WHEN THE 12 Metre World Championship takes place in Newport, Rhode Island, over 8-13 July, it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history.

The 112 year old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects who pushed their designs to the limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition: the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987).

‘It’s going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metres, the largest gathering ever in the US, converge in Newport and it becomes clear that they are still being sailed at such a high level,’ said Gary Jobson who will serve as tactician aboard Courageous (US-26), an Olin Stephens design that will be helmed by Arthur Santry in the Modern class, for 12 Metres built between 1967 and 1983.