• 12 Metre class sailors
  • In 1987, use of the 12 Metre class was ended, switching to  boats for the 1992 competition.
  • 12 Metre class sailors
  • American Eagle, Intrepid, Columbia, Nefertiti, Weatherly, and Hertiage, 12 Metre Class, sailing in the Opera House Cup regatta.

The 12 Metre Class: The History of the International 12 Metre Class from the First International Rule to the America's

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To encourage participation in racing and also encourage restoration which remained true to the spirit of the original design, the 12 Metre class association introduced a handicapping system to allow 12 Metres of all ages to race together on a more equal footing. The basis is a handicap applied to each boat according to the 'era' of its design to encourage owners to restore older boats and participate in exciting and sociable racing.

To encourage participation in racing and also encourage restoration which remained true to the spirit of the original design, the 12 Metre class association introduced a handicapping system to allow 12 Metres of all ages to race together on a more equal footing. The basis is a handicap applied to each boat according to the 'era' of its design to encourage owners to restore older boats and participate in exciting and sociable racing.

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Evolution of a Design - The 12 Metre Class

The 12 Metre Class is a rating class for racing boats designed to the . It enables fair competition between boats that rate in the class whilst retaining the freedom to experiment with the details of their designs. The first 12 Metres were built in 1907. The 12 Metre Class was used in the Olympic Games of , and but only few boats participated. The 12 Metre class boats are probably best known for their use from 1958 to 1987 in the .