June 2018 E-Newsletter

In our June E-Newsletter, we feature:


Photos & Captions by: Stephen Lirakis, Historian

Clipper (US-32) was built at Newport Offshore in 1979, a David Pedrick design built on the foundation of the keel and keel apron of Independence. I believe this was the first time parts were re-purposed in the 12 metre class. Subsequently the concept would be utilized by the America II group to interchange parts as part of a 2 boat testing program.

Independence Cut-Up

Independence Cut-Up

Independence Keel

Independence Keel

Independence fitted to the frames of the future Clipper

Independence fitted to the frames of the future Clipper

Clipper at Bannister's Wharf

Clipper at Bannister’s Wharf

October E-News

12MYC Commodore James Gublemann at the 2017 12 Metre North American Championship, Newport, Rhode IslandOur October 2017 E-Newsletter is packed with news including:

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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

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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:

  • 3 MODERNS RETURN TO RACING: Challenge 12 (KA-10), Freedom (US-30) & Defender (US-33)
  • THE DEMITASSE CUP, by Stephen Lirakis

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A Gnarly Trip to New London


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

1977 Slow Boat In Newport

by Stephen Lirakis

I was poking around boatyards as I had done most of my life; it was the fall of 1976 when I ran into Jeff Neuberth, the project manager for the Courageous-Independence Syndicate. Jeff had been told that I was sailing on Enterprise with Lowell North and was surprised to learn that was not the case. I was invited to join the Independence crew shortly after that.

Ted Hood designed and built Independence and had leased Courageous to Ted Turner. It was the first real two-boat program. Ideal for sail development and boat refinement.

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Ted Turner had said leading in to this program that he wanted a time tested boat; still smarting from the Mariner disaster in 1974. Independence being the “new boat” was always expected to be the ultimate selection. Courageous was referred to as the trial horse. It was difficult to know which boat was faster as most of our sailing in those early months (February-May) were long tacks sometimes 30 miles!

A mini-regatta was organized with racing between Courageous and Independence before we towed to Newport for the June trails. Courageous proved to be faster on every point of sail in those races. Reg Pierce who had been aboard Courageous for the successful 1974 defense looked up from the grinder handles and said: “It’s going to be a long summer.” These proved to be prophetic words.

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