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Summer 2015

Commodore James Gubelmann
Message from the Commodore
James Gubelmann

The 12 Metre sailing season got off to a great start with nine of our fleet racing in three classes at New York Yacht Club's 161st Annual Regatta. For the first time, NYYC added "stadium racing" to the event schedule. By conducting the races close to shore, it enabled a land-based audience at Fort Adams to view the action, much like at the America's Cup World Series and recent Volvo Ocean In-Port Race. It is terrific to share the spectacular sight of the 12s racing with folks ashore who may not otherwise have the opportunity to view the competition. We have posted results and photos of this event on our website, 12myc.org and will continue to post others throughout the summer, so keep checking back!
NYYC 161st Annual Regatta
NYYC 161st Annual Regatta, photo by Makena Masterson

Our Treasurer, and intrepid video journalist, Jamie Hilton has produced the second video in his series of interviews with 12 metre owners and sailors. The new video, now posted on our new 12MYC YouTube channel ( and website) features members of the Courageous syndicate Ralph Isham, Ward Marsh and Stephen Glascock. If you would like a staring role in a future Hilton  production, email Jamie here.

Make 12myc.org your first stop for information on the Newport 12 metre fleet, news, history, videos, photos, racing schedules, result links, social events, 12s for sale, membership and more. We have included dedicated pages for each yacht in the Newport fleet and welcome owners, captains and crews to provide additional information to be included on their respective boat pages. Also, if you would like to submit an article for publication on our news blog and/or in a future issue of this e-newsletter, please email us, we'd like to hear from you!


In International news, Patrick Howaldt, ITMA Vice President of the N. European 12 Metre fleet has opened the Copenhagen Station of the 12 Metre Yacht Club. He is also organizing the Robbe & Berking European Open Championship where 14 Vintage 12s are set to compete this month. We salute his passion and energy and congratulate him on this fantastic event! 

James Gubelmann Finally, please don't forget to renew your annual membership, it is only with your support that we can keep the 12MYC moving forward in support of the Newport 12 Metre fleet.
12 Metre Yacht Club Membership
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Your annual membership helps us to continue our mission...  


To provide and facilitate discussion and a social environment for 12 Metre owners and others interested in the history of the 12 Metre Class and encourage continued involvement in preserving, restoring and racing 12 Metre yachts in the Newport area.

Benefits of Membership of the 12 Metre Yacht Club Newport Station:
  • Unmatched fellowship of the 12 Metre Community
  • Invitations to all 12 Metre YC Social & Educational Events
  • Subscription to 12 Metre YC E-Newsletter
  • Access to IYRS Research Library / Twelve Metre Collection
  • Access to Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
  • Preferred reservations at 12 Metre YC Room at Clarke Cooke House
  • Exclusive opportunity to advertise in 12 Metre YC E-Newsletter (this publication) 
  For 2015 Membership, please send check payable to:
12 Metre Yacht Club Newport, c/o 12MYC Secretary, 69 Mill Street, Newport, RI 02840 or email 12myachtclub@gmail.com to arrange for credit card payment.

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6 + 8 + 12 = 2017? 
A Message from 12MYC Treasurer, Jamie Hilton
Jamie HiltonThere exists a wonderful synergy and overlap of interest and experience between the three active Metre Classes of the International Rule. The Sixes, Eights and Twelves each have very active racing fleets and many sailors, including myself, that race in more than one of these 3 Classes. Why not bring them together in Newport for an International Metre Week Regatta? With this vision in mind, I have recently initiated conversations exploring ways in which just such an event could be organized to coincide with the New York Yacht Club's 163rd Annual Regatta in June 2017.

6 Metre The Sixes
The initial idea was presented to me by Christian Teichmann, a German 6 Metre sailor, who noted that he had a great experience sailing at the 2009 Six Metre World Cup in Newport. He thought that it would be great if the Sixes came back to race in Newport while in transit to Vancouver, B.C. for 6 the Metre World Championship in July of 2017. Subsequent to that conversation, the International Six Metre Association (ISMA) took up the topic at their AGM in La Trinite sur Mer, France. At that meeting, the majority of those present were excited by the idea of racing at Newport in June of 2017. Potentially, these European boats could be met on our race course by 10 or more Sixes currently within 150 miles of Narragansett Bay.

The Eights
Coincidentally and concurrently, I made the acquaintance of Hugh Beaton, an avid 8 Meter sailor in Toronto, Ontario. Hugh told me that the Eight Metre Class may also be looking for an excuse to come race in Newport and explained that June 2017 would work well within their existing racing schedule.

12 Metre The Twelves
At the June 2015 North American 12 Metre Fleet meeting, I presented the idea for a Multi-Metre Regatta to the assembled 12 Metre owners. The idea was met with great enthusiasm... but, as we know, it takes a great deal of resources and organization to create a successful sailing event of this size.

Metre Week
If you share the vision for this event and would like to participate in making it happen, please contact me asap.

Respectfully submitted, 


James A. Hilton, Treasurer


12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station 

Making A Comeback: Easterner, US12-18

Easterner, US12-18, a Third Rule AC Twelve, designed by C. Raymond Hunt was originally owned by the Chandler Hovey family and raced in the Defender Selection Trials for the America's Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1964. Chandler Hovey III, our Vice Commodore maintains a keen interest in Easterner.


In 2014, Thorpe Leeson of Newport, RI purchased her, and in a recent communication, we learned about the current status of this historic 12...


Leeson reported, "Recently we trucked Easterner from Maine to the Bristol Marine Yard in Somerset, Massachusetts. She's not very pretty on the outside, but we have cleaned out and repainted her interior. Nearly all of her varnish has peeled since she was in storage for almost five years, but structurally she appears to be just fine. Soon we will have the engine craned out and then we will move her into a shed where her topsides will be stripped and re-varnished."


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Featured Video: The Courageous Syndicate
Stephen Glascock
In the second of our series of video chats with 12 Metre owners, Jamie Hilton sat down with US-26, Courageous syndicate members Ralph Isham, Ward Marsh and Stephen Glascock to discuss their shared experience of sailing and racing a 12 metre yacht together in the Newport fleet... watch video 
NEW Twelve Metre Launched: Anker Project #434

Anker Project #434
Anker Project #434, photo by: Lilli Berking 

It was a very special moment in yachting history, when the first newly-constructed wooden 12-metre in more than 50 years was launched at the Heritage Yachting Centre in Flensburg, Germany last month. Robbe & Berking Classics was able to source and secure all of the drawings for design number 434 by Johan Anker, dating from 1939. On one hand this is a brand new yacht fresh out of the yard's building shed, but on the other she looks just as she would have, were she built 75 years ago.... read more

12 Metre Yacht Club Annual Dinner
The 12 Metre Yacht Club's Annual Dinner will again take place in conjunction with the North American Championship, at the Clarke Cooke House on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Email us with your address, if you would like to receive an  invitation for this event later this summer.
2015 12 Metre Regatta Calendar
July 10-12
Newport Regatta, Sail Newport
August 7-9
Edgartown Yacht Club 12 Metre Regatta, EYC
August 13-14
Nantucket 12 Metre Regatta, NRW & NYC
August 16
42nd Annual Opera House Cup, NCS
September 5-6
Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta, Sail Newport
September 25-27
12 Metre North American Championship, Ida Lewis YC
October 3
Sail for Hope, Sail Newport
Plastic Fantastic: KZ-7, Kiwi Magic for Sale

Kiwi MagicKZ-7 is world-famous for being the last and best-built of the three "plastic fantastics." Since her original glory days blasting around Perth, Australia (during the 1987 Americas Cup) she has been updated with new winches, sails and deck hardware by several loving owners that spared no expense to keep her in near-perfect condition. She was last sailed at the 2012 12 Metre North American Championship, which she won handily. Since then, she has spent much of her time stored in a heated shed in Rhode Island. Kiwi Magic, KZ-7, the very best and last composite-built 12 metre in the world, is "seriously for sale"... click for more details and photos.

Get in the Game... Charter a 12
  Put your team together and join us on the starting line this season!

Immerse yourself in Newport's 12 metre tradition for one race, a long-weekend or for a series of events throughout the season. You will enjoy exciting sailing on America's Cup yachts, the camaraderie of racing sailors and glamorous social events at the most prestigious yacht clubs in New England. The charter companies below offer expertly maintained yachts, top-knotch service and years of experience in customizing an unforgettable 12 metre sailing experience for you, your family, friends, colleagues or clients. Just click on any of the links below to learn more...

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