Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 12M Class Yachts in their Quest for The America's Cup
A yearlong calendar of racing and events will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the famous 12 Metre Class yachts participating in the America’s Cup. It all began in 1958 when the victorious Columbia (US16) defeated the British challenger, Sceptre (K17). For the 2009 World Championship, not only will Columbia compete again, but as many as 25 boats including boats from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Borneo. Fierce competition will capture memories of times past, and attract sailing stars, fans, and media from the world over. Not since Newport hosted the America's Cup in 1983 have the waters and winds of Rhode Island Sound assembled such an impressive collection of 12 Metres.
Join us as we celebrate our "Golden Year" with regattas and events on-shore in Newport, Edgartown, Nantucket, and downtown New York City. There are opportunities to participate on every level. Whether you are a competitor, sponsor, volunteer, or spectactor, we look forward to seeing you.
Jan D. Slee
President, 12 Metre Class
Welcome to the Golden Year of Racing