Renderings of the Super 12 Yacht

Publish date:
Social count:

Farr Yacht Design of Annapolis, Maryland, has released the first renderings of the new Super 12 yacht that will be used in the annual San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge (SFYRC) for the Super 12 Cup beginning in July 2017 on San Francisco Bay.


Not surprisingly, the renderings are very much in keeping with the intent of the effort, which is to restore the kind of classic, Corinthian big-boat international yacht racing that was lost when the America’s Cup turned into the fully professional event it is today.

“Above the waterline the boats are inspired by the classic meter-boat look—long bow and stern overhangs, low freeboard, sheer spring, and narrow beam,” says Farr Yacht Design vice president Britton Ward. “Below the waterline, a modern appendage package with a deep lead bulb with wings and a trim tab provide power and exceptional upwind performance.”

Ward added that the boats are being designed to sail upwind into the San Francisco tide at relatively high angles of heel and run deep downwind with fractional symmetric spinnakers, providing spectators and television audiences incredible visuals in both fleet and match-racing settings.

“With a classic look above the waterline and a modernized underbody, the Super 12s will return dignity, style and stability to yacht racing,” says SFYRC CEO Tom Ehman, summing up the intent of the modernized versions of the 12 Meter yachts that race for the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987.

In addition to the boats—which will all have to meet strict one-design requirements to ensure parity and limit costs—crews will have to comply with rigorous nationality rules, and each 12-member crew will include a minimum of two women, two men, two people under age 22 and one person 62 or over. For more on the new series, visit

Illustration courtesy of San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge

June 2016



Charter: Historic Croatia

Heaps of history—that’s not usually what comes to mind when you plan a sailing charter, but if you like a bit of culture mixed with your cruising, Croatia is the place to go. Caught between two worlds, (the whitewashed laid back vibe of the Mediterranean and the brash demeanor of more


Gear: Pan-Pan man-overboard Locator

There He Goes!The Pan-Pan man-overboard locator won a Pittman award for 2017 as a great idea, and now it is in production as the Weems & Plath CrewWatcher. It’s a two-part system that employs a smartphone app to locate a small personal beacon that triggers automatically should more


SAIL 2018: Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.comAnd don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter.Check back for updates!This was taken from half way across the 26 mile crossing more

Landing Page Lead

The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean

Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far more


SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comTeak deck paradise  I had a call recently from the man who replaced the deck on my Mason 44 five years ago. He was worried about the way people are wrecking their teak decks trying to get the green off. more


Gear: ATN Multi Awning

THROW SOME SHADEAmong the many virtues of cruising cats is the large expanse of netting between their bows, which is the ideal place to hang out with a cold one after a hard day’s sailing and let the breeze blow your worries away. Only trouble is it can get a bit hot up there more


How to Sail the Med

“After spending so many years sailing the Caribbean, I was frankly astounded at how much more I enjoy the Mediterranean,” says Scott Farquharson of charter brokers Proteus Yacht Charters. “The culture, the history, the food, the weather, friendly people, crystal-clear water—there more