The Twelve Metre Class played a significant role in the development of yachting in the 20th century. Large graceful yachts, with good racing speed and manned by large numbers of crew, they were designed by some of the world’s greats: Johan Anker, William Fife, Alfred Mylne, Charles Nicholoson, Olin Stephens: it was inevitable that they would make their mark in history. Moreover, in her second life after the World War II, she has been the protagonist of the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987: a important part of the yachting history, a perfect training for the most renowned designers of the period and for the test of some of the most advanced and innovative materials and technical solutions.
And here, at last, is the long awaited definitive book of this spectacular Class which its followers have been looking for. It brings to life the history of this very special Class, focusing on its designers, owners, skippers and crews, and telling the story of how the class was conceived, its development, and its influence on the evolution of yacht design. Illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs and original lines plans of the boats, it also includes a complete register of every Twelve Metre ever built, giving details of designer, builder, first and following owners, current home port and sail number.
This beautiful tribute is a complete history of the Twelve Metre Class ever completed of which a remarkable number of the early designs have survived.
Preface by Olin Stephens
Chapter 1 The 19th Century : the Search for a rating Rule
Chapter 2 The International Rule
Chapter 3 The 12 Metre of the First Rule (1907-1919)
Chapter 4 The Second and Third Rule
Chapter 5 The 12 Metre of the Second and Third Rules (1920-1939)
Chapter 6 Twelves and the America’s Cup (1958 - 1987)
Chapter 7 12-Metre Influence on the Evolution of Yachting
Chapter 8 A new summer...
Boxes: Olympic Games and the Twelve Metres
Veronica K 10
Vim US 15
Intrepid US 22
Australia II KA 6
The Hall of Fame: biographies of the most important designers
Appendix The Twelve Metre Register
Index of Yachts in alphabetical order
Index of Yachts by nation and designer
Index of Yachts by the International Rules
Index of Yachts by year of launch
Index of Sail numbers
Index of Yachts names
America's Cup - Deed of Gift
Racing Records Olympic Games (1908 - 1912 - 1920)
World Championships (2003 - 2006 - 2007)
European racing records (1908/2009)
American racing records (1928/2009)