NEWPORT, RI - The 12 Metre Pre-Worlds Regatta and 12 Metre World Championship (organized by the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club) promises the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S., with two dozen teams from seven countries competing. Entries include Italian Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending world champion, and four yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & 1970), US-26 Courageous (1974 & 1977) and US-30 Freedom (1980).
Newport hosted nine America’s Cup competitions in 12 Metres from 1958 to 1983 and is world renowned for its connection to one of the oldest trophies in sporting history.
During the Worlds and the Pre-Worlds, most of the fleet will be berthed at Fort Adams where visitors will be able to view the yachts before and after racing. A large on-water spectator fleet is expected, and land-based spectators can catch the fleet sailing to and from racing at vantage points along the shores closest to Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, including Fort Adams, Beavertail Light and Castle Hill.
July 5-13, 2019
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7 (racing July 6-7)
Monday, July 8 - Saturday, July 13 (racing July 9-13)
See more race details here