Message from the Commodore
Greetings 12 Metre Friends!
As our 2017 sailing season quickly approaches we are pleased to report on many positive developments taking place in our Newport fleet and in the 12mR Class worldwide. As details for the "Road to Worlds" and "Waypoints Regatta Series" take shape, interest is growing exponentially throughout ITMA's 3 fleets (Americas, North Europe & South Europe). None more so than here in Newport where we eagerly anticipate the return of more 12s to the racecourse this season! One of them being Freedom (US-30), the 1980 America's Cup winner recently purchased by Charles Robertson.
In January, I visited Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT where work was well underway bringing Freedom back to fine racing form. She was a beautiful site! On that day it was obvious that she had just been long-boarded as evidenced by the various shades of blue revealed on her topsides.
This newsletter is packed with information on the upcoming Newport MetreFest by Jamie Hilton, Road to the Worlds and Waypoints Regatta Series details by Fleet Captain, Peter Gerard, a history bit from Steve Lirakis and more on Freedom's eagerly awaited return to Newport. And in response to several inquires and as a service to our Members we have just started an online CREW LIST bulletin board at 12MYC.org-- more details on this below.
We couldn't be happier with the building momentum and resurgence of our legendary Newport fleet. It is very gratifying to see our efforts starting to take effect!
That said, we are aware that this is a marathon, not a sprint to the finish at the 2019 Worlds. We count on your continued support and assistance to build awareness and cultivate relationships with our fellow 12mR friends throughout the world as we look forward to welcoming them to Newport in 2019.
Commodore, 12MYC Newport
photo credit: WindlassCreative