Calling All America’s Cup 12 Metre Crew

The crews of the 12 Metre era are reuniting in Newport, R.I., Sept. 16 to 19.

Sailing World


Newport, RI…Did you race as crew on an America’s Cup 12 Metre or know someone who did? The skippers, crews, syndicate owners and afterguard of the 12 Metre era of the America’s Cup are heading to Newport for a reunion. The event will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club and presented by Rolex Watch USA. Those who sailed in an America’s Cup race on 12 Metres from 1958 to 1987 are qualified to attend. This is a wonderful chance to celebrate. The reunion will take place Sept. 16-19 at New York Yacht Club Harbor Court. Some of the events include a Reunion Sail on Saturday and a 12 Metre Reunion Brunch and Legends Panel on Sunday. The legends include, in alphabetical order, Dennis Connor, Russell Coutts, Bill Ficker, Bill Koch, Ted Turner, Tom Whidden and more with US SAILING President Gary Jobson as the moderator.

Other reunion events include a BBQ dinner, a clambake with Gary Jobson’s premier of the “12 Metre Era Retrospective”, the America’s Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion Dinner and the 17th America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Rolex Watch USA. One of the honorees is Rhode Island’s own Halsey Herreshoff who is distinguished as the most active America’s Cup sailor during the 12 Metre era.

This is a once in a lifetime reunion opportunity. To learn more about the Reunion and to view the list of registered attendees, visit the Reunion home page on the NYYC site. Reunion Co-Chairs include 12 Metre veterans Gary Jobson, Jeff Neuberth, Jan Slee and Tom Whidden. For more information or to register, contact Co-Chair Jan Slee at or Daniela Burton at

If you sailed in the America’s Cup during the 12 Metre Era, don’t miss this chance to catch up with your former teammates, party with your old competitors and share in the glory of the Twelves. These boats are still racing and still elegant. Come to the reunion.

For more information, please contact Connie Bischoff, 12 Metre Class Secretary, at or call 305 812-1073.