Largest-ever U.S. gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts will take place in Newport this July

Fleet action during the 2015 12 Metre North American Championship sponsored by Bai. (credit SallyAnne Santos).

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The 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta and 12 Metre World Championship (organized by the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club, promises the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S., with two dozen teams from seven countries competing. Entries include Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending world champion, and four yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).

Newport hosted nine America’s Cup competitions in 12 Metres from 1958 to 1983 and is world renowned for its connection to one of the oldest trophies in sporting history.

During the Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, most of the fleet will be berthed at Fort Adams where visitors will be able to view the yachts before and after racing. A large on-water spectator fleet is expected, and land-based spectators can catch the fleet sailing to and from racing at vantage points along the shores closest to Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, including Fort Adams, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill.

WORLDS SCHEDULE

2019 12mR World Championship Schedule: July 8 – 13, 2019

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Monday, July 8

1200 – 1730:  Registration at Ida Lewis Yacht Club
1700: Support Boat Drivers’ Meeting at Ida Lewis YC
1730: Skippers Meeting at Ida Lewis YC
1830: Owners Reception at Ida Lewis YC
Ida Lewis Yacht Club, 170 Wellington Ave.

Tuesday, July 9

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1830: Welcome Reception at IYRS
International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames St.

Wednesday,  July 10

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1630:  Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks
at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dr.

Thursday, July 11

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1830: 12 MYC Dinner-Dance at Marble House
Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave.

Friday, July 12

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1055: Course Signals
1100:  First Warning Signal
1630:  Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks
at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dr.

Saturday, July 13

0900: Rendezvous signal announced on VHF Ch72
1000: Salute to 12 Metres Parade
1155: Course Signals*
1200:  First Warning Signal*
1700:  Awards Ceremony at Newport Shipyard
Newport Shipyard, One Washington St.

Sunday, July 14

1500: ITMA Annual General Meeting at 12 Metre Yacht Club
Clarke Cooke House, 3rd floor, 26 Bannister’s Wharf
Owners and ITMA Members ONLY.

*Note difference in time for Course Signals and First Warning on Saturday.

Per Notice of Race: A total of NINE (9) races for each Division are scheduled. FOUR (4) completed races shall constitute a series for each Division. No initial warning signal will be made after 1400 on Saturday, July 13. The warning signal for a start following one or more general recalls or for subsequent starts may be made after 1400. No warning signals may be made after 1500.

For more information: https://12mrworlds.com/

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