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A HUGE SUCCESS BY ANY MEASURE

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (May 14, 2017) – Metre boat sailors from four corners of the United States and Canada enjoyed a spectacular weekend of racing at METEREFEST NEWPORT 2017. By all accounts, the inaugural regatta for International Rule sailing yachts, held in conjunction with New York Yacht Club’s 163rd Annual Regatta with support from Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport was a huge success. Jamie Hilton, METREFEST NEWPORT 2017 Chairman said: “The idea of bringing Metre boat sailors of all different stripes together at one event proved to be more fun than we had even hoped. Sailors and skippers from all 3 classes on hand were very enthused at the event and were universally clamoring as to when and where the next METREFEST will be!”

12mR Laura (KZ-5) & 6mR Lucie (US-55) race alongside in the Around the Island Race. Each took first place in their respective Class / Division today.
12mR Laura, KZ-5 and 6mR Lucie US-55 each won their division in Friday’s Around the Island Race. (photo: James Hilton)

In the largest fleet of the regatta with 17 entries on the starting line, Dee Smith, US-7 dominated the 2.4mR class chalking up a perfect regatta. Not only did Smith win every race, he led at every single mark rounding. Ben Hall, US-77 placed second overall with 13 pts. and Theodore Green, US-175 finished third overall with 15pts. In Friday’s Around Rose Island Race, Theodore Green, US-175 finished second with Charles Rosenfield, US-142 (Woodstock, CT) in third. At Friday’s METREFEST NEWPORT 2017 dinner, upon accepting his Around the Island prize, Dee Smith suggested staging a 2.4mR World Championship in tandem with the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport; his idea was met with resounding cheers from the 300+ gathered Metre sailors.

METREFEST 2.4mR overall:

First: US-7, Dee Smith (Annapolis, MD)

Second: US-77, Ben Hall (Tiverton, RI)

Third: US-175, Theodore Green (North Kingston, RI)

Dee Smith, in US-7 sailed a perfect regatta at NEWPORT METREFEST 2017!
Dee Smith, in US-7 sailed a perfect regatta at NEWPORT METREFEST 2017!  (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)

Results in the 6mR Class were more mixed. Matt Brook’s Lucie, US-55 won the Around the Island Race on Friday followed by Thomas Rodes’ Discovery, US-109 (Cambridge, MA) in second and William Booth’s Flapper, N-71 in third. It was Booth’s Flapper, N-71 who won the weekend regatta however with a total of only 6 pts.

METREFEST 6mR Overall:

First: Flapper, N-71 – William Booth (Bristol, RI)

Second: Lucie, US-55 – Matt Brooks (Fremont, CA)

Third: Madcap, US-21 – Hugh Jones (Locust Valley, NY)

William Booth’s Flapper, N-71 set the tone for the weekend in Saturday’s first start squeezing out Jerry Goldlust’s Cherokee, US-53 and Hugh Jones’ Madcap, US-21 at the pin. (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)
William Booth’s Flapper, N-71 set the tone for the weekend in Saturday’s first start squeezing out Jerry Goldlust’s Cherokee, US-53 and Hugh Jones’ Madcap, US-21 at the pin. (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)
A rare site in recent years-- NINE 12mRs started together at METREFEST, marking a resurgence of the 12mR North American Fleet.
NINE 12mRs with formula designs spanning 1958 – 1986 shared one starting line at METREFEST NEWPORT 2017. (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)

The fabled 12mR Class showed up in force at METREFEST NEWPORT 2017. Nine 12mRs, representing 3 divisions of formula designs spanning 28 years of America’s Cup inspired yacht development, shared a starting line—a very rare occurrence. Dennis Williams’ freshly-restored Defender, US-33 returned to the racecourse after 23 years to win the Modern division in Friday’s Around the Island Race. Also finishing first Around the Island were Kip Curren’s Laura, KZ-5 in the Grand Prix division and Eagle 2019 Syndicate’s Traditional entry American Eagle, US-21.

METREFEST 12mR overall:

First, Grand Prix: New Zealand, KZ-3 – Gunther Buerman (Newport, RI)

First, Modern: Courageous, US-26 – Courageous Syndicate (Ralph Isham / Stephen Glascock, Newport, RI)

First, Traditional: Nefertiti, US-19 – Jon Wullschleger (Sarasota, FL)

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.metrefest.com

FRIDAY RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=4165

SATURDAY & SUNDAY RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=4166

PHOTOS:

Friday Docks:

http://windlasscreative.zenfolio.com/p1024839444

Friday METREFEST Dinner & Awards:

http://windlasscreative.zenfolio.com/p900557244

Saturday Docks & Racing:

http://windlasscreative.zenfolio.com/p343736396

Sunday 2.4mR Racing:

http://windlasscreative.zenfolio.com/p88964662

Sunday NYYC Awards:

http://windlasscreative.zenfolio.com/p644783704

CONTACT:

SallyAnne Santos

MetreFest Event Manager

401-847-0112

metrefest@gmail.com

DAY 2: WRAP

2.4mRs racing near the Newport Bridge.
2.4mRs racing near the Newport Bridge.
The 2.4mR fleet chases Dee Smith in USA-7. With his Around the Island Race win on Friday and 3 bullets today, Smith has sailed a perfect regatta to date.
The 2.4mR fleet chases Dee Smith in USA-7. With his Around the Island Race win on Friday and 3 bullets today, Smith has sailed a perfect regatta to date.
6mRs reach across the racecourse.
6mRs reach across the racecourse.
6mR Lucie US-55 executes a picture perfect spinnaker set.
6mR Lucie US-55 executes a picture perfect spinnaker set.
Older new and newer old 12mRs cross tacks... Gran Prix Laura (KZ-5), newly restored Modern Defender, (US-33) and Newport's favorite Traditional 12s Weatherly (US-17) and American Eagle (US-21).
Older new and newer old 12mRs cross tacks… Gran Prix Laura (KZ-5), newly restored Modern Defender, (US-33) and Newport’s favorite Traditional 12s Weatherly (US-17) and American Eagle (US-21).
12mRs starting together in close quarters.
12mRs starting together in close quarters.
A rare site in recent years-- NINE 12mRs started together at METREFEST, marking a resurgence of the 12mR North American Fleet.
A rare site in recent years– NINE 12mRs started together at METREFEST, marking a resurgence of the 12mR North American Fleet.

MetreFest Update, 5/19/17

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (May 19, 2017) – With just 3 weeks to go before the first start, sailors from Annapolis to Ottawa, Concord to Cambridge and Seattle to Sarasota are set to converge at Newport MetreFest 2017, an exciting new regatta for International Rule sailing yachts including 2.4mR, 6mR, 8mR and 12mRs.

From the sprightly single-handed 2.4mRs at just over 13 feet long to the majestic 12mRs ranging from 64-70 feet in length raced by crews of 17 sailors—these former and present-day Olympic and America’s Cup development classes will hold center stage at New York Yacht Club’s 163rd Annual Regatta from June 9-11.  MetreFest also has the distinction of being the first North American regatta of the International Twelve Metre Association’s of Road to the Worlds Waypoints, a three-year International 12mR competition culminating with the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport, RI.

Long time metre boat sailor Jamie Hilton, who helped conceive the idea of a “MetreFest“, is gratified to see the idea come to fruition. “Since I first started sailing on Courageous, US-26 in 2004 and have been actively racing the 6 Metre Lucie, US-55 since 2011 as well as on the Grand Prix 12 Metre New Zealand, KZ-3 the last few years, I’ve appreciated both the diversity and similarity of all International Rule yachts and sailors,” said Hilton. “The idea behind the MetreFest was to bring sailors from as many International Rule classes as possible together for a weekend of sailing, socializing and storytelling. Shared ‘war stories’ are always a big topic of interest under any regatta tent, but at MetreFest they will be of America’s Cup and Olympic proportions!”

Close mark roundings are a matter of course for Newport’s competitive 12mR fleet. (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)
Close mark roundings are a matter of course for Newport’s competitive 12mR fleet.
(photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)

The historic gathering at MetreFest will include past and present champions from each of their respective classes. Four of the ten anticipated 12mR entries are America’s Cup winners– Weatherly, US-17 (1962), Intrepid, US-22 (1967 & 1970), Courageous, US-26 (1974, 1977), and Freedom US-30 (1980). Also competing are American Eagle US-21, made famous by Ted Turner as a winning ocean-racer, Ted Hood’s innovative Nefertiti, US-19 and two of the three infamous Kiwi ‘plastic fantastics,’ New Zealand, KZ-3 and Laura, KZ-5 round out the 12mR fleet. Additionally, much anticipation surrounds the return-to-racing debut of 2016 12mR North American Champion, Dennis Williams’ newly restored Defender US-33.

A very competitive 6mR fleet will be comprised primarily of classic designs including SYCE, US-14 (1922), Madcap, US-21 (1924), Clytie II, US-33 (1927), Lucie, US-55 (1931), Flapper, N-17 (1939) and Newport’s own Cherokee US-53 (2009/1930). Discovery, USA-109 (1978) represents modern era Sixes.

The 6mR fleet last converged at Newport en masse for their 2009 World Cup. (photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)
The 6mR fleet last converged at Newport en masse for their 2009 World Cup.
(photo: SallyAnne Santos | WindlassCreative.com)
Close-packed, close-hauled and close-to-the-water, 2.4mRs beat to the weather mark.
Close-packed, close-hauled and close-to-the-water, 2.4mRs beat to the weather mark.

MetreFest is also very proud to host thirteen of the Paralympics 2.4mR class boats racing on their own circle, supported by Ida Lewis Yacht Club. “A highlight of the weekend will be watching this nimble fleet race around Rose Island on Friday,” said MetreFest’s 2.4mR Principal Race Officer, Dr. Robin Wallace. The 2.4mRs will be based at Sail Newport’s Fort Adams docks starting on Thursday, June 8 through the Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta in which they will also compete from June 21-25.

Event partner, Sail Newport is providing dockage for all of the MetreFest entries at their Fort Adams facility, enabling both sailors and spectators to walk the docks and appreciate the development of racing yacht design from vintage through modern boats up close. The public is invited to view the MetreFest fleet (before and after racing daily) free of charge. More info at: https://metrefest.com/

America’s Cup 12 Metre Freedom to Return to Newport

New Owner Preparing Historic Racing Yacht for Competition

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 16, 2017) – The 12 Metre yacht Freedom has been purchased by Charles A. Robertson (Guilford, Conn.), a well-known East Coast sailor who has been active in a number of America’s Cup and 12-Metre campaigns and is well known for skippering his Frers 75 Maxi Cannonball and a series of other like-named boats to victory in various one-design and offshore racing events.

Robertson, a former trustee of the New York Yacht Club, plans to race Freedom in the boat’s home waters of Newport, R.I. starting in June. He will participate in the International 12 Metre Class’s recently announced “Road to the Worlds” series that culminates in the 2019 12-Metre World Championship, which is scheduled to coincide with celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club.

The 12 Metre yacht Freedom (US-30) has been bought by Charles A. Robertson who will make her race-ready for the 2017 sailing season
The 12 Metre yacht Freedom (US-30) has been bought by Charles A. Robertson who will make her race-ready for the 2017 sailing season.

Designed by Olin Stephens and constructed at Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, NY, Freedom was the last yacht to successfully defend the America’s Cup for the New York Yacht Club by defeating Australia in 1980 in four out of five races. After the 1983 America’s Cup, she was sold to France where she stayed for many years before returning to the U.S. in 1999. Currently, Freedom is at Pilot’s Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. where she is undergoing substantial work. Along with getting new sails, instruments and electronics, she will be newly painted to look similar to how she did in 1980.

“Olin was a dear friend of mine, and Freedom was the last 12 Metre he designed,” said Robertson. “He had a special affection for this boat, and so do I.” Robertson added that – like his past Cannonball campaigns – this one will involve a contingent of “young, enthusiastic sailors who are predominantly amateur.”

In the Road to the Worlds series, Freedom will sail in Modern Division (for 12 Metres built between 1968 and 1983) against Victory 83, Challenge 12, Lionheart and the only two America’s Cup yachts to win the Cup twice, Intrepid* and Courageous.

The Road to the Worlds schedule for 2017 starts with the Newport MetreFest, June 9-11, which coincides with the New York Yacht Club 163rd Annual Regatta.

To find out more about Freedom, including crew opportunities visit https://freedomus12-30.com/. For more information on the Road to the Worlds 2019, visit http://www.12mrclass.com/ or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.com. Follow the 12 Metre class on Facebook.

*Although she was built before 1968, Intrepid is still considered a Modern; Australia II, built during the specified period for Modern designation, is not considered a Modern.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International, +1 (401) 849-0220; SallyAnne Santos, ITMA, +1 (401) 847-0112; Susan Whewell, Freedom, +1 (203) 453-6800 x 351