Join us for a fascinating panel discussion on the storied history of the 12 Metre Class with three of its experts: David Elwell, Peter Gerard, and Dyer Jones.
Moderated by veteran sailor Jamie Hilton, this event will feature fascinating tales and behind-the-scenes details about the 12 Metres' history, especially it relates to the height of Twelve Metre fever from the 1958-1987 America's Cup races held in Newport.
Don't miss this exciting prelude to the 12 Metre World Championship taking place in July! Complimentary beer and wine will be served.
About the Panelists
David Elwell is a veteran sailor and was a crew member aboard Intrepid in 1970 when she won the America's Cup. In 1977, David was Commodore of the sponsoring New York Yacht Club when Ted Turner skippered Courageous to America's Cup victory.
Peter Gerard is the Event Chair of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship and is Vice President of the International 12 Metre Association's America's Fleet. He first sailed 12 Metres in the early 60s and has raced on many of the current America's Fleet yachts.
Dyer Jones started his career with the America's Cup in 1967 working for the Columbia syndicate where he spent the summer hauling sails. Dyer is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and served as its Race Committee Chairman during the memorable 1983 America’s Cup when the United States lost the cup for the first time in its 132 year history. Dyer is also the co-author with Luigi Lang of The Twelve Meter Class, an authoritative history.