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14 June 2007, 02:18 pm
12 Metres take over Port America's Cup
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America's Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

The 12 Metre class, the boats used in the America's Cup for 30 years from 1958 until 1987, are again a part of the America's Cup in Valencia. In ISAF Centenary year, the 12 Metre class are also celebrating a 100 year anniversary and beginning on Thursday, 13 will race in the Valencia 12 Metre Regatta, one of many regattas celebrating the centenary of the first Class Championships.
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The fleet in Valencia is divided among into three classes; a Grand Prix division featuring four boats, the Modern division of three boats, and a six boat Classic division. The seven race regatta is scheduled from 14-17 June, with the first warning signal scheduled for 14:30 each day.

The 12-Metre class will be forever linked with the America's Cup, but the class was already 50 years old when it first provided boats for the Cup.

'Freedom, the winner of the America's Cup in 1980 and Challenge 12, a participant in the first Louis Vuitton Cup in 1983 and all three of the 'Plastic Fantastic' boats will be sailing as well,' notes Dyer JONES, Regatta Director of the 32nd America's Cup and co-author of 'The 12 Metre Class', a definitive history of the class.

'It's an historic class, but it's not an old class,' said William BOREL, the Vice President of the Class. 'You can see that all of the Grand Prix boats are very efficient, using the latest technology. This is only the beginning of the story.'

A typical 12 Metre is about 19 metres in length, carrying 180 square metres of sail with a displacement of 27 tonnes.

ISAF Centenary

Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.

Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame.

Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.

Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.

ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The 12 Metre Weatherly sailing in Rohode Island last year:© Onne Van Der Wal
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