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19 September 2005, 10:53 am
Edgar CATO New World Champion
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12 Metre World Championship 2005
New York, USA

It was a sight for sore eyes as the largest-ever collection of 12-Metres to assemble for a regatta in the U.S. sailed the East Passage of Narragansett Bay and out to their old stomping grounds off Brenton Point this week.
No ALT tag specifiedThe boats that sailed for the America's Cup from 1958 to 1987 were reunited for the International 12-Metre Association's 2005 World Championships sponsored by The Jibe. The 16 entrants were divided into four divisions to compete for the class's North American Championships.

Under the current class rules, only the Grand Prix division was also eligible for the world championship title. Winning seven of nine races made Edgar CATO and his Hissar the new World Champion. As such he won the Chandler Hovey Memorial Trophy. CATO also won the North American Championship in the Grand Prix class. The North American Championship Modern was won by Craig MILLARD'S Courageous. The North American Championship Classic Traditional went to Weatherly, Clayton DEUTSCH, and the North American Championship Classic Vintage was won by Onawa, sailed by the PARRISH/MCMILLEN/KEILLAND/FREMONT-SMITH Syndicate. Clayton DEUTSCH'S Weatherly was also presented a Rolex timepiece for the outstanding performance of the regatta based on a championship formula.

The Azzurra Trophy was awarded to New York Yacht Club as the club of the world champion. The NYYC also hosted the event.

Over four days of racing, the competitors were treated to the full spectrum of late summer weather in New England. Racing offshore on day one of the championships, they successfully avoided the torrential rain that flooded streets in coastal Rhode Island; while an hour delay on day three allowed tropical storm Ophelia to take her high winds out to sea; and, saving the best for last, they were rewarded with abundant sunshine and 9-12 knot winds for a spectacular final day of racing.

Jan Harley (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Edgar Cato with the America's Cup Replica Trophy © Michael Lewitt
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