30-Sep-2009

12 Metre Worlds Results

The 12 Metre Worlds were held here in Newport from September 22 through 27.  It was a great week of racing and socializing!  Almost all of the 12 Metre yachts were docked at Bannister's Wharf with their event sponsor and battle flags flying.  After each day's racing, the 12 Metre tent on Bowen's Wharf was the place to be;  Legends Forums, the bar and 12 Metre Worlds gear were all available to racers and friends.  A pre-regatta dinner was held at the 12 Metre Yacht Club for ITMA members and 12 Metre owners - an excellent dinner was served by the Clarke Cooke House.  Saturday's night's crew dinner was held at The New York Yacht Clubs's Arcadia room with complementary tickets for "The Ravers" back down at the 12 Metre tent on Bowen's Wharf.  The festivities ended on Sunday at the New York Yacht Club with a brunch and awards ceremony.  Now onto the racing results:

Wednesday, September  the 17 yachts headed off shore in light but building breeze and 3 races were held.  Thursday once again the yachts headed offshore but due to the lack of wind there was a 2 hour postponement.  The race committee did get a race in with light breezes and a sloppy sea.  The Candy Store Cup was then started which is a race with all Divisions on the same starting line.  They  race into The Bay, into Newport Harbor with a finish off Bannisters Wharf was sailed boat for boat - with no handicap.  Unfortunately the dying wind and foul current prevented the racers from finishing within the time limit.  The 3rd day of racing, Friday was clear, crisp and blowing hard out of the North.  A postponement was called while the yachts were still at the Wharf.  Unfortunately racing for the day was later canceled.  Saturday, the last day of racing, began clear with light Easterly breezes.  Two races were held in the very challenging conditions-  shifty, spotty, with light breezes that veered sporadically toward the South, and a confused sea.  For the regatta finale, the race committee called for another attempt at running the Candy Store Cup with a beautiful champagne finish at Bannister's Wharf.  The newly renovated Victory '83 took line honors by sailing hard to the West after the congested downwind start, and riding the freshening wind that continued to veer into the SW, back into Narragansett Bay.

The America's Cup Charters fleet had good and competitive week of racing.  For the Modern Division Freedom nipped past Intrepid to claim 3rd place with 15 points to Intrepid's 16 points.  For the Traditional Division it was extremely close with American Eagle winning the tie breaker with 8 points to Weatherly's 8 points and Nefertiti taking 4th with 19 points.  For more racing results please check out www.12mrclass.com.  

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