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This Friday, September 16, the 12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station, will host the first day of the 12 Metre North American Championship in the waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.  Seven iconic boats from the Vintage Onawa to the sleek Challenge XII will race over three days in two divisions to lay claim to this coveted trophy.  Past winner, Kevin Hegarty’s US 16 Columbia will try again to outsail those in the Traditional Class for the 2022 title.  Several of these boats were either winners of the America’s Cup or were built and raced for this purpose.  US 16 Columbia won in 1958 and US 17 Weatherly won in 1962 and will be skippered by Commodore of the 12 Metre Yacht Club, Steve Eddleston.

The Ida Lewis Yacht Club will serve as the Organizing Authority with a veteran race committee, including Principal Race Officer, Peter Gerard.  5-6 races will be raced, depending on weather and time, to constitute this regatta.

Preceding the final day of racing, Sunday, September 18, the class will form a boat parade in Newport Harbor beginning at 10:00 AM which will kick off in front of spectators at the Newport Boat Show.  Flags will fly and horns will blow to celebrate this special class and its close ties to Newport. 


https://newportboatshow.com/show-highlights/


Following racing on Sunday, all the 12s will proceed to the docks at Fort Adams around 3:30 PM where they will be welcomed by kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rhode Island.  The 12 Metre Yacht Club formed a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs earlier in the year and this is the second event this summer the yacht club will host for the kids.  Decked in their bright yellow t-shirts for the event, the kids will climb aboard and learn what it’s like to sail these sleek, historic sailboats from some legends in the sailing world. 

Awards will be given at a party immediately following at Sail Newport in the Fort Adams Park. 




Past Events 

Edgartown 12 Metre Regatta


NYYC 2022 Race Week at Newport Presented by Rolex


12 Metre Heritage Regatta

New York Harbor

June 17-19


This regatta celebrates the heritage of the 12 Meter Class and will introduce more people to the beauty and thrill of these incredible yachts. 12 Meters are the most iconic sailboats in our country, and they represent the pinnacle of American yachting tradition. Sailing on a 12 Meter or watching these races is a magical experience.

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta


Race for Ukraine Regatta

June 4, 2022

Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island


The Race for Ukraine was a great success, both on the water and with the money raised for this vital cause.  Heartfelt thanks to all who organized, participated and donated.  We raised over $20,000!!

A glassy start to the race in 2-4 knots was tough, but a slight breeze built, and by the time the boats rounded Beavertail, a beautiful Southerly brought them up the West Passage of the Bay with gusts of 18. Lots of spinnaker work that race!

An informal celebration followed at IYAC with pizzas and drinks for all.  The three 12 Metres were joined by 15 other boats using PHRF-NB ratings.  Famed photographer and offical 12 Metre Class photographer, Daniel Forster, donated his time to take these stunning photographs...

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