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March 20, 2019

Commodore James Gubelmann
Message from the Commodore
James Gubelmann
Dear 12mR Friends,
What a wonderful 12 Metre summer we are going to have in Newport this year!
Some 25 international teams representing more than 500 sailors, family, friends and supporters will converge at Newport in June-July for competitive racing, camaraderie and fun! America's Cup and Olympic sailors alongside accomplished amateurs will sail iconic yachts on Rhode Island Sound-- each seeking favorable wind shifts, avoiding negative tidal flows, carefully trimming and experiencing the thrill of top-notch sailboat racing just as America's Cup competitors did from 1958-1983. For 12mR sailors and enthusiasts, it doesn't get much better than that!
But perhaps it does because on July 11th we are planning a wonderful evening of dinner and dancing at the Vanderbilt's Marble House...
The party starts at 6:30pm with cocktails in Harold Stirling (Mike) Vanderbilt's Trophy Room where we'll appreciate a private viewing of his impressive collection of sailing "hardware." Among "Mike's" numerous accomplishments are 5 Astor Cups, 6 Kings Cups and 3 America's Cup wins with the legendary J-Boats Enterprise (1930), Rainbow (1934) and Ranger (1937). He also served as Commodore of the NYYC from 1922-24, was a syndicate member of AC Defender, Intrepid (1967) and was posthumously inducted to the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993. He was a founder of the North American Yacht Racing Union (now US Sailing) and was one of 4 framers of the Racing Rules of Sailing officially adopted in 1960 by the International Yacht Racing Union (now World Sailing).
At 7:30pm there will be a seated dinner, with limited availability. After dinner, the party will expand to include additional revelers for dancing and desserts.
There may be a few thick heads on Friday morning, but it will be well worth it! Because as is their tradition, 12 metre crews will rally and return their focus to the racecourse the next day, just as their Newport AC Summer predecessors always did.
An invitation for the Dinner Dance will be forthcoming via email with all of the details of the evening.
Stay tuned, the 2019 12 Metre World Championship is now just 109 days away! 

James Gubelmann 
Jimmy Gubelmann
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12 Metre World Championship Press Release: March 20,  2019 
12 Metre Worlds Will Harken Back to  
America's Cup Days in Newport
NEWPORT, RI (March 20, 2019) - When the 12 Metre World Championship comes to Newport, R.I. this summer (July 8-13), the significance of the venue will not be lost on sailing buffs, or for that matter, on sports historians in general.

The America's Cup, one of the most famous competitions between countries, was held here in Newport 12 times from 1930 to 1983, and for nine of those times, from 1958 to 1983, the sailboat used to determine the winners was the 12 Metre, a single-masted sloop of approximately 68 feet (21 metres) in length.
Scenes from the docks at the end of the 1983 America_s Cup _Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget_
Scenes from the docks at the end of the 1983 America's Cup (Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget)

During the 12 Metre Cup years, thousands of sailors, support teams, families and spectators from around the world swarmed lower Thames Street and wharves such as Bannister's where the 12 Metres and their teams headquartered during races that determined a final defender and challenger destined to spar one-on-one for the coveted silver ewer that was "The Cup". The most memorable Cup in Newport was unfortunately its last; 1983 marked the first winning challenge to the New York Yacht Club, which had successfully defended the Cup over a period of 132 years. An Australian syndicate representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club wrested the precious trophy from its decades-old resting place, breaking a winning streak that was the longest on record in any sport.

For July's 12 Metre Worlds, teams from around the world again will flock to Newport. They will sail a series of fleet races, held over five racing days, to determine winners in four Divisions: Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional, and Vintage. And they will sail the same America's Cup courses - 24 miles or so in length and plotted beyond the mouth of Narragansett Bay and off Brenton Reef in the Atlantic Ocean - that long ago brought notoriety to scenic Newport and its surrounding waters.

A Look Back from the Sailors
With the Cup's historical ties to Newport, it's no surprise that many of the sailors planning to compete at the Worlds are veterans of 12 Metre America's Cup campaigns.

Lexi Gahagan (Wilmington, Del.) started his America's Cup career in 1980 when he successfully defended the Cup as bow man on Dennis Conners' Freedom (US-30). At the 12 Metre Worlds he will sail in the Afterguard of New Zealand (KZ-3), entered in the four-boat Grand Prix Division and owned and driven by Gunther Buerman (Highland Beach, Fla./Newport, R.I.).

Lexi Gahagan and the current team of New Zealand _KZ-3_ Brad Read _far left_ Lexi Gahagan _third from left_ and Gunther Buerman _fourth from left_ _Photo courtesy Lexi Gahagan and KZ-3_
Lexi Gahagan and the current team of New Zealand (KZ-3) Brad Read- far left, Lexi Gahagan -third from left and Gunther Buerman -fourth from left. (Photo courtesy Lexi Gahagan and KZ-3)

"In 1980, it was like we were all on college football teams," said Gahagan, who would go on to sail for Cup campaigns in 1987, 1992 and 2000. "No one got paid, but we were working hard while also having a really good time. By '87 it had ramped up; it was more like going to work as professional athletes; people were hired and fired for their performances."

Gahagan said no one on KZ-3 is paid, although all are veteran sailors, including locals Duncan Skinner and Chris Fischer, who have America's Cup credentials as well. "The team has sailed together now for five years and feels good about knowing the boat," he said, adding that local knowledge, which Afterguard member Brad Read and other area sailors contribute, also is a plus. "We haven't had many other Grand Prix 12 Metres to sail against, and it's time to mix it up with some of the good competition coming in."

Grand Prix teams coming to America to compete at the Worlds are Patrizio Bertelli's Italian entrant Kookaburra II (KA-12), Jesper Bank's Danish entrant Legacy (KZ-5), and Johan Blach Petersen's Danish entry Kiwi Magic (KZ-7).

"The others won't know the boats as well, perhaps, but they'll pick it up in a hurry," said Gahagan, referencing the fact that some of the teams have only recently formulated, specifically for competing at the 2019 Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, also to be held in Newport (July 6-7).

As for 1983, when the world watched as John Bertrand's Australia II (KA-5) beat Dennis Conners' Liberty (US-40) and afterward revealed its secret weapon winged-keel to thousands of race fans on the Newport waterfront, Gahagan said he was watching, too, from a TV in Vermont.

"I wasn't there for that one, but I've been all over the world sailing, and having all the boats on Thames Street the way it was, how close we all were...it can't be replicated," said Gahagan. "Newport to me is a special place...it's why I still sail with Gunther and his team; it's where the Cup should be if America can win it back next time."

Mike Toppa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Newport, R.I.) will sail on the newly confirmed entry Enterprise (US-27), chartered from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Sailing Foundation by Clay and Nancy Deutsch (Newport, R.I.) for the Modern Division competition, who claimed the 2009 12 Metre Worlds title in the Traditional Division with Weatherly (US-17). Toppa sailed on the same boat in 1980 when she served as a Trial Horse for Dennis Conners' successful Freedom campaign.

Enterprise was discovered in France, in disrepair, a few years back, and brought back to racing form by two different owners before she was donated to the Foundation.

"Her interior was taken out by the second owner, who was getting it ready for the Worlds," said Toppa, who also sailed on and designed sails for Defender (US-33) in 1983 and Eagle (US-60) in 1986. "A lot of design work has been done, and everything has been changed, including the deck hydraulics, the mast, the keel, the trim tab and sail plan.

The best things about the old Newport Cup days for Toppa was learning as much as he did, sailing with the best sailors at the time, and soaking it all up. "I mean, I was sailing for the America's Cup in my hometown; it was the biggest sailing regatta in the world!"

Clockwise from left_Challenge XII _KA-10_ under sail_ Freedom _US-30_ at Pilots Point Marina in 2017_ Intrepid _US-22_ under sail. _Photos by Windlass Creative _ SallyAnne Santos and courtesy of Freedom_
Clockwise from left: Challenge XII (KA-10) under sail, Freedom (US-30) at Pilots Point Marina in 2017; Intrepid (US-22) under sail. Photos by Windlass Creative | SallyAnne Santos and courtesy of Freedom)

The Modern Division is yielding the deepest fleet, with seven entries that include three successful Cup defenders: Freedom (US-30) (1980), skippered by owner Charles Robertson (Guilford, Conn.); Intrepid (US-22) (1967 & 1970), skippered by Jack Curtin (Toronto, Canada/New York, N.Y.); and Courageous (US-26) (1974 & 1977), skippered by Arthur Santry (Arlington, Va./Newport, R.I.), another America's Cup 12 Metre veteran. As well, it includes Jack Lefort's (Winter Park, Fla./Jamestown, R.I.) Challenge XII (KA-10), which two years ago was returned to racing trim specifically for the Worlds; 2009 12 Metre World Champion, Modern Division Dennis Williams' (Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I.) Victory '83 (K-22); and Harry Graves' (Grand Isle, Vt.) Lionheart (K-18).

The 12 Metre World Championship is hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America's Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club.

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Chateau d'Esclans -Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney's Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts and North Sails. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Helly Hansen Newport, Sevenstar Yacht Transport and Stella Artois. Event venue partners are Clarke Cooke House, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport Shipyard and Sail Newport. For more information please visit: https://12mrworlds.com/partners/
A full list of competitors is here: https://12mrworlds.com/2019-competitors/

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Peter Gerard
Just a little over three months to go before the largest assembly of 12 Metre yachts meet on the starting for the 2019 12 Metre World Championships.

During the past few months the event has really begun to take shape. We are expecting 21+ boats from 6 countries.

In addition to primary Class Divisions -Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional and Vintage, we have added a 12 Metre "Spirit" Division which will allow boats built as 12s to participate in all the fun without having to meet Class requirements. Although not eligible to win the World Championship title, we will be happy to welcome 2-4 more "12s" to our historic gathering.

There is a new opportunity to get into the game! We have recently learned that 1962 America's Cup winner Weatherly, US-17 is now available for charter for the Worlds. Contact owner, George Hill or America's Cup Charters for details. 

We are also delighted to announce that Gurney's Newport has graciously offered to host our Welcome Reception on Tuesday, July 9th. Located on Goat Island over looking Narraganset Bay, this is the perfect venue to meet and greet fellow competitors and friends in celebration of the start of the 2019 12 Metre Worlds at Newport. Book-ending our race week, The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) on Thames Street will be the site of our Prize-Giving party on Saturday, July, 13. Please see our complete schedule of events now posted. --PG 
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The "quest" for sponsorship for the 2019 12 Metre World Championship has rewarded us with a number of top-knotch partners that will significantly enrich our events. At this time we are very pleased to announce the support of Chateau d'Esclans / Whispering Angel, Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney's Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts and North Sails. Official suppliers include Bacardi, Helly Hansen Newport, Sevenstar Yacht Transport and Stella Artois. Event venue partners are Clarke Cooke House, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport Shipyard and Sail Newport. Additionally, we have received funds from numerous foundations as well as private donors who prefer to remain anonymous. More to come, stay tuned! -scmii
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QUEST magazine QUEST magazine, official media partner of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, has extended the opportunity for deeply discounted advertising rates for  local businesses and supporters of the12 Metre Class until May 1. 
QUEST's July 2019 issue will contain the official 12mR Worlds Program and feature Newport-centric editorial content.
In print for more than 33 years and with a monthly readership of 653,700 in print and 1.2 million online, QUEST is the monthly journal of New York's new "400," covering their causes and careers, the passions that drive them, and the unions that unite them. It is a family magazine devoted equally to shining a light on the glamour of past generations as it is to admiring the sun rising over a new generation of readers and viewers. QUEST is widely distributed in Greenwich (CT), The Hamptons, Palm Beach, Miami, Charleston, Nashville and of course, Newport. 

Make your reservation today; space is limited and my not last until May 1. 
12 Metre Owners Interview Series by Jamie Hilton, Volume III
An Interview with 12 Metre American Eagle (US-21) owner, Herb Marshall
An Interview with American Eagle (US-21) owner Herb Marshall
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A Close Call for Valiant (US-24), 1970
by Stephen Lirakis, 12MYC Historian 
Valiant US-24
I arrived at the Shipyard and noticed some damage to Valiant, unaware of the earlier events.  
It was all anyone could talk about and a few of the yard workers were visibly shaken.
Valiant had been in the travel lift for re-launching; which meant that her backstay was off and the running backstays were slack.
Fortunately, Valiant was over the water when one of the lifting straps parted.--SL 
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America's Cup Formula Includes Money, Genius, Craftsmanship, Patriotism
part 5
New York Herald Tribune 
Paris, Friday, March 13, 1964 - pg.9 
(part 5 ~ transcribed text below)
Constellation_ Money_ Genius_ Craftsmanship _ Patriotism  
By Anthony Bailey- from the Herald Tribune Bureau
part 5:  
The Maze
A few weeks ago  Constellation was still on the loft floor at Minneford's. There are huge sheets of plywood, covered with a maze of black crayoned curves and diagonals and, as Nils Halvorsen points them out with a batten, they begin to form three views the craft: to one side the sections, as seen from down and stern, a wine-glass with no base; the rest, nearly 70 feet long, the profile and plan view superimposed, which can be disentangled to look something like a boat or a bullet.
These are  Constellation's lines, life-size, as drawn by Nils Halvorsen from the architect's 3/4-inch-to-the-foot scale plans. It is a job for a craftsman, because no matter how accurate the designer is when he draws the yacht on a drawing table, there are bound to be places in the scale of 70 feet where one dimension will not coincide with another- where, if the boat were built that way, a rib might be too narrow by several inches or planking might be forced to take an "unfair" curve. And when he finds these gaps of an inch or two between one plane and another, points to where section and plan do not quite intersect, Nils Halvorsen either "fairs in" the curve between them, using his own judgement, or if it strikes him as an especially crucial spot, he calls up Olin Stephens.
When Stephens talks about "breakthroughs" he is thinking in terms of changes of a fraction of an inch here and there. Fractions here and there are the difference between a winner and a loser. Bill Luders and David Boyd, the British designer, might be able to look at those lines and see in which direction Stephens has gone, and they would probably like to; but for most it is guesswork, with guesses based, perhaps, on  Gretel's down-wind ability and  Weatherly's stiffness-- has Constellation a little more flare in the topsides than  Columbia? Is there a triple more flatness in her run aft?
Once in a while, there is a reminder that you shouldn't take it too seriously. Yachting is a sport. Boats are boats, though this is very much an ultimate boat, designed to furnish not only the maximum of completion to any challenger, but the most response to wind and sea as well. Quite possibly a form of masterpiece, a work of art. To that suggestion Olin Stephens returns a shrug and a laugh. "I don't know. It's just a question of doing your best." Together with Paul Coble, Nils Halvorsen, and Walter Gubelmann, he hopes that his best is good enough to defend the Old Mug against the British Twelve, and that Constellation, if she is chosen, won't be the first in the long history of the match to let the side down.
Read complete feature from the begining here  
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12mR Worlds Team Photos :  
From Finland to Newport, Here They Come!
Below are 3 of the first team photos we have received in response to our
2019 12mR World Championship Competitor Questionnaire!
Blue Marlin_ New Zealand_ Challenge XII 
Clockwise from left: Henrik Andersin's Blue Marlin (K-17), Gunther Buerman's New Zealand (KZ-3), and Jack LeFort's Challenge XII (KA-10)
ATTENTION Owners & Program Managers: if you have not yet done so, please complete and return the 2019 12 Metre World Championship Competitor Questionnaire with a high-res photo to represent your team asap. We have tight deadlines to meet for our programme inclusion in QUEST magazine and request your help to insure that all teams will be included.
Please contact SallyAnne Santos for assistance or questions.   
Crew Finder 
After several inquires from eager sailors AND in view of 12s returning to the racing fleet that will need crew...

We are continuing to build our online CREW LIST for the convenience of our Members! If you are a SAILOR looking for opportunities to crew on 12mRs, visit our CREW SIGN-UP page, create a Screen ID and complete a quick racing experience profile.

Attn: Owners, Captains & Project Managers: We currently have 19 crew candidate listings posted on our website. Each profile displays credentials, experience, availability and contact information. Eleven candidates indicate 12mR racing experience! Click through, perhaps you'll find your next crew MVP here.
If you are a 12mR OWNER or CREW MANAGER, book mark our CREW LIST page for your future reference.

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