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June 2018

Commodore James Gubelmann
Message from the Commodore
James Gubelmann
Happy Summer!

Recently, Vice Commodore Hovey and I enjoyed watching the nine 12mR entries race at NYYC's 164th Annual Regatta. We were joined on-board Mahubas by the Vietor and Sayer families who were there in support of David (Vietor) on American Eagle (US-21) and Richie (Sayer) from Courageous (US-26). It was great fun and very informative to listen to their comments on tactics, boat speeds and tides throughout the 3 days of mixed weather conditions with wind-speeds ranging from 4 - 15+ knots. American Eagle's brilliant finish line maneuver to win the last race and clinch her Traditional Division victory of the regatta was particularly exciting. Among the super-competitive Moderns, Jack LeFort's Darth-Vader like Challenge XII won their Division by just one point ahead of Dennis Williams' Defender (US-33).

We look forward to seeing additional and newly re-fitted 12s on the starting line this season including Enterprise (US-27), Intrepid (US-22), Easterner (US-18) and Lionheart (K-18), who we hear may be sporting a new rig!

The Waypoints to the Worlds series is heating up and with the first three (of 12) 2018 events now "in the books" very serious competitions are emerging in the Vintage Division of the N. Europe fleet as well as in our America's fleet Modern and Traditional Divisions. (Standings below)

In ITMA news, we heartily congratulate our Technical Committee Chairman, Ken McAlpine for his leadership of the herculean task to update and clarify The12mR Rule (adopted unanimously by 22 voting members) as well as for his upcoming induction to the America's Cup Hall of Fame!

After accepting the appointment of Commodore for the 12MYC, one of my first duties was to attend the 2014 12mR World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. It was around a table at the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona that the idea to host the 2019 World Championship in Newport was first envisioned along with our then-new European 12mR friends. Over the past 4 years both our friendships and our respective 12mR fleets have grown exponentially in anticipation of this historic gathering. It is with eager excitement that we look forward to welcoming and hosting our European 12mR friends here in Newport next year!

James Gubelmann 
Jimmy Gubelmann
Commodore, 12MYC Newport

p.s. Please consider joining or renewing your 12MYC Annual Membership for 2018? With your help, we'll continue to support the 12mR Class!
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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 13 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.
Returning to the Newport Fleet this Season!

Easterner Deck
Easterner (US-18)

Scott Bernard, Easterner's new owner, began a refit of US-18 in January (2018) at Bristol Marine in Somerset, MA. The yacht had spent the past few years on the hard with some periods of weather exposure, which necessitated a complete stripping of her hull and deck that is progressing rapidly. She will continue to show her trademark varnished hull and tan deck, and will be rust brown below the waterline with a white boot stripe. The Yanmar engine is being replaced and a debate is going on regarding use of the original wooden boom or a newer aluminum one. Surveys of the hull and rigging showed that US-18 is solid but needs lots of TLC. There is some interest in lending Easterner to the U.S. Naval Academy sailing team for selected east coast races. Scott will continue to keep us updated on progress and initial sea trials in early summer. 
Contact Scott

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Photos & Captions by Stephen Lirakis, 12MYC Historian 
Clipper (US-32) was built at Newport Offshore in 1979, a David Pedrick design built on the foundation of the keel and keel apron of Independence. I believe this was the first time parts were re-purposed in the 12 metre class. Subsequently the concept would be utilized by the America II group to interchange parts in their 2 boat testing program.

Independence Cut-up 
Independence cut-up

Independence Keel 
Independence keel 

Independence fitted to the frames of the future Clipper 
Independence fitted to the frames of the future Clipper

Clipper at Bannister_s Wharf 
Clipper at Bannister's Wharf

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After a winter to tune up and gear up their boats, the 12mR fleet came out firing on all cylinders at the first Road to the Worlds regatta of the 2018 season, the New York Yacht Club's 164th Annual Regatta.


New Zealand (KZ-3) lead the 9 boat fleet in the "Around the Island" race that always kicks off the NYYC Annual Regatta. Mother Nature chose to make the around the buoys racing more challenging than expected, with a weekend of light fluky breezes that only allowed the RC to get in three races.


Despite the abbreviated schedule, Lisa and Jack LeFort's Challenge XII (KA-10) served notice that they were a force to contend with, taking two bullets and the first place trophy in the Modern Division. But least KA-10 get complacent, Dennis Williams and his Team Defender(US-33) made their presence know as well, finishing only one point behind the winner.


In the Traditional Division, American Eagle (US-21) let the fleet know they were a force to be reckoned with, winning two out of the three races and the regatta. The other three boats in the division, Weatherly (US-17), Nefertiti (US-19) and Columbia (US-16) showed just how competitive this division has become with all of them finishing within two points of each other.


Our next event is the Newport Trophy Regatta in mid-July. It is being held as part of the NYYC's Race Week. This event should see Easterner (US-18) on the line for the first time in a number of years. Scott Bernard, Easterner's new owner has had her in the shed all winter getting ready to join the Tradition Division for the balance of the Road to the Worlds and the Worlds.


Also in the wings are Jack Curtin's Intrepid (US- 22) and Tim Rutter's Enterprise (US-27). Both have been going through major refits and should rejoin the Modern Division later in the season. We are anticipating between 11 and 13 Twelve Metres will compete at the North American Championship in September.


And finally, the 2019 Worlds are just over 12 months away. As of today, we have serious indications of interest from over 15 European-based boats. This combined with our growing US fleet, could mean almost 30 12 Metre Yachts on the starting line at the 2019 Worlds.


In addition, we are also extending an invitation to the non-racing 12's in the area to participate in a rendezvous of the 12 Metre Class at the same time as the Worlds. We are hoping to attract 7-8 boats in addition to the racing fleet to the rendezvous, making it one of the largest gatherings of 12 Metre Yachts ever.


The momentum is building as we get closer to 2019. The Road to the Worlds Series is heating up and World fever is building. The regatta committee is seeking volunteers and sponsors to help with the Worlds. The great entertainment opportunities both on and around the boats make this an excellent corporate appreciation and marketing opportunity. For additional information on how you make the Worlds work for you, please contact Sam Holiday at Manuka Sports Event Management or Peter Gerard.

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CONSTELLATION: Money, Genius, Craftsmanship & Patriotism
part 1
New York Herald Tribune 
Paris, Friday, March 13, 1964 - pg.9 
(part 1 ~ transcribed text below)   Constellation_ Money_ Genius_ Craftsmanship _ Patriotism  
By Anthony Bailey- from the Herald Tribune Bureau

New York. - The formula that defines the Twelve Metre class of racing yachts, the class that will compete in the America's Cup matches coming up in September, is expressed by the equation:

12 Metre Formula
Which takes into account such factors as length (L), skin girth and chain girth (d), sail area and freeboard. It might just as well be expressed: money, plus genius, plus craftsmanship, multiplied by X (which includes desire for fame, love of he sea, patriotism, competitiveness, etc.).

The money and the X-factor are where the yacht begins, as you can see in Walter Gubelmann's pink-walled office on the 19th floor of the Seagram Building, the Twelve-Meter of Park Avenue towers. Over the couch there is a painting of Windigo, Gubelmann's crack 70-foot ocean-racing yawl. On a side table rests a leather-bound volume of clippings concerning Seven Seas, the three masted, square-rigged ship that belonged to Gubelmann pere (inventor of adding and subtracting machines), and on which with 27 crew, Walter Gubelmann as a young man raced young Huntington Hartford's Joseph Conrad, the only other privately-owned square rigger at hand. Next year there may well be a scrapbook and a portrait of Constellation, a new "Twelve" designed as a candidate to defend the America's Cup against the British this fall.

Working Name
"Constellation is only the working name, mind you," says Gubelmann, with the air of a man constantly balanced between reservation and decision. "We can change it at any time up the launching." Constellation was also the name of the United States frigate, nicknamed "The Yankee Racehorse," which the British blockading fleet kept bottled up in Hampton Roads through the entire War of 1812, but for all that, it isn't a bad name for a syndicate-owned craft that will cost roughly $500,000 to design, build, equip and campaign for one sailing season on Long Island and Block Island Sounds.

I've been thinking about the America's Cup since 1957, without doing anything about it," Gubelmann said recently. "Then last summer there seemed to be a great lethargy over here in the face of what appeared to be a very serious British challenge. They haven't won back the Cup in nearly a century of trying, but for 1964, they are trying harder than ever. And we were resting on our laurels after the workout the Australians gave us in '62.

My crew on Windigo talks about it. The New York Yacht Club is in charge of the Cup and its defense, and when I talked to the people there, they said: "Go ahead, the more contending boats we have the better." So I went to Delphi, that is to Harold Vanderbilt. He twice defended the Cup successfully - once with an inferior boat- against the British the 1930s. Mr. Vanderbilt said he would take a share if I formed a syndicate. That did it- I felt pretty good...

Read more now or tune in next time for Part 2. 
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Sail Spars Design
Weatherly (12US17), is a remarkable classic wooden yacht - an America's Cup winner, ocean racer, highly successful charter yacht, and frequent division winner in 12 Metre regattas. Weatherly is listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels. She is a capable coastal cruiser and potential winner in any classic sailing event that she enters. Through her successful charter career spanning three decades, Weatherly has been not only financially self supporting, but continuously improved. Cosmetically she sparkles whether underway or at rest. Down below, her utilitarian but tastefully detailed interior exudes a remarkably warm feeling. Rustic coastal cruising is within her ability as is, while relatively minor alterations could provide for more extensive travel. Her race winning record continues. Victorious over her division in the recent 2017 12 Metre North American Championship held in Newport, RI, she is now offered for sale at a very reasonable price while at the top of her game. learn more

American Eagle 
American Eagle (US-21), the iconic red 12 Metre helmed by Ted Turner, is on the market and looking to continue a long and storied racing and chartering career. This listing comes at the perfect time to begin organizing and executing a competitive campaign for the 2019 12 Metre Worlds; an event she won when it was last held in Newport in 2009. Her offering includes the opportunity to continue with a Syndicate Charter (with their own suit of racing sails) in place through to the 2019 World Championships. American Eagle rates in the 12mR Traditional division. learn more

The Victory - Defender Program is getting ready for the Road to the Worlds and we find ourselves over supplied with boats. Our goal is to build the Class and so we are offering 2 of our 3 boats for sale! Our program is committed to the Modern Division and so first up is the Grand Prix USA (US-61) for sale. Now this is where it gets interesting: We have two very competitive Moderns in Victory' 83 (K-22) and Defender (US-33). We do not have a preference on which boat we use moving forward and so we are offering both for sale and will keep the one that doesn't sell first! This is a unique opportunity to join the Modern Division with the heavy lifting already done. Victory '83 is complete and race ready - just add water! Defender is a work in progress that is most of the way there. Details on the three boats below:
Victory _83 
Victory '83 (K-22) was designed by Ian Howlett for the 1983 British America's Cup Challenge. She received a complete refit and modernization in 2008 including a new deck layout known as the Victory Job. Fully optimized under Appendix E. She is immaculate in every respect with a Sail Spars triple spreader rig, composite boom and 2 custom 12M poles. All systems are state of the art including 6 man input available to the main, primaries and pit. She has an extensive sail inventory featuring 2 carbon mains, one new at the 2016 NA's. World Champion in 1984 in a fleet stacked with AC teams. Current World Champion in the Modern Division. Numerous North American and Fleet Championships including 2016 - her last season in the water. Benched in 2017 so the Team could focus on Defender. learn more

Defender (US-33) was designed for the 1983 Cup and originally campaigned by Tom Blackaller and Gary Jobson. Extensive updates including Appendix E optimization. Winner of the 2017 NYYC Around the Island Race in her first outing after the refit. Winner under IRC of the NYYC Queen's Cup - a dual purpose boat! Second in her first regatta, tied for second in the Newport Cup and 2nd in the North Americans with a 1, 2, MOB. She was designed for Newport and she has proven very fast in a variety of conditions. New composite high aspect rudder and steering system for the NA's. Full winch, hydraulic and instrumentation systems. Sail Spars triple spreader rig, composite boom and new 12M composite pole. New main and three headsails for the NA's. learn more

USA (US-61) is the canard boat sailed by Tom Blackhaller and Paul Cayard in the 1987 America's Cup Trials. Refit in 2000 for the America's Cup Jubilee. A strong competitor in the Grand Prix Division.  Sail Spars 2 spreader rig, composite boom and pole. Currently in storage in Portsmouth, RI. Here is an opportunity to own a competitive Grand Prix yacht at an attractive price. Perfect candidate for an appendage update with a beautiful Derecktor built hull and deck. learn more

Gleam (US-11),was built by Henry B. Nevins boatyard in 1937 and designed by Clinton Crane for his own personal use. She was involved in the America's Cup as a trial horse in 1958 for the English 12-metre, Septre. The late Bob Tiedemann purchased her in 1974 and lovingly restored her while sailing her in the charter business along the East Coast of the United States. She has a very impressive racing history and has dozens of trophies to prove it. Gleam rates in the 12mR Vintage division. learn more

Northern Light
Northern Light (US-14) was designed by Sparkman Stephens and built by the Henry B. Nevins boatyard in 1938 as a 24th birthday present for Alfred Lee Loomis from his father. She was a trial horse for Columbia in 1958 for the America's Cup under the name of Nereus while she was owned by the Greek shipping tycoon, Stavaros Niarcos. She was again involved in Cup service in 1962 and 1964. Northern Light rates in the 12mR Vintage division. learn more 
Got Gear_
Do you have extra 12mR gear gathering dust in a container? Would you like to sell or lend it to another 12mR program just getting underway?


Is your 12mR program in need of practice gear?

In either case, email us!

Based on your responses, we will set-up a webpage at 12MYC.org to list pre-owned 12mR gear wanted or available in the Newport area.


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