASSOCIATION (ITMA)
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).

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

The 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship is a sustainable event that takes a stand on social, economic and environmental issues. We have created a Sustainability Action Plan, which will enhance social and economic well-being and minimize the carbon footprint of the regatta.
WE WANT TO USE & PRODUCE ONLY WHAT IS NEEDED AND NOTHING MORE!

For more information on the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/

Follow us on Facebook #12MetreWorlds2021, @12mRWorldChampionship

CONTACTS:
Event Chairman
Henrik Andersin

Media Inquires
Kim Weckström

International 12 Metre Class
SallyAnne Santos

An Exciting Week of 12mR Racing Ahead at the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

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2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship, photo: Erik Lähteenmäki
Vintage 12mR Fleet gathered at the NJK docks in Helsinki, FI for the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship~ photo: Sailpix.fi

HELSINKI, FI (August 16, 2021) – If today’s two practice races are any indication, the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship will surely provide an exciting week of racing for both sailors and spectators. NJK Commodore Mats Welin said: “Although this will be the first time the 12mRs will hold their World Championship in Finland, NJK has a long history with the Class including participation at our 50th and 75th Anniversary celebrations in 1911 and 1936. Now during our 160th Anniversary year we are very pleased to host the International Twelve Metre Class and proud that two competitors will race under the NJK flag.”

Setting the Scene: Pre-Race photos by Erik Lähteenmäki | Sailpix.fi

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President of the International Twelve Metre Association, Paul Buttrose said: “It is an honor for the International Twelve Metre Class to be hosted by NJK and racing in Helsinki. This Vintage fleet is the most widely-traveled and every boat has a fascinating history. Adding meticulous preparation and such a high standard of competition secures their recognition as “the backbone of our Class.”

August 16, Practice Race Day photos by Felix Diemer

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Spectators may view the beautiful Vintage 12mR fleet in transit to the race course between 9.00 – 9.30 each morning and returning after completing 2 races at approximately 15.00 each afternoon. Conditions permitting, the 12mRs will parade through Helsinki Harbor under sail after racing (approx. 15.00) on Friday, August 20.

August 16, Practice Race Day photos by Erik Lähteenmäki | Sailpix.fi

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Stay tuned for a week of exciting racing in Helsinki at the 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship!

12mR enthusiasts everywhere may follow the racing LIVE (or  view recorded playback) via Sport Rec Race Tracker

Please see the complete Schedule here.

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Competitors List here

EVLI Bank

The 2021 EVLI 12 Metre World Championship is presented by EVLI Bank, an investment management firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

Supporting Day Sponsors are: Baltic Yachts, Keisari, Normet, Red Sky Yachts, Roschier, Scandic and Stanton Chase.

Additional Products & Service Providers include: Brandscape, Delicatessen, Fazer, Fiskars Group, Helsinki Helsingfors, Interbrands, Järvikylän, Jouko Lindgren, Kruunu Herkku, NOHO Nordic Hospitality Partners, North Sails, Sassan Ruokakassi, Suomen Jäätelö, Veikko Laine, Villi, and Windlass Creative

More About Our Partners

ABOUT NYLÄNDSKA JAKTKLUBBEN (NJK) 
Founded in 1861, the Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK is Finland’s premier yacht club as well as its oldest registered sports organization. NJK has been the forerunner of Finnish yacht racing culture and has a long history with the Metre Classes. The Clubhouse, located on the beautiful island of Blekholmen is situated in Helsinki’s South Harbour, adjacent to the city center with berths for 125 yachts. NJK accommodates their 2500+ members, berths 440 sailing yachts, 90 dinghies and 374 motorboats at their two main harbours in Helsinki as well as at an additional 10 outstations in the Finnish archipelago, with the most westerly on the Åland Islands.

International 12 Metre ClassABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE ASSOCIATION (ITMA)
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).

2021 12 Metre World Championship, Helsinki Finland

The 2021 EVLI 12mR World Championship is a sustainable event that takes a stand on social, economic and environmental issues. We have created a Sustainability Action Plan, which will enhance social and economic well-being and minimize the carbon footprint of the regatta.
WE WANT TO USE & PRODUCE ONLY WHAT IS NEEDED AND NOTHING MORE!

For more information on the 12 Metre Worlds visit https://12mrworlds.com/

Follow us on Facebook #12MetreWorlds2021, @12mRWorldChampionship

CONTACTS:
Event Chairman
Henrik Andersin

Media Inquires
Kim Weckström

International 12 Metre Class
SallyAnne Santos

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