The 12 Metre World Championship
Comes to Rhode Island
© Stephen R. Cloutier | 12 Metre Cup
From Monday, July 8 to Saturday, July 13, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club will host the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, RI — the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 metre yachts in the U.S.
See Living History in the 2019 World Fleet
Before and after the racing, the yachts may be viewed at the Fort Adams docks, giving sailing and history buffs alike a chance to appreciate the living history these 12s represent – all embodying the innovative design of leading naval architects such as Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes, Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen, and others.
Historic 12s Spanning Six Decades
Sailing on Rhode Island Sound – the site of nine America’s Cup competitions – the regatta will feature
a fleet spanning the years of 1928 to 1987. The 24 impressive international teams represent Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and the United States and include America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists.
The keen competition includes Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala which is the defending 12 Metre World Champion, and yachts that have been successful in defending the America’s Cup including US-16 Columbia (1958), US-17 Weatherly (1962), US-22 Intrepid (1967 and 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 and 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).
For daily schedules and post-World’s events, visit 12mrworlds.com.