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November 2018 E-News

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November 2018

Message from the Commodore

James Gubelmann

Dear 12mR Friends,

With the 2018 sailing season behind us, we are

now in the most critical planning phase of our 4-1/2
year effort in support of the 12mR Class and the
2019 World Championship in Newport. The Road
to the Worlds series has been closely contested in
both the American and European fleets. We look forward to engraving the first Waypoints
winner on the antique perpetual trophy (with an interesting local provenance) that we
have acquired to commemorate and display in our 12MYC Clubroom at the Clarke Cooke
House. Although the model is of the yacht America, we chose it as a reminder of the
early years of international yachting competition when boats were required to arrive at
the racecourse on their own bottom, whether it traversed a bay or an entire ocean to get

Read on for a wrap-up of our 2018 season and updates on the many plans in progress
for the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, now just 248 days away!


Jimmy Gubelmann
Commodore, 12MYC Newport
and your 12MYC Newport Station Friends

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p.s. Please consider joining or renewing your 12MYC Annual Membership; with your help,
we'll continue to support the 12mR Class!

Introducing the 12mR WAYPOINTS Perpetual Trophy

An excellent silverplate model of the

famous schooner America, it is unique in
that the yacht is complete even below the
trophy's water line and comes apart from its
silver and mahogany base made to look like
waves on an active sea. The model bears
America's famous eagle carving on the
stern along with great on deck details such
as the yacht's tiller arm and capstan.

The maker's mark PAIRPOINT is stamped

onto the keel, visible when the model is
removed from its base. Pairpoint
Manufacturing Company was founded in
1880 by Thomas J. Pairpoint in New
Bedford, Massachusetts. It soon joined with
the glassworks nearby and made glass,
silver-plated pieces, and lamps. Still in business today, Pairpoint is America's oldest glass
company. Pairpoint pieces are in the collections of more than 30 museums including the
Smithsonian, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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 MYC 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

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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)

One Year Individual Membership $75

All 12MYC annual memberships now coincide with calendar year (January - December).


World Sailing has recently approved the newly updated

2018 12mR Class Rule effective November 1, 2018.

ITMA President, Dyer Jones is currently attending the

World Sailing Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida
representing the 12mR Class at numerous meetings.

Among his agenda items is World Sailing's possible

acceptance of divisional 12mR World Champions.


With a little over 8 months to go, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club,
ITMA, the Americas Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club are
gearing up for the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metre
Yachts in the United States at the 2019 12 Metre World

Scheduled for July 8-13, Ida Lewis Yacht Club will host the
racing from Tuesday, July 9th through Saturday, July 13th
in Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.

We are currently anticipating 24 iconic racing yachts from 6 countries including 8

Grand Prix (1987, winged keel) 7 Modern (1967-1983), 5 Traditional (1958-1966)
and 4 Vintage (1907-1958). This prestigious fleet represents 7 America's Cup
wins. In recent news, we have received confirmation that the defending 12mR
World Champion (Barcelona 2014) Patricio Bertelli's Nyala, will be in Newport
next summer to defend her title! We have also lately learned that KZ-5 will be
chartered for the Worlds by 3-time Olympic medalist Jesper Bank.

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Click for list of anticipated 12mR Worlds Contenders as at: 10/31/18.

Bookmark the 2019 12mR Worlds website for updates under the NEWS tab.

12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

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12MYC Annual Dinner, September 20, 2018

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Click to view more 2018 12MYC Annual Dinner photos.

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12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

America's Cup Formula Includes Money, Genius, Craftsmanship, Patriotism
part 3

New York Herald Tribune

Paris, Friday, March 13, 1964 - pg.9
(part 3 ~ transcribed text below)

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By Anthony Bailey- from the Herald Tribune Bureau

part 3:

Renewed Interest
Olin Stephens once wanted to be a good painter, and studied under Heliker and Kuniyoshi. But he
lacks the conventional "artistic" appearance. With brown suit, bow tie, glasses, a quiet, efficient
manner, he might be a foreign service career officer, or a scholar of the medieval history he enjoys
reading. Running the world's largest yacht design firm ties him down to his office on lower
Madison Ave. most of the time. What leisure he has is spent on his farm in Sheffield, Mass. And
he doesn't own a boat.

But Stephens regards any view of himself as disinterested in boats as either exaggerated or
somewhat out of date. "There was a time, during the war, after it, and through the Korean affair
when we did a lot of Navy work. I was busy running the office, keeping men employed, doing
stacks of paperwork and I didn't have much time for yacht design. But then all that slacked off, and
the America's Cup matches were revived. The commission to design Columbia sparked my
interest again. When Mr. Gubelmann asked me if I would design a new Twelve, naturally, I said
yes." Stephens is not the man to point out that he is the most logical choice to design a boat for a

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new America's Cup defense, and that on that assumption he had already been doodling with and
pondering the design. Once commissioned, he spent three involved months with "the tank."
Stephens was the first yacht designer to tank-test hull models.

Stephens Institute
He helped Dr. Kenneth Davidson develop the research facilities at Stevens Institute of Technology
in Hoboken, which are the best in the world, and indeed his identification with the place and the
similarity of the names is such that foreign journals occasionally describe his boats as designed by
the Stephens Institute. There, six-foot-long models costing $1200 each are put through various
tests to determine resistance, lateral force, and leeway angle. The trials are also a test of
accuracy; before the 1958 series, the Davidson lab found that dust collecting on models overnight
could cause a one percent error in model resistance. For this series David Boyd, the British
designer has also used the Hoboken tank, so the advantage has not been all Olin Stephens's.

The Cup rules are being tightened, however, and after this year all design work including tank-
testing will have to be done in the challenging country.* England by then will have an adequate
take of its own. Any other country, such as Australia and Italy, will be seriously handicapped, since
they have no such facilities. Stephens is worried about this. He says: "I used to think Twelve-Metre
design was just a matter of refining what we already knew. The rule is very tight. But I'm beginning
to think there are areas in which breakthroughs can be made. The tank has made this knowledge
possible- it has shown, I think, that the V-sectioned keel is an advantage, and it should be able to
show us a lot more.

Read more now or tune in next time for Part 4.

12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

First Aluminum 12 Metres, 1974

by Stephen Lirakis, 12MYC Historian

Courageous and Mariner were built beginning in the fall of 1973; both in aluminum. I
lofted and built Courageous designed by Olin Stephens. During that time I was also
taking a course in tank testing at Stevens Institute taught by Peter Desaix, who was

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responsible for the towing tank.

Peter would begin each class rubbing his hands together as he announced "Brit Chance
has a breakthrough, but I can't tell you what it is."

The disaster that was Mariner is still a famous

moment in the history of the America's Cup. Many
years later Peter Desaix confessed that there was an
error in the results from the tank. However the
Ted wondering where it all went
damage was done. Brit Chance's reputation was
wrong in 1974
nearly destroyed. Anyone who knew Brit, would
acknowledge that he was very bright. It would follow that he would never have pursued

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the line of thinking presented by empirical data provided by the tank had the full truth
been known.

Ted Turner was Mariner's skipper and 1974 was a bitter pill and proved to be pivotal in
his decision to sail Courageous in 1977. --SL

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12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:


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June 7 - 10 *** NYYC 164th ANNUAL REGATTA- results

July 20 - 21 ***NEWPORT TROPHY AT NYYC RACE WEEK - results

August 9 - 12 *** EDGARTOWN YC 12MR REGATTA - results

September 20-23 ***2018 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP - wrap-up report

*** indicates Waypoints Regatta Series Event

12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

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Click to view 12mR North Americans Photo Gallery


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

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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.


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


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 to list
pre-owned 12mR gear wanted or
available in the Newport area.


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