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May 14, 2019

Message from the Commodore

James Gubelmann

Dear 12mR Friends,

At last, our 5-year effort begun in 2014 to host an

International fleet of 12 Metres racing for the World
Championship in Newport, RI is starting to take
shape! As I write, boats from both the Baltic and
Mediterranean are making their way to Narragansett
Bay via our shipping partner Sevenstar Yacht Transport. Blue Marlin (K-17), Kiwi Magic
(KZ-7) and Vema III (N-11) will be the first to arrive in Portsmouth on or around May 25.
Nyala (US-12) and Kookaburra II (KA-12) are slated to join us later in June, just prior tor the
12mR Pre-Worlds Regatta. As these pending arrivals remind us, our schedule is really
drawing in! With that said, we have a few important reminders for our competitors below:

Ahoy All World Championship Teams!

In order to assure the success of the quickly-approaching 2019 12 Metre World

Championship, there are three items that require your immediate attention.

1. The Notice of Race (NOR) and subsequent Amendments are posted online. If you
have not yet done so, please register today.
2. If you have not yet provided your completed crew questionnaire and high-res crew
photo, we need it immediately. If not received by May 15, your team will not be
represented in the official 12 Metre Worlds program, published in the July issue
of QUEST magazine. Please send information to: SallyAnne Santos right away!
3. Tickets for the 12MYC Dinner-Dance at Marble House are virtually sold-out. If you
would like to purchase Dinner tickets, contact event organizer Elizabeth Allen.
Dessert-Dance tickets are still available online here.

Stay tuned, the 2019 12 Metre World Championship is now just 55 days away!


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

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

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12 Metre World Championship Press Release: May 14, 2019

A Celebration of Yachting History ~
Decades Later, Champions Return to Claim 12 Metre World Title

NEWPORT, RI (May 14, 2019) - When the 12 Metre World Championship takes place in Newport
over July 8-13, it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old
International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world's
foremost naval architects 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).

"It's going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metres - the largest
gathering ever in the U.S. - converge in Newport and it becomes clear that they are still being sailed at
such a high level," said Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.), who will serve as tactician aboard Courageous
(US-26), an Olin Stephens design that will be helmed by Arthur Santry (Washington, D.C./Newport,
R.I.) in the Modern class, for 12 Metres built between 1967 and 1983. (Santry also crewed on the 12
Metre Independence (US-28) in 1977.)

Courageous was the first all-aluminum hulled 12 Metre and the second 12 Metre to successfully defend
the America's Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977. The first 12 Metre, also an Olin Stephens design, was the
wooden-hulled Intrepid (US-22), which successfully defended in 1967 and '70 and will also sail in the
Modern Division with skipper Jack Curtin (Toronto, Ontario/New York, N.Y.) at the helm.
"Courageous is in the best shape she's ever been in," said Jobson, explaining that her benefactors
Ralph Isham, Steve Glascock, Alexander Auersperg and Ward Marsh (all Newport, R.I.), who also
crew aboard her, lead a syndicate formed 15 years ago to charter the yacht after it was donated to the
Museum of Yachting. "There has been some work on her keel, rudder and trim tab over this past
winter, and she will be sporting new winches and sails. Our goal is to win every race, but you never
know in this division. Otherwise, it's to be a strong contender, to put on a good show and get better
with each race."

Ted Turner's 1977 America's Cup winning Courageous crew

(This photo was provided by Gary Jobson. Did YOU take it? If so let us know; we'll credit you!)

It just so happens Jobson was the tactician on Courageous in 1977 when Ted Turner defeated Alan
Bond's Australia (KA-5) four races to zero in a best-of-seven series. Turner's America's Cup victory (his
second try) came long before he was a television media mogul, but with his famously quick wit and tell-
it-like-it-is character, he was already well on his way to becoming an authentic American sailing hero.
Turner plans to return to Newport to watch the Worlds, and he will be pleased to see Jobson and his
fellow sailors from that era making Courageous spotlight-worthy again.

Significantly, four others on the Courageous crew of 16 have won the "Auld Mug" at some point in their
lives. Jon Wright, who will serve as jib trimmer, sailed on three America's Cup winners: Courageous in
'74, Freedom (US-30) in '80 and Stars & Stripes (US-55) in '87 (he also sailed on Independence in '77
and Liberty (US-40) in'83.) LJ Edgcomb, who will serve as navigator, sailed on Courageous in '74 and
'77 (he also sailed on Courageous again in '80). Robbie Doyle will serve as main trimmer, just as he
did on Courageous in '77 (he also sailed on Mariner (US-25) in '74 and Courageous again in '80); Stu
Argo, who will serve as jib trimmer, sailed on America3 in '92 (he coached the All Women's team on
America3 in '95 and raced on Oracle Team USA in 2007).

According to Jack Curtin, who salvaged Intrepid in as a "massive labor of love" after it ran aground on
Nantucket, his crew hasn't changed much from when it was first assembled in 1998, after a two-year
complete restoration of the yacht. "I'm most proud that we don't bring in any rock stars," said Curtin.
"It's staggering the amount of time people are willing to sacrifice for this summer's racing schedule, but
that's how strongly everyone feels about each other."
Jack Curtin (helm) with Scott Perry racing Intrepid at the 2017 12mR North American Championship

Among Intrepid's crew members are two father-son combinations. Travis Pierce, son of starboard
trimmer Reggie Pierce (Courageous '74, Independence '77),will work the bow, while Ian O'Brien, son
of port trimmer Tom O'Brien (Courageous '74, Independence '77),will work the pit. Other America's
Cup veterans crewing are tactician Scott Perry (Independence '77) and main trimmer Skip Beck
(Clipper (US-32) '80).

"We've started practicing already, so we are serious, and we've done whatever we thought we could do
to make us more competitive," said Curtin, noting he has now completed major improvements to
Intrepid a total of four times (including this year in preparation for the Worlds). He pointed out other
American owners such as Dennis Williams, Charles Robertson, Jack LeFort and Gunther
Buerman - owners, respectively, of Victory '83 (K-22), Freedom (US-30), Challenge XII (KA-10) and
New Zealand (KZ-3) - who have invested great amounts of money and effort into either restoring or
totally rebuilding the magnificent 12 Metres that will be racing in the Worlds.

"In addition to being as beautiful and significant as ever, the fleet is the fastest it has ever been," said
Curtin. "Every boat that's racing is in better shape than when it first sailed decades ago."

The 12 Metre World Championship is hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve
Metre Association (ITMA) America's Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club.

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship is sponsored by Chateau d'Esclans -Whispering Angel,
Grand Banks Yachts, Gurney's Marina and Resort, MJM Yachts and North Sails. Official suppliers
include Bacardi, Harborside Marina, Helly Hansen Newport, McMillen Yachts, Sevenstar Yacht
Transport, Stella Artois, Trident Studio and Vhernier Milano. Event venue partners are Clarke
Cooke House, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport
Shipyard, Sail Newport and Seamen's Church Institute. For more information please visit:

A full list of competitors is here:

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #12mRWorldChampionship,


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12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter: MAYBE NEW AD?

Americas Fleet Update: by Peter Gerard
As the summer nears, the excitement over the largest gathering
12 Metre in the US for the 2019 World Championship
continues to grow.

The US based boats are already planning to launch and begin

boat tuning and crew practice. The boats coming from the
Baltic are now on the high seas, with the boats coming from the
Med, close behind.

The Regatta Team from Ida Lewis YC has been working on organizing and social
arrangements all winter, and the fruits of this labor will be seen and appreciated by all
the competitors and supporters very soon.

As Sherlock Holmes says, "the game is a foot", and what an exciting and fun game it
will be. --PG

Follow 2019 12mR Worlds blog for notice of updates direct to your in-box .

Calling All 12mR Snappers & Shutterbugs!

Please help us with our 60 years of Newport 12s photo gallery for our websites,
social media and for possible inclusion in the official 2019 12 Metre World
Championship program in the July issue of QUEST magazine.
Were We Ever That Young?
by Steve Lirakis
Left to right: Peter Lawson, Duby Joslin peeking over the shoulder of Reg Pierce,
Tom O'Brien, Arthur Santry and Teddy Hood onboard Independence (US-28) with
Courageous (US-26) following- 1977.

If you have ANY Newport 12 Metre photos from 1958 - 2018 sailing, on the docks or
hard, candid crew shots, etc. we'd love to see and share them! Please send highest
resolution possible, with caption and your photo credit to us at and you just may see your photo(s) online or in
print in QUEST magazine!

No digital file? No worries!

Contact us and we will scan your print(s) or slide(s) and return to you.

Just Announced: History of the 12 Metres Panel Discussion

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) has just announced that
they will be hosting a panel discussion on The History of 12 Metres with
David Elwell, Peter Gerard and Dyer Jones, moderated by Jamie Hilton.
The event, scheduled for Thursday, June 27 starting at 6pm will be held
Restoration Hall on 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Space is limited, early
registration is advised. More details and tickets are available for purchase

12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

12 Metre Owner's Interview Series by Jamie Hilton

Interview with Gunther Buerman, owner of New Zealand (KZ-3)


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.

12 Metre Yacht Club Supporter:

Photos by Stephen Lirakis, 12MYC Historian

Northern Light (US-14) and Onawa (US-6)

Challenge XII (KA-10) and Freedom (US-30)

Moderns Racing Downwind


12mR Worlds Team Photos:

From Italy and Canada to Newport, Here They Come!
Below are recent team photos we have received in response to our
2019 12mR World Championship Competitor Questionnaire!
Top: Nyala Team, Courageous Syndicate; Middle: Team Columbia, Kook aburra II Team; Bottom:
Intrepid Team, Kook aburra II (outer circle) and Nyala (inner circle) Teams

ATTENTION Owners & Program Managers: if you have not yet done so, please complete and return the
2019 12 Metre World Championship Competitor Questionnaire with a high-res photo to represent
your team asap. We have tight deadlines to meet for our programme inclusion in QUEST magazine and
request your help to insure that all teams will be included.
Please contact SallyAnne Santos for assistance or questions.

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June 14 - 16 *** NYYC 165th ANNUAL REGATTA

June 29 - 30 ***NEWPORT 12mR TROPHY hosted by ILYC

July 6 - 7 *** PRE-WORDS at SAIL NEWPORT Regatta

July 8 - 13 ***2019 12mR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by ILYC

July 15 - 20 NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta / 12mR Jubilee

September 20 - 22 12mR NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by ILYC

*** indicates Waypoints Regatta Series Event

Don't Forget: the Waypoints to the Worlds

Trophy is Still Up for Grabs!

The competition resumes June 14-16 at the NYYC 165th

Annual Regatta; below are the standings to date:
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