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12 Metre Foundation Sail on the yachts that made America’s Cup history and help maintain their proud legacy

Relive the dream of America’s Cup l2m Sailing……..    
The Learning Experience The 12 Metre Yacht Development Foundation offers young and old the opportunity to experience the thrill of world class sailing in the Long Island Sound.
Experience the thrill of America's Cup style sailing 12m Match Racing Take part in building upon Long Island Sound’s historical connection to America’s Cup 12m sailing legacy through match racing out of Greenwich Harbor.
Head to Head Competition America II US 42 was selected by Hollywood to star in the movie Wind. The movie recounts the USA defender’s loss of the America’s Cup to the Australians and their subsequent challenge four years later to win back the “America’s Cup” Hollywood style..


l2mYDF’s Charitable Mission:

Acquire, restore, and preserve historic
America’s Cup l2m yachts and their racing heritage

April, 20l4

In 2006, we created the 12m Yacht Development Foundation “l2mYDF” – whose Charitable Mission is to “acquire, restore, and preserve historic America’s Cup Class l2m yachts and their match racing heritage.” I am pleased to report that your continued contributions and support have made it possible for us to remain true to our cause with determined vigor and success.

12mYDF was specifically based-on the Western end of Long Island Sound - so that we could begin to return these historic 12m yachts back to the region which has had such a significant historical link to the America’s Cup. Our foundation began its acquisition of America’s Cup yachts with America II / US42 whose syndicate campaigned in the 1987 America’s Cup in Perth, Australia and then acquired Lionheart /K18 which challenged for Great Britain in the 1980 America’s Cup in Newport, RI. With your help were actively continue our acquisitions of other historic America’s Cup Class yachts.

Both of our magnificent 12m yachts are berthed in Greenwich Harbor at our docks on Steamboat Road in Greenwich, Connecticut. Over the last 6 years we have used these historic yachts in the following activities to name a few;

  • Raised over $1.65m in enabled charitable giving as live auction items for such major charities as the late Paul Newman’s “Hole in the Wall Gang Foundation” and become one of Fairfield County’s largest charitable donors.
  • Conducted JSA endorsed Junior Sailing Match Race Programs at major yacht clubs including Seawanhaka-Corinthian, American, Pequot, Norwalk, and Noroton to name a few.
  • Delivered “hands on” team building and training sessions for major patron corporations such as: GenRe/Berkshire Hathaway, M&M Mars, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank.

As a 501c3 Public Foundation sustaining our annual growth and development while maintaining these historic yachts could only have been made possible through the generous contributions, from our many enthuastiac sailors, benefactors and partner charities. The goal of our 6th Annual Appeal is to raise $250,000 to help:

  • Broaden and deepen our “free and on request” sail clinics and match race clinics among the yacht clubs of Long Island Sound for young sailors of the JSA, other sailing enthusiasts and from executive training and leadership programs of schools, colleges and major corporations.
  • Execute necessary repairs and restoration of our America’s Cup class 12m yachts including engine, hydraulic systems, instrument replacement, hull paint and bottom work, as well as sail and rigging work.

In addition, or long terms goals include:

  • New Acquisitions, Restoration & Preservation of historic America’s Cup Class l2m’s Yachts
  • Building an Annual Endowment through new major benefactors and donors.
  • Expand our “free and on request” America’s Cup Class “Match Racing” opportunities throughout the season for youth, community and corporate organizations
  • Participate, crate and execute Annual America’s Cup Class l2m events and awareness for all to enjoy.


Your participation and generous support for l2mYDF’s 6th Annual Appeal will make a significant difference to our meeting the goals of our charitable mission.

Patrick Sikorski
Executive Director / Trustee
l2m Yacht Development Foundation
10 Homewood Lane, Darien, Connecticut 06820 USA
T: 203-656-1182 C: 203-918-527l E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



America's Cup

Sparkman & Stephens
and Spirit Yachts, Ltd. Announce New J-Class Racing Yacht Project

Sparkman & Stephens is pleased to announce their collaboration with Spirit Yachts, Ltd. of Ipswich, England to build a new J-Class racing yacht. Exterior styling and interior design will be by Spirit Yachts with naval architecture and engineering by Sparkman & Stephens.  The boat will be named 'Cheveyo' (pronounced shu-Vay-o), a native American word meaning 'spirit warrior' and will carry sail number J1.

While the 1937 J-class Ranger design utilized lines 77C because it was found to have the best potential for racing in the sheltered waters off Newport, Rhode Island, Cheveyo will be built using the Ranger 77B hull design for the more exposed conditions of today's classic regattas. If you recall in 1936 an original series of six hull designs was submitted by Starling Burgess and Sparkman & Stephens to Harold Vanderbilt for the 1937 America's Cup defense. Each of the six Ranger designs was extensively tank tested by Burgess and S&S to select the optimum hull-form to defend the America's Cup against the challenger Endeavour II, designed by Charles Nicholson. The 'Super J' Ranger was thus born, and went on to triumph decisively over Endeavour II in the 1937 series.

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