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September 6, 2019

Commodore James Gubelmann
Message from the Commodore
James Gubelmann

Dear 12mR Friends,

When I was selected as Commodore of the 12 Metre Yacht Club in 2014, the mission before me seemed monumental, but one that I was determined to achieve: to bring together people and resources in order to reinvigorate the 12 Metre Americas' fleet.
At that time our Newport racing fleet had seriously dwindled -- we had just six boats on the starting line at the North American Championship and there were as many Twelves on the hard as in the water that season. Although just one U.S. team raced at the 2014 World Championship in Barcelona, I attended to gain insight into the Class as a whole-- what I returned with was inspiration! By setting a goal to host a spectacular 12mR World Championship in Newport, we might motivate more Twelves to return to the racecourse by 2019.
Throughout five years of preparation, we saw seven 12mRs rejuvenated and returned to the water, while others were updated to top racing form. The active Modern division more than doubled in size from 3 to 8 boats! Credit for this goes to the existing and new 12mR owners who share our love of the yachts and vision for the future of the Class.
Together with our 12MYC Board, we identified several key elements that would support the development of the fleet and the 2019 World Championship. Among them were communication and, in keeping with our mission, education. With the assistance of contributors, we created the 12MYC E-Newsletter as the voice of the Americas fleet-- and today with more than 1100 subscribers that voice is heard throughout the 12mR world. As our regular readers know, our content has included "everything 12" --history, technical features, race reporting, restoration projects, photos, social events and most importantly-- updates on planning for the 2019 Newport Worlds. Our 12MYC.org website became the repository for all of this content along with pages for each Newport fleet 12, available crew, gear listings, 12s for sale and more.
Now, looking back on our successful 2019 12mR season highlighted by the spectacular World Championship I must acknowledge the 12MYC Board who gave of their hearts and souls to bring our mission to life and make our goals a reality. It is with great pride that I thank each of them for all that we have been able to achieve together:
Vice Commodore, Chandler Hovey
Treasurer, Jamie Hilton
Secretary, Carol Swift
Marketing, Chris Meigher
12MYC Club Manager, Jeannie Sullivan
Communications, SallyAnne Santos
ITMA President, Dyer Jones
ITMA Treasurer, Dr. Robin Wallace
ITMA VP Americas' Fleet, Peter Gerard
Legal, Richard Sayer
12MYC Dinner Dance, Kate Gubelmann
James Gubelmann 
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Commodore, 12MYC Newport
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2019 12 Metre Yacht Club Annual Dinner: Thursday, August 19
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2019 12MYC Annual Dinner
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Courageous Wins Inaugural Waypoints Series   
A Connection for Historic 12 Metres Around the Globe  
12mR Waypoints
NEWPORT, RI (August 29, 2019) - In the first-ever ROAD TO THE WORLDS Waypoints Series, it came down to the last day of the last regatta - the 2019 12 Metre World Championship held over July 8-13 in Newport, R.I. - to determine Courageous (US-26) as the overall Series winner.
Courageous Waypoints Winner Collage
Top Row:  Waypoints Series Perpetual Trophy (Photo Credit: SallyAnne Santos); Courageous syndicate and crew member Ralph Isham (middle) accepts the Waypoints Series vintage keeper trophy at the 2019 12 Metre Worlds (Photo Credit Ian Roman). Second Row: The crew of Courageous in the cockpit and on the deck (Photo Credit: Onne van der Wal)

Introduced in 2017 to help build 12 Metre competition in the Northern Europe, Southern Europe and Americas fleets, the WAYPOINTS Series tallied scores posted by 40 12 Metres from nine countries in 28 regattas held in five countries over a period of three years. It awarded points for both participation and performance and the victor's crown to the team that had accumulated the greatest number of points by the end of the World Championship. As for the secondary focus of the WAYPOINTS Series - to further the recognition of a global collection of heritage 12 Metres and the owners who are working to preserve their histories - it didn't hurt that Courageous is perhaps the most famous 12 Metre in the universe... continue reading
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2019 12mR Worlds "Best Of" Photo Galleries  
2019 12 Metre World Championship
Click either image to view these galleries at full size:
Best of 12mR Worlds Racing Gallery
2019 12 Metre World Championship Newport Harbor Parade
2019 12 Metre World Championship Newport Harbor Parade VIDEO by Quest Magazine

2019 12mR Worlds "Best Of" Press Coverage 
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Weatherly Wins The Opera House Cup 
by Gary Jobson  
As each classic wooden yacht passes Brant Point Lighthouse at the entrance of Nantucket's Great Harbor a large crowd of spectators and a fleet of Rainbows watch with intense interest. Every one of the racing yachts has a unique story. For the crews, it's an uplifting moment as countless pictures are snapped and friendly cheers erupt. This was the scene aboard the 1958 built, successful America's Cup defender, Weatherly (US-17) on Sunday morning, August 18, 2019. A total of 55 beautiful yachts were headed to sea for the start of the 47th running of The Opera House Cup.

Weatherly sailing downwind at the 2019 Opera House Cup_ Nantucket_ MA. _ Photo Courtesy_ Karen Ryan Photography
Weatherly sailing downwind at the 2019 Opera House Cup, Nantucket, MA.
(Photo Courtesy: Karen Ryan Photography)

Many great yachts including; Gleam (US-11), Black Watch, Owl, Valiant (US-24), Heritage (US-23), American Eagle (US-21), Brilliant, Escapade, Fortune, and High Cotton have won this prestigious trophy. Weatherly was a co-winner with Heritage in 2001, which seemed like ancient history to Weatherly's owner, George Hill, and skipper Elliot Gewirtz. I was on board as tactician along with 12 other enthusiastic crew. The anticipation around the waterfront was high, but there was a problem -- no wind. This is a rare issue off Nantucket. Only once (in 1988) was a race cancelled due to a lack of wind. Principal Race Officer, Hank Stuart, kept the competitors informed about the ongoing delay. After nearly two hours the wind seemed to fill from the southwest and Stuart commenced the starting sequences for the six classes of yachts.

Weatherly_s 2019 Opera House Cup winning skipper Elliot Gewirtz and owner George Hill. _Photo Courtesy_ George Hill_
Weatherly's 2019 Opera House Cup winning skipper Elliot Gewirtz and owner George Hill. (Photo Courtesy: George Hill)
The wind was light for the first four classes, and they made little progress on the three-leg course. Only three 12 Metres were in Class 3. Weatherly had a one-boat length lead over Valiant skippered by Gary Gregory with tactician, Robbie Doyle. And then a miracle took place... continue reading

Seen here crossing the finish line at the recent 12 Metre World Championship in Newport R.I._ Onawa _US-6_  finished second overall in the Vintage Division at that regatta. _ Photo Courtesy_ SallyAnne Santos
Onawa (US-6) placed third at the Opera House Cup to complete a 12mR podium sweep-- Valiant (US-24) finished second. (Photo: US-6 crossing finish line at 2019 12mR Worlds, SallyAnne Santos)

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Americas Fleet Update: by Peter Gerard 
Peter Gerard 
2019 has been a spectacular year for the 12 Metres in the U.S. As early as May, 12 Metres from around the world began to converge on Newport in anticipation of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. By the time of NYYC's Annual Regatta in mid-June, most of the boats were in racing form and working on fine tuning their already competitive boats and team.
The Newport Trophy Regatta, hosted by Ida Lewis YC and the 12mR Pre-Worlds, hosted by Sail Newport capped off an intensive preparatory season. And by the time the owners and skippers gathered for the first social event of the Worlds, 22 12 Metre boats and crew, representing the largest gathering of these iconic yachts in U.S. history, were ready to vie for the most competitive World Championship since the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes in 2001.
Teams from six (6) countries, including numerous Olympic and World champions stood ready to compete for the four World Championship trophies. And with 9 races scheduled over 5 days, the selection process promised to be a true test of both crews and boats.
To support these efforts the Ida Lewis YC (led by Commodore Dan Faria) turned out a volunteer team of more than 90 persons, including a first rate race committee  organized by RC Chair Bill O'Hanley and lead by Texas PRO Mark Foster. Thereby insuring that the Regatta would go forward without a hitch.
And while the on the water activities were paramount, no regatta can be a success without awesome parties - and the 2019 12mR Worlds was no exception. The Owners' Party at Ida Lewis set a high bar for camaraderie and food and fun. The Welcome Reception for all the teams hosted by Gurney's Marina and Resort and held at their spectacular facility right on Narragansett Bay moved the bar up numerous notches (particularly when Mother Nature and the Newport Bridge put on a sunset show all will remember). Wednesday after racing the crews were treated to a smorgasbord party hosted by members of the Northern European 12mR fleet that continued the high standard.
However, the event that put the 12mR Worlds over the top was the stellar 12MYC Dinner-Dance at Marble House hosted by Kate Gubelmann and her very able committee. It was a party (as we say in Texas) 'not seen in these parts" since the old America's Cup Balls. A truly memorable event.
The best thing about the 2019 Worlds was that is was a sailors' regatta - where the on the water and off the water activities were all focused on the teams and the racing. And best of all, the regatta results bear that out. At the grand finale party, the Awards Ceremony at IYRS on Saturday, July 13th the following winners were announced:
2019 World Champions
Grand Prix Division: Legacy (KZ-5) - Thomas Andersin, Denmark
Modern Division: Challenge XII (KA-10) - Jack & Lisa LeFort, USA 
Traditional Division: Columbia (US-16) - Tony Chuirco and Kevin Hegarty, USA 
Vintage Division: Nyala (US-12) - Patricio Bertelli, Italy
2017-2019 Road to the Worlds Waypoints Champion
Courageous (US-26) - Ralph Isham, Alex Auersperg, Steve Glascock and Ward Marsh, USA 
And all the teams, volunteers and supporters who helped to make the 2019 12mR World Championship Regatta one of the best ever.
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2019 North American Championship Schedule
Thursday, 9/19
Skipper's Meeting ~ 12MYC / CCH
12MYC Annual Dinner ~ purchase tickets
Friday, 9/20
Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch 79A
Course Signals
First Warning Signal
Team Gathering and Cocktail Reception at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Saturday, 9/21
Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch 79A
Course Signals
First Warning Signal
Sunday, 9/22
Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch 79A
Course Signals
First Warning Signal
Awards and light fare at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Helsinki, Finland to Host 2020 12 Metre World Championship
A Historic Gathering of the 12mR Fleet is Expected 
2020 12mR World Championship logo
Blue Marlin racing at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport_ RI _ photo by_ Chris Tucker
Blue Marlin racing at the 2019 12 Metre Worlds (photo by: Chris Tucker)
HELSINKI (September 3, 2019) - After a phenomenal 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, RI (USA), the NJK yacht club in Helsinki and the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) are moving at full speed to organize the next 12mR Worlds in Helsinki from August 16-23, 2020.
Approximately 15-20 12mR yachts raced by teams from a dozen countries are expected to compete. The European vintage fleet will be well represented and the organizers have high hopes for representatives for Modern and Grand Prix division boats well.
Blue Marlin (FIN-1) and the 2017 European champion Wings (K-15) raced by a Danish-Finnish syndicate, will both sail under the flag of the event host NJK- the oldest yacht club in Finland, founded in 1863.
It has been more than 30 years since the memorable 1988 12mR Worlds at Luleå... continue reading 
2019 America's Fleet Results

June 14 - 16
June 29 - 30
July 6 - 7
July 8 - 13
***2019 12mR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by ILYC
July 15 - 20
September 20 - 22

*** indicates Waypoints Regatta Series Event
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The America's Cup exhibit at Robbe & Berking's Yachting Heritage Centre
"The history of the oldest and one of the most fascinating trophies in sports."
Goose Magazine_ Autumn 2019 With generous loans and help from our lenders and friends Prada, the BMW Group, Bill Lynn and the Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America´s Cup Hall of Fame, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand, Challenger of Record ( COR ) 36, Elizabeth Meyer, Bruno Troublé, Jacques Taglang, Eric Hall, Arthur Lee, Sir Michael Fay, John Lammerts van Bueren, Thorsten Conradi, Russel Green, Larry Keating, Bill Koch, Henk Buitenhuis and many others the Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre is able to present exhibits, images and films of which many have never been accessible to the public before. Next to many other exhibits you will find one of the six copies of the Auld Mug itself and a 1:6 scale model of Reliance made by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. With a sail area of 1.500 m2 Reliance was by far the largest-ever America´s Cup yacht. Click to read the Autumn issue of Robbe & Berking's Goose magazine with exhibit photos and details.
12mR Crew aloft  
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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