The Annual CMA 12 Meter Regatta in Greenwich almost didn’t happen this year, with a forecast for 25-30 knots and 100% chance of rain on Friday September 26th. But they made a great call and nine 12 meters went out in moderate breeze and raced. In fact, the classic 12s were all asked to shake out their reefs by the end of the day. Pictured to the right are the two Grand Prix 12s, which were match racing each other during the CMA regatta. The significance here is that both yachts are named America II, both having been built for the same cup campaign in 1987. US 42, to windward with the unfortunate “Be Fabulous” on the jib, and US 46, to leeward, were built along with US 44 to become the NYYC syndicate. 46, deemed faster in the heavy air and big seas of Perth, Australia, went on to sail in the Louis Vuitton cup but did win the challenger position for the America’s Cup; 42, it can be said became more notorious, however, as it “starred” in the ’90s movie “Wind”. In fact, it was repainted only last year after keeping the Geronimo name and design for years.
US 42 is owned and sailed by the 12 meter Yacht Development Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring and maintaining 12 meters. Read more about the Greenwich, CT- based non-profit organization’s mission and become a member here.
US 44 is a charter boat in Hawaii.
See more CMA Regatta photos here.