Scheduled for 8-13 July, the 2019 12 Metre World Championship is expected to draw more than 30 historic 12 Metre yachts, also referred to as “Twelves”. The participating Twelves will come from around the globe and feature Vintage Twelves in addition to America’s Cup-era Traditional, Modern and Grand Prix Twelves.
The 12 Metre is one of the original yacht designs built to comply with the International Rule. The 12 Metres first gained worldwide attention when they were selected for the Olympic Games in 1908, 1912 and 1920. Prior to World War II, they were highly sought-after racer cruisers, both in Europe and America. In the mid-1950s, they were chosen by the New York Yacht Club to replace the giant J-Class yachts for the post-war revival of America’s Cup competition. The 12 Metre Class continued to be synonymous with the America’s Cup competition and Newport (R.I.) until 1983 when the yacht Australia II won the Auld Mug in seven races, ending the 132-year winning streak that is the longest in sporting history.