2018-11-15 / Around Town

City to Host 12-Metre World Championships

The largest gathering of 12-metre yachts in the United States will take place next July 8-13 in Newport.

Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the International Twelve Metre Association announced last week that the city will host the 2019 12-Metre World Championships. The fleet will feature 24 teams from seven countries, including defending champion Nyala, owned by Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli.

Also in the field of competitors are five boats that successfully defended the America’s Cup: Columbia (1958), Weatherly (1962), Intrepid (1967, 1970), Courageous (1974, 1977) and Freedom (1980).

“The last 12-Metre World Championship was in Barcelona, Spain in 2014, so there is some pent-up energy for sure,” event chair Peter Gerard said in a press release. “Over the last two years, there has been an emphasis on developing new teams, training for the worlds and getting these iconic yachts into the best possible condition for competition.”

The boats are placed into divisions based on when they were built. At the World Championships, eight competitors will sail in the Grand Prix, a division for 12-metre boats with a winged keel built in 1987. The Modern class, a fleet of seven, is for boats built between 1967 and ‘83. Five will compete in the Traditional division (1958-66) and four in the Vintage (1907-58).

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