12 Metre North American Championships
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NEWPORT, R.I. (September 29, 2014) =96 Two= days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building s= outhwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Ch= ampionships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman=92s (Newport, R.I.) KZ= -3 and Dennis Williams=92 (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory =9283 defended their titles, respectively, in divisions for = Grand Prix (yachts built for the 1987 America=92s Cup) and Modern (yachts b= uilt from 1974 to 1983), while a third division for Traditional (yachts bui= lt from 1958-1970) was won by Anthony Chiurco=92s (Princeton, N.J.) chartered American Eagle. =
Dennis Williams at the helm of V= ictory =9283, winner of Modern Division at the 2014 12 Metre North Amer= icans. (credit SallyAnne Santos). Available for high resolution download by clicking the photo abov= e
The long weekend started on Friday with th= ree races held in 12-17 knots on Narragansett Bay in an area north of Newpo= rt=92s Pell Bridge. On Saturday, the racing was again staged north of= the bridge, but the race committee managed only a single race before having to call things off due to lack of wind. S= unday=92s competition proved best and closest in nature to the America=92s = Cup racing that was staged here from 1930-1983 when three solid-air races w= ere held =93outside=94 on Rhode Island Sound to determine final victors. To top off the day and the regatta, a pursuit-= style =93bragging rights=94 race (not counted in scoring) brought the 12 Me= tres back to Newport Harbor to finish together in a show of colorful spinna= kers off Fort Adams.
12 Meters in a final =93bragging ri= ghts=94 pursuit race at the 2014 12 Metre North Americans. (credit SallyAnn= e Santos). Available for high resolution= download by clicking the photo above
=93Eagle started, then the Moderns started= two minutes later, and then the Grand Prix division one minute after that,= =94 said Victory =9183=92s Dennis Williams. =93 We did a short upwind leg, th= en back to the committee boat, then a long downwind leg to the harbor. Ever= yone at Castle Hill got a good view; we were so close =96 trying to s= tay out of the tide =96 that we were almost dragging our boom on the rocks as we went by.=94
Jeff Randall (Edgartown, Mass.), crew on <= i>American Eagle, said that because there were no other boats in Eagle=92s class, the pursuit race was the only time the Eagle= crew got to look back and see boats following them, but he wasn=92t compla= ining. =93There was a nice gesture to involve the only two wooden boa= ts here in a race against each other when Intrepid challenged us for what they called the Maple Leaf Trophy.= =94 Randall explained that after arbitrary handicaps were applied to American Eagle=92s and Intrepid=92s times, Intrepid = =93appeared to have won=94 the challenge in the end, but Intrepid=92s owner Jack Curtin, in the spirit of the award, handed t= he trophy back over to Herb Marshall, Vice President of the 12 Metre Americ= as Fleet and owner of American Eagle, for safe keeping until next year.<= /p>
12 Meters in action on Rhode Island= Sound and Narragansett Bay at the 2014 12 Metre North Americans. (credit S= allyAnne Santos). Available for high resolution= download by clicking the photo above
=93It=92s all about fun and involvement,= =94 said Williams, who works to recruit new 12 Metres into the fleet and sa= ys there is a plan afoot to bring the 12 Metre Worlds to Newport in 2017. (= Williams won the 12 Metre Worlds when they were last held here in Newport in 2009.) =93There are a lot of good 12 Met= res out there that are available, but it=92s a little like the chicken and = the egg. This is not a J/70 where you buy the boat, put it in the wat= er, put some sails on it and go racing. It takes a while to develop a 12 Metre program, so that=92s why it=92s good t= o have a plan for two to three years to get a new boat right and do events = leading up to the worlds.=94
Clockwise from top left: SallyAnne = Santos receives the Ted Turner Trophy; Herb Marshall with Dennis Williams (= Victory =9283); with Anthony Chiurco (American Eagle); with Gunther Buerman (KZ-3). (credit SallyAnne Santos). Available for high resolution download by clicking t= he photo above
The teams from Victory =9283, KZ-3 = and American Eagle each were awarded the Gubelmann Trophy as winners of each class in the = North American Championships. They also each were awarded the Ted Hood Trop= hy and received an estate bottle of wine from Coppola Winery for the highes= t points overall for specific regattas during the season. SallyAnne Santos, Secretary for the International= 12 Metre Class was awarded the Ted Turner Trophy for her significant and l= asting contribution to the 12 Metre class, while Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the = Organizing Authority of the event, was acknowledged by Sailors for the Sea for running a Clean Regatta.
Regatta Sponsors included Coppola Winery, = Gaastra and the Turner Foundation.
For more information, contact Herb Marshal= l at email@example.com or visit http:= //www.12mrclass.com.
2014 12 Metre North American Championship
Grand Prix Division
1. KZ-3, Gunther Buerman, Newpo= rt, R.I., 1-1-1-1-1-1; 6
2. KZ-5 Laura, Kip Curren, Newport, R.I., 2-2-2-2-2-2; 12=
1. Victory =9283, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla., 3-1-2-1-2-1; 10 pts
2. Intrepid, Jack Curtin, New York, N.Y., 2-2-1-3-3= -2; 13
3. Courageous, Ralph Isham, New York, N.Y., 1-3-3-2-2-3; 14
1. American Eagle, Anthony Chiurco (Princeton, N.J.), 1-1-1-1-1-1; 6