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The twelve metre class

Coffee-table treatment for 12 Meters

Sloops in the 12 Meter Class played a significant role in the development of yachting in the 20th century. Large, graceful yachts with good racing speed and large crews, they were created by some of the world's best designers of the time.

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Twelve Meters were the exclusive contenders in 10 America's Cup competitions from 1958-1987, introducing many advanced materials and technological innovations to the sailing world.

Luigi Lang and former New York Yacht Club commodore and 12 Metre veteran Dyer Jones have written "The Twelve Metre Class," ($275 signed by author, LTYachting Editions, 2010), a limited-production and nearly 600-page, two-volume definitive history of the legendary yacht racing class. Chapters include topics such as evolving international rules and competitive designs for the America's Cup (1958-1987), the Olympics (1908, 1912 and 1920) and other major international events (1908-2009).

Focusing on designers, builders, sailmakers, owners, skippers and crews, the book tells the dramatic story of how the class was conceived and developed - and the extent of its influence on the evolution of yacht design and yacht racing in general.

The publication includes richly illustrated historic and contemporary photos, original lines plans and a preface by the late Olin J. Stephens.

The European publication is distributed under exclusive agreement in North America by Columbia Trading Co. in partnership with fellow maritime book dealer Howland & Co. of Boston; and the International Twelve Metre Association in Newport, R.I. Because of its size and weight, shipping is $12 via USPS Media Mail.

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Sections of the February issue.