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Victory '83 at 12 Metre North American Championship

Nine 12 Metre teams, sailing so-called “Golden Era” (1958-1987) boats, made it a long weekend in Newport as they competed in their North American Championship.K22 Victory '83 -

Winning the three-boat Modern division was Victory ’83, skippered by Dennis Williams, who won all three of his races on day one but had a tougher time of it on day two.

In the end, Intrepid finished third overall, conceding second to Courageous, skippered by Ralph Isham.

In the hard-fought Traditional class, it was Alain and Dan Hanover’s Columbia that edged out Weatherly, skippered by Jay Schachne, by two points after a protest in the last race of the last day went its way.

It resulted in the team posting a total of four victories in its score line along with three seconds and a third.

Weatherly’s strong performance included three victories and a two-point lead in final scoring over Bob Morton’s (Newport, R.I.) American Eagle.

Winning the Grand Prix division by eight points over its closest competitor was KZ-3, skippered by Gunther Buerman.

KZ-5, skippered by Kip Curren (Newport, R.I.) took second in Grand Prix division, while Lionheart, skippered by Harry Graves (Grand Isle, Vermont), finished third.

At the Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the Gubelmann Trophy was awarded to the three division winners, while the Ted Hood Trophy was awarded to the 12 Metre teams with the highest points overall for the season: KZ-3 (Grand Prix), Victory ’83 (Modern) and Weatherly (Traditional).

Dennis Williams was also awarded this year’s Ted Turner Trophy for his “noteworthy contributions to the 12 Metre Class both on and off the water.”

Along with Victory ’83 (with which he has won the 12 Metre Worlds and multiple North American Championships), Williams owns two other 12 Metres, USA (US-61) and Defender (US-33).

They both need work to become race-ready, but if Williams has his way, they will be completed and have new owners by the 2019 12 Metre World Championship in Newport, when 30 of the boats are expected to converge on Newport from all over the world.

2016 12 Metre North American Championship

Grand Prix
KZ-3, Gunther Buerman, Newport, R.I., 1-1-1-1-2-1-1-1; 9 pts
Laura (KZ-5), Kip Curren, Newport, R.I., 2-2-2-2-1-4-2-2; 17 pts
Lionheart (K-18), Harry Graves, Grand Isle, Vermont, 3-4-3-3-3-2-3-3; 24 pts

Victory ’83 (K-22) , Dennis Williams (Newport, R.I./Hobe Sound, Fla.) 1-1-1-2-1-2-3-3; 14 pts
Courageous (US-26), Ralph Isham, Newport, R.I. 2-2-2-3-3-1-1-1; 15 pts
Intrepid (US-22), Jack Curtin (New York, N.Y.) 3-4-4-1-2-3-2-2; 21 pts

Columbia (US-16), Alain and Dan Hanover, Boston, Mass., 1-3-2-2-2-1-1-1; 14 pts
Weatherly (US-17), Jay Schachne, Barrington, R.I., 2-1-3-1-1-2-3-4(DSQ); 17 pts
American Eagle (US-21), Bob Morton, Newport, R.I., 3-2-1-3-3-3-2-2; 20 pts