The Newport, RI 12 Metre fleet is currently comprised of 23 yachts including those both sailing and on the hard awaiting restoration and/or new owners. Yachts from all divisions, represent the rich history of America’s Cup racing with Vintage (3), Traditional (6), Modern (8) and Grand Prix (6) designs sailing throughout New England each season from Newport to Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island Sound.
This diverse fleet showcases the evolution of racing yachts from the oldest (Onawa, US-5) built in 1928 to the newer “plastic fantastics” (Laura, KZ-5 & Kiwi Magic, KZ-7) launched in 1986. Newport is home to five America’s Cup defenders– Columbia, US-16 (1958), Weatherly, US-17 (1962), Intrepid, US-22 (1967 & 1970), Courageous, US-26 (1974 & 1977) and Freedom, US-30 (1980).
Annual 12 Metre racing events include prestigious regattas at the New York Yacht Club (Newport), the Edgartown Yacht Club (Martha’s Vineyard), the Opera House Cup (Nantucket) and the Museum of Yachting’s Annual Classic Yacht Regatta (Newport). The 12 Metre North American Championships are held in Newport each year, typically during the third week of September. With the yachts berthed at Bannister’s Wharf, accessible to sailors and spectators alike, this event recalls the heyday atmosphere of 12 Metre America’s Cup Racing in Newport from 1958 to 1983.
For more information on the Newport 12 Metre Fleet email: Fleet Captain, Peter Gerard.
For the complete 12 Metre Racing Calendar visit: International Twelve Metre Association.
To charter a 12 Metre Yacht in Newport, contact: