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.
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
Awards will be given at a party immediately following at
Sail Newport in the Fort Adams Park.
Edgartown 12 Metre Regatta
NYYC 2022 Race Week at Newport Presented by Rolex
12 Metre Heritage Regatta
New York Harbor
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...