Newport Trophy Regatta Wrap-Up

Newport Trophy Regatta for 12 Metres

A Window Onto the 2019 Worlds

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 24, 2017) – The waters off Newport, R.I., were alive with 12 Metres when the Newport Trophy Regatta took place over July 21-23. The event, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, reflected the excitement growing for the 12 Metre World Championship set to take place here in 2019 as part of the New York Yacht Club’s 175th Anniversary Regatta. The historic fleet numbered ten boats, all collecting points in the global ROAD TO THE WORLDS Waypoint Series.  The closely matched New Zealand (KZ-3) and Laura (KZ-5) sparred in the Grand Prix division, while the uber competitive Freedom (US-30), Defender (US-33), Challenge XII (KA-10), Intrepid (US-22) and Courageous (US-26) took off the gloves in Modern Division and the beautifully spirited Columbia (US-16), Weatherly (US-17) and American Eagle (US-21) battled it out in Traditional Division.

New Zealand and Challenge XII at the Newport Trophy Regatta, Stephen Coutier photo

The Modern fleet at the Newport Trophy Regatta,Stephen Coutier photo

The Grand Prix Division completed two races on Friday, while the other divisions completed only one in light breezes that just wouldn’t hold for a full day of racing planned “up the Bay.”  Saturday was worse when sailors floated for six hours “outside” on Rhode Island Sound waiting for wind that never came. Sunday, however, made it all worthwhile when four races were completed in upper Narragansett Bay, this time in a northeasterly that began with wind speeds in the mid-teens and then diminished to 7-8 knots as it clocked right.

“I think we went through our entire sail inventory, putting up the light #1, the heavy #1, the #3, a couple of different spinnakers…it was fun!,” said Gunther Buerman, the owner/driver aboard New Zealand. Although New Zealand beat Laura in all six of its races, Buerman said it wasn’t easy. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart, and we got lucky a couple of times. KZ-5 was every bit as fast as us today, and sailed really well.”

In the Modern fleet, Challenge XII held commanding leads in all but the last of its five races, when Courageous won. Accumulating six points for its final standing, Challenge XII finished eight points ahead of Courageous, which was tied on point score with Defender. Challenge XII, along with Freedom and Defender, are newly revived 12 Metres, their owners inspired by the promise of intense competition in 2019 when 12 Metres from across the globe are expected to come to Newport for the Worlds.

Challenge XII’s owner/driver Jack LeFort attributed the boat’s performance to crew work and great sails, among other things. “We’ve done some nice work modifying the boat, getting it ready, but we think there’s more room for improvement. By the time the Worlds come around, there are going to be more teams stepping it up, so we need to make sure we continue to move our game up as well.”  Historically, Challenge XII was a contender in the 1983 America’s Cup series. “It’s Ben Lexcen’s last boat,” said LeFort. “He’s probably smiling somewhere right now. It’s got great bones, it’s fast off the breeze. People thought it was a light-air boat. We don’t think that; we just think it’s a really good boat.”

In Traditional Division, Columbia won four of five races, leading over Weatherly and American Eagle, which finished second and third, respectively.

Celebration Dinner for Intrepid and Courageous at Newport Trophy Regatta, photo: SallyAnne Santos

Previewing the social events on tap for 2019, a Celebration Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of Intrepid’s first America’s Cup victory and the 40th Anniversary of Courageous’s second America’s Cup victory was held on Friday at the International Yacht Restoration School’s Restoration Hall.

Waypoint Series standings have been tallied based on previous events held in Newport (the Metrefest Newport Regatta held in June), Germany and Denmark.

For more information visit http://www.12mrclass.com/waypoints or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com or +1 214-244-4955

Additional Information:

Road to the Worlds, Waypoints Series Standings

Racing Photos, 7/21/19  by Paul Stuart Todd

Racing Photos, 7/23/19 by Stephen Cloutier

Intrepid-Courageous Celebration Photos, 7/21/19, by SallyAnne Santos

Newport Trophy Prize-Giving, 7/23/17 by SallyAnne Santos

July 2017 E-Newsletter

12MYC Commodore James GubelmannOur July 2017 E-Newsletter is packed with news including:

  • The “newest” 12 to the fleet– Challenge XII by David Pedrick
  • Steve Lirakis on the Hood / North Controversy- 1977
  • Defender’s Queen’s Cup victory
  • Road to the Worlds Waypoints Series standings (all fleets)
  • QUEST magazine cover story on METREFEST NEWPORT
  • 2017 12MYC Annual Dinner Info
  • Sailing Calendar, Results, Photo links
  • and much more

Click through to read it here.

 

DEFENDER, US-33 Wins Queen’s Cup

Scuttlebutt Europe, July 18, 2017

Defender Proves Age Is Just A Number With Queen’s Cup Victory

Newport, Rhode Island, USA: Three and a half decades ago, the 12 Metre Defender left Newport under less than ideal circumstances, having failed in its campaign to represent the New York Yacht Club in the 1983 America’s Cup.

Defender, US-33 wins Queen's Cup

Photo credits: © Steve Cloutier, Stuart Streuli/NYYC

This summer, her return to competition has been an unqualified success. Earlier today, Dennis William’s skippered the restored 12 Metre to a win in the Queen’s Cup, knocking off a fleet of a dozen newer and more nimble raceboats to claim one of the New York Yacht Club’s most prestigious trophies.

The Queen’s Cup, which was first raced in 1953, is an anachronism. It’s just one race, rather than a series, and much longer than the traditionally hour-long windward-leeward races that are ubiquitous in modern big-boat racing. The 2017 Queen’s Cup course covered 6 legs and 16.2 miles, as the crow flies. The fastest boat took two hours and 11 minutes to complete the course; the slowest nearly three hours. There’s also the unique starting procedure, which allows each boat to pick it’s starting time within a two-minute window.

The 12 Metre class is seeing a resurgence of interest in advance of the class’s 2019 World Championship in Newport. — Stuart Streuli

1. Defender, 12 Metre, Dennis Williams, Newport, RI, USA
2. Temptation-Oakcliff , Ker 50, Arthur Santry, Oyster Bay, NY, USA
3. SPOOKIE, TP52, Steve & Heidi Benjamin, South Norwalk, CT, USA
4. Gladiator, TP52, Bernard Langley, Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR
5. AFTER MIDNIGHT, CTM41, Paul Jeka, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA
6. Regina 2.0, Club Swan 42, Jacob Wallenberg, Stockholm, SWE
7. Entropy, Tripp 41, Patricia Young, Jamestown, RI, USA
8. Zaraffa, Reichel/Pugh Custom, Huntington Sheldon, Shelburne, VT, USA
9. Blazer (IRC), Swan 42, Christopher Culver, Newport, RI, USA
10. Cuordileone, Club Swan 50, Douglas Newhouse, Newport, RI, USA
Challenge 12, 12 metre, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA , RET
Gold Digger, J 44, James D. Bishop, New York, NY, USA DNC
Stark Raving Mad VIII, C&C 30 OD, Jim Madden, Newport Beach, CA, DNF

Read more and view complete results here.

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