12MYC June 2017 E-Newsletter

Commodore Jimmy Gubelmann

In case you missed it, here is the link to our just published June E-Newsletter. This issue is packed with new content including:

  • METREFEST NEWPORT 2017 UPDATE
  • ROAD TO THE WORLDS, WAYPOINTS REGATTAS ANNOUNCED
  • 3 MODERNS RETURN TO RACING: Challenge 12 (KA-10), Freedom (US-30) & Defender (US-33)
  • THE DEMITASSE CUP, by Stephen Lirakis
  • 2017 NORTH AMERICAN RACING CALENDAR

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Spring 2017 E-Newsletter

Commodore Jimmy Gubelmann

In case you missed it, here is the link to our just published Spring E-Newsletter, please read, enjoy and share…

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A Gnarly Trip to New London

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In the Cup Summer of 1964 I worked as crew for John Nicholas Brown aboard Volta. When one American Eagle crew member developed appendicitis, Mr. Brown volunteered my services as replacement crew. I was a fraction of the size of the crew I was replacing! This happened just shortly before the NYYC Annual Cruise, in which all of the 12 metres were expected to participate. The Cruise was to start in New London and on the day we were to be towed the weather turned foul. Our tender Active, however skillfully operated by owner Bill Stetson, was just not designed for this job. As we approached Race Rock, the wind, rain and foul tide worked at the flawed transom tow bit as a tail wagging a dog. The tender could not tow American Eagle away from Race Rock. We saw no choice but to cast off the tow line and set a staysail. Happily, we were able to sail away from danger. Once clear we transferred the tow line back on and completed the journey safely. –Stephen Lirakis

12s by Cahill Taft

While following Freedom’s restoration story, one of these beautiful paintings entitled “Boys With Toys” by Cahill Taft, coincidentally appeared on our Facebook feed!

On the left, US-62 is one of Charles Roberston’s aforementioned “Cannonballs”. This 12 originally carried sail number KZ-5. She was the second of New Zealand’s three “plastic fantastics” — the revolutionary fiberglass boats commissioned by Sir Michael Fay for the 1987 America’s Cup. She is now named Laura and is owned and raced by Kip Curren with her original sail number (KZ-5).

On the right is US-46, then named Fiddler, she was owned and raced by Alfred Van Liew. She is now known as America II (US-46) and owned by the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation.

Columbia (US-16), Weatherly (US-17) and Courageous (US-26) are also shown in these iconic racing images.

Although all of the original paintings have been spoken for, prints of some of these beautiful images are available from Cahill Taft. (Captioned as titled by the artist)

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America’s Cup 12 Metre Freedom to Return to Newport

New Owner Preparing Historic Racing Yacht for Competition

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 16, 2017) – The 12 Metre yacht Freedom has been purchased by Charles A. Robertson (Guilford, Conn.), a well-known East Coast sailor who has been active in a number of America’s Cup and 12-Metre campaigns and is well known for skippering his Frers 75 Maxi Cannonball and a series of other like-named boats to victory in various one-design and offshore racing events.

Robertson, a former trustee of the New York Yacht Club, plans to race Freedom in the boat’s home waters of Newport, R.I. starting in June.  He will participate in the  International 12 Metre Class’s recently announced “Road to the Worlds” series that culminates in the 2019 12-Metre World Championship, which is scheduled to coincide with celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club.

Historic 12mR yacht Freedom (US-30) newly faired and primed.

The 12 Metre yacht Freedom (US-30) has been bought by Charles A. Robertson who will make her race-ready for the 2017 sailing season.

Designed by Olin Stephens and constructed at Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, NY, Freedom was the last yacht to successfully defend the America’s Cup for the New York Yacht Club by defeating Australia in 1980 in four out of five races. After the 1983 America’s Cup, she was sold to France where she stayed for many years before returning to the U.S. in 1999. Currently, Freedom is at Pilot’s Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. where she is undergoing substantial work. Along with getting new sails, instruments and electronics, she will be newly painted to look similar to how she did in 1980.

“Olin was a dear friend of mine, and Freedom was the last 12 Metre he designed,” said Robertson. “He had a special affection for this boat, and so do I.” Robertson added that – like his past Cannonball campaigns – this one will involve a contingent of “young, enthusiastic sailors who are predominantly amateur.”

In the Road to the Worlds series, Freedom will sail in Modern Division (for 12 Metres built between 1968 and 1983) against Victory 83, Challenge 12, Lionheart and the only two America’s Cup yachts to win the Cup twice, Intrepid* and Courageous.

The Road to the Worlds schedule for 2017 starts with the Newport MetreFest, June 9-11, which coincides with the New York Yacht Club 163rd Annual Regatta.

To find out more about Freedom, including crew opportunities visit https://freedomus12-30.com/. For more information on the Road to the Worlds 2019, visit http://www.12mrclass.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com. Follow the 12 Metre class on Facebook.

*Although she was built before 1968, Intrepid is still considered a Modern; Australia II, built during the specified period for Modern designation, is not considered a Modern.

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Twleve Metres race past Castle Hill

12 Metres off Newport, R.I. at the 2014 12 Metre North American Championship. (photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative)

MEDIA CONTACTS: Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International, +1 (401) 849-0220; SallyAnne Santos, ITMA, +1 (401) 847-0112; Susan Whewell, Freedom,  +1 (203) 453-6800 x 351

 

Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes ’87 30th Anniversary Reunion

Halsey Herreshoff (center) hosted Dennis Connor (not pictured) and his Stars & Stripes 87 team at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI on February 4 as they reunited to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their America's Cup win. Stars & Stripes 87 was the last of the four 12s named Stars & Stripes, she was a refinement of her earlier namesakes. She was chosen for the Challenger Trials in Fremantle, Australia and won the Louis Vuitton Cup by a score of 4-1 over New Zealand (KZ-7). She went on to win the 26th Match for the America's Cup by a score of 4-0 on Kookaburra III (KA-15).

Halsey Herreshoff (center) hosted Dennis Conner (not pictured) and his Stars & Stripes 87 team at the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, RI on February 4, 2017 where they gathered to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their America’s Cup win. Stars & Stripes 87 was the last of the four 12s named Stars & Stripes, she was a refinement of her earlier namesakes. She was chosen for the Challenger Trials in Fremantle, Australia and won the Louis Vuitton Cup by a score of 4-1 over New Zealand (KZ-7). She went on to win the 26th Match for the America’s Cup by a score of 4-0 on Kookaburra III (KA-15).

12mRs in Yachting Times

The 2016 12mR North American Championship was recently featured in Yachting Times magazine, with this excellent coverage including photos and story by Nancy Bloom. Click here to read this news feature in Yachting Time’s e-magazine.

12mR North Americans in Yachting Times