• 12 Metre Worlds Return To Newport This July

    The 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta and 12 Metre World Championship (organized by the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club) promises the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S., with two dozen teams from seven countries competing. Entries include Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending world champion, and four yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).

    Newport hosted nine America’s Cup competitions in 12 Metres from 1958 to 1983 and is world renowned for its connection to one of the oldest trophies in sporting history.
    During the Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, most of the fleet will be berthed at Fort Adams where visitors will be able to view the yachts before and after racing. A large on-water spectator fleet is expected, and land-based spectators can catch the fleet sailing to and from racing at vantage points along the shores closest to Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, including Fort Adams, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill.

    12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta and 12 Metre World Championship

    July 5-13, 2019
    Newport, R.I

    Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7 (racing July 6-7)

    World Championship
    Monday, July 8 - Saturday, July 13 (racing July 9-13)

    The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8- 13, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States featuring more than two-dozen boats from seven countries. International teams comprised of elite sailors including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists will represent Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years 1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers, and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup competitions from 1958-1983.

    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).

    For more information: https://12mrworlds.com/
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