ENTERPRISE, US-27 Prepares Return to Racing

Enterprise, US-27by Dennis Gunderson

Recently under new ownership, Enterprise US-27 begins a new phase of her life. The new team is very excited about the boat and the upcoming years of competitive racing in the 12mR modern fleet! What a terrific opportunity to bring back such a purebred as Enterprise into racing shape to compete for the 2019 World Championship!

Enterprise was built in 1977 as a continuation of the Courageous model. Designed by Olin Stephens at S&S, she was initially skippered by Lowell North of North Sails. She was beaten by Courageous in the ’77 trials, but then continued on in 1980 and 1983 to serve as a competitive trial horse for the Freedom and Azzura campaigns. Enterprise has long been an admired design, and has served her crews well throughout many years of competition.  Enterprise, US-27

The new team consists of some great friends and partners from the Newport area who are very excited to see Enterprise being taken seriously as a contender for the 2019 12mR World Championships. The new owner is an experienced and passionate yachtsman who has put together an equally passionate and dedicated group of sailors, designers, and engineers each sharing a long history in the 12mR community. The afterguard of the team consists of three individuals who shared in the early campaigns with Enterprise in 1977 and 1980. Steve Casella of NEB in Portsmouth, was an original builder of the yacht in 1977 at Minneford Yacht Yard. Tom Rich, also of NEB, was an original crew member when the boat was campaigned in 1977 by Lowell North, and Mike Toppa of North Sails who sailed on-board in 1979-1980 when she was a trial horse for Dennis Connor’s Freedom campaign. Paul Buttrose, former President of the ITMA, has thrown his hat in the ring as Program Consultant, and David Pedrick of Pedrick Yacht Design has agreed to bring his valuable insight from years of 12mR experience into the fold for Enterprise. This tight nucleus of 12mR knowledge and experience are being joined by the current S&S design team based here in Newport and led by chief designer Brendan Abbott.

The team is thoroughly enjoying the experience as we bring together the same design and construction offices that helped to create Enterprise in the first place. Just like the S&S team had done in ’77, Brendan Abbott and his team of designers are working hard to optimize her hull characteristics and ensure that she is as fast as she can be. Utilizing her original plans from the S&S archives, we are able to look at each and every design change made to Enterprise from her beginning in 1977; as all major design changes have been documented by S&S. A 3-D hull scan was created and has been analyzed alongside the originals to see where changes were made and what might need to happen to bring her, in some cases, back to a previous shape. No rock will be left un-turned, and we are all very excited to bring Enterprise back from a modified racer-cruiser to a proper 12mR racing yacht.

Enterprise, US-27While we are working alongside Enterprise’s original design office, we are also excited about working closely with her original sail designers at North Sails. Lowell North had originally meant for Enterprise to be at the forefront of sail and rig design in 1977. He tested many different designs and concepts on board Enterprise throughout the ’77 Defender Trials.  Mike Toppa was a part of the boat’s history throughout those early campaigns, and he is again helping to ensure that Enterprise is well canvased. The team intends to utilize the North 3Di technology for its new suit of sails in 2018.

The team at New England Boatworks will be helping the new team to transform Enterprise back into fighting shape from years as a racer-cruiser platform. In 2000 Enterprise emerged from refit in Europe as a compromise 12mR, complete with a removable cruising interior and an engine. To accommodate this, her original cockpit was removed and replaced with a smaller cockpit and larger deck. These additions to the yacht have since been stripped away, and plans are being made to re-install a functional 12mR racing cockpit and fore-deck. The engine has been removed along with associated hardware. Any and all creature comforts have been stripped away and set aside. In addition to a proper racing cockpit, we can expect to see Enterprise sporting a new mast designed by Jim Gretzky. Many other elements of her sailing hardware will need to be replaced or refitted once the cruising outfit has been thoroughly executed.

The Enterprise team is most excited about such a tremendous surge of enthusiasm for 12mR racing in Newport!  This community has had such an illustrious past as a formula-design fleet, and to be an active part of that history is an exciting prospect. The team hopes to not only participate in the coming years of heightened competition, but to do so at a level commensurate with the care and quality that these fine yachts deserve!–DG.

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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Spring 2017 E-Newsletter

Commodore Jimmy Gubelmann

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12 Metre Class Maps Road to 2019 Worlds in Newport

The Countdown Begins!

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (December 8, 2016) – The International 12 Metre Class has announced the ROAD TO THE WORLDS, a 900-day schedule of international regattas and social events leading up to what will arguably be one of the most highly anticipated Metre yachting events since the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001: the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, R.I.

Scheduled for July 15-21, 2019, to coincide with celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club, the 2019 12 Metre World Championship is expected to attract more than 30 historic 12 Metres. Participating Twelves will come from the Americas Fleet, which includes a number of Newport-based vintage, traditional, modern and grand prix 12 Metres as well as other America’s Cup-era Twelves from around the U.S.; the Northern and Southern Europe Fleets, which consist primarily of Vintage and Antique Twelves; and the southern continents.

12 Metres racing in Barcelona during the 2014 12 Metre World Championship.

12 Metres racing in Barcelona during the 2014 12 Metre World Championship.
(photo credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative)

“The prospect of a Jubilee-caliber event in Newport, hosted by the New York Yacht Club, has generated incredible enthusiasm on the part of past, present and potential 12 Metre owners and enthusiasts,” said Peter Gerard, Vice President of the Americas Fleet and chair of the 2019 Worlds, noting that the last 12 Metre World Championship was held in 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

The ROAD TO THE WORLDS is a series of competitions, global in nature, that will be a constant “work in progress,” revolving around mainstay events in Europe and at least 16 major regattas in North America.

“The goal is to encourage more participation by existing 12 Metre owners and to provide an exciting competitive and social program to attract new owners and charterers to this historic class,” said Gerard. “Like the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee, when 38 Twelves gathered in Cowes, England, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the America’s Cup, the 2019 12 Metre Worlds will be an event that fans of this historic class will not want to miss. The racing and social events in Newport will be second to none as part of the New York Yacht Club’s 175th Anniversary Regatta.”

America II and Victory completing their lap of Newport Harbor

Victory ’83 races through Newport harbor during the 2009 12 Metre World Championship
(photo credit: Dan Nerney)

Designed to the International Rule, the first 12 Metres were built in 1907 and selected for Olympic competition in 1908, 1912 and 1920. Prior to World War II, the Twelves were highly sought-after racer cruisers, both in Europe and America. Chosen to replace the massive J-Class yachts for the post-war revival of America’s Cup competition in 1958, the Twelves then became synonymous with the Cup and the New York Yacht Club until 1983 when Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Australia II bested New York Yacht Club’s Liberty to end the 132-year winning streak that is the longest in sporting history. The Twelves competed for the coveted Auld Mug for the last time in 1987, on the waters off Perth, Australia.

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship will revisit those halcyon days of the America’s Cup when glamorous social events, the traditions of sailing, and the visions of Twelves cutting a swath on Narragansett Bay earned the class an unrivaled place in both the history of the City by the Sea and the America’s Cup, still the sport’s most illustrious event.

“The Twelves have played an important part in yachting history, and no place appreciates them more than Newport and the New York Yacht Club,” said Gerard. “The ROAD TO THE WORLDS and the 2019 12 Metre World Championship are the best ways we know to commemorate that appreciation and present a memorable celebration of the class.”

The ROAD TO THE WORLDS schedule in 2017 starts with the Newport MetreFest, June 9-11, scheduled to coincide with the New York Yacht Club 163rd Annual Regatta.

For more information visit http://www.12mrclass.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com.

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Lock Up Your Mothers, Hide The Booze…

“They” May Be Returning To Newport!

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Click the kangaroo to hear the 1983 Australia II tribute song.

When owners and crew of 12 Metres gather at regattas or the 12 Metre Yacht Club at the Clarke Cooke House, it does not take long for a story to surface about America’s Cup campaigns. Hardly surprising considering a number of veterans from those campaigns circa 1970-87 are still sailing 12s.

As with most sports– it’s all about the people. Stories are less about tacking duels off Brenton Reef and more about the characters involved in designing, building and sailing the 12s. Shore-side supporters, particularly those from ‘Down Under’ who made it to Newport in 1983 add even more color to an already colorful story.  Similarly, the 2001 World Championship held in conjunction with the 150th ‘Jubilee’ off Cowes attracted thirty-six Twelve Metres and at least several hundred of those same characters.

In 2019 the 12 Metre World Championship is scheduled to be held in Newport, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in conjunction with a regatta celebrating the Club’s 175th Anniversary. As plans for that celebration get underway in New York and Newport, another plan is being hatched 10,500 miles away in Melbourne, Australia.

Challenge 12

Click to learn more about Challenge 12

The owner of the 1987 challenger Kookaburra I, who at one time also owned KZ-3, has been keeping his eye on Challenge Twelve, the trial horse for Australia II. She is currently in storage near Newport. He and his merry crew from ‘Down Under’ competed with ‘Kooka’ and KZ-3 at the ‘Jubilee.’ Reportedly, a recent conversation over a ‘quiet little drink’ at a Yacht Club near Melbourne resulted in a ‘why not’ decision.

“Let’s look in to the idea of acquiring Challenge Twelve and campaigning her in Newport, during the summers of 2017-18 and on to the World Championship in 2019.

Then bring her back to Melbourne.” The instigator was ‘egged on’ by several participants in that ‘quiet little drink’– they sailed on Challenge 12 in her duels with Australia II.

If this plan comes to fruition, the Syndicate will be aptly named. While fitting, ‘Geriatric Larrikins’ is already taken. Australian 12 Metre characters arrived on the docks of Newport from the 60s to the 80s, with a small kitbag, a large thirst, passion for the sport, a desire to win and a lovable sense of humor.  This mob from Melbourne will be no different.

Here’s hoping!
–Paul Buttrose