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Forgive my ignorance of all things nautical - but a 12 meter race? Should it be 12 kilometers? Why wouldn't nautical miles be used? Perhaps it refers to the size of the boats entering the race? Don't we still measure them by feet?
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No, no, BD! These boats are about 24 meters long. "12 Metres" is the result of a mathematical formula!
"In 1958, after a twenty-one year halt of America's Cup competition, racing continued with a new class of racers, the 12 Metre Class. These 60 to 70 foot sloops were smaller in size, easier to crew, and more manageable on a race course than the previous 135 foot America's Cup racing class, J boats. However, the 12 Metre class, like the J boats, were designed based on a formula. This meant that 12 Metre Class yachts could vary in sail area, length, and other speed production aspects. The following is the mathematical formula by which all 12 Metre yachts are measured.
"This formula inputs speed producing factors (length (L), sail area (Sa), freeboard (F), and a girth measurement (2D)) through a simple mathematical formula. In order for a yacht to be a Twelve Metre the results of this formula must not exceed 12 Metres. To limit the likelihood that one 12 Metre design would be vastly superior than another and promote fair and competitive racing there are other restrictions on design measurements of 12 Metre racing yachts. Maximum and minimum parameters on mast height, draft, beam and headsail height are applied to 12 Metre racing yachts to ensure that there is not too much diversity among boats.
"Twelve Metre yachts are quite possibly the most fascinating racing sailboats ever built. They have a beauty and size that, along with their America's Cup history, has attracted and intrigued yachtsmen since their debut."
Ah - man I wish I had a sailboat again. My last one was a 20 foot Halman double ender that I honestly didn't have time to treat properly and sail on a regular basis. Finally found a good home for her in Maine - family of three who loved the boat when they first saw it. My last real "sail" on her was taking Dad aboard and sailing it up the coast to her new home.
I'd love to own another, but I'm not sure I can handle it anymore. Then again, I have a need for speed - as in ETEC power on my center consoles. Nothing like getting to the fishing grounds in a hurry. :>)
Then again, there's nothing wrong with maybe getting a Sail or Sunfish is there? :>)
You must have had a great sailing day, Gwynnie. My husband reviewed the photos with lust and sadness in his eyes. One of those boats resembles a Pearson 28 he had back in the 1960s. Wonderful boat it was.