The 112 year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects including Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Philip Rhodes, Johan Anker, Ben Lexcen and more who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition– the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987).
Executive: Elected by full International Membership
Chris Winter, 12mR Class President
At 16 years old as a sailing instructor at his local club, Chris began his life-long career as a professional sailor, coach and sailmaker. After University study, he was hired as an Offshore Sailing School Director in the US and BVI. Next, he acquired sail-making expertise at Melges Sails and Shore Sails in the US and Finland. As a competitor, Chris was a crew member in the Ultimate 30 Professional Sailing Series in 1991-1993 and as Head Coach he led the USMMA Offshore Sailing Team to victory at the AYC Spring Series. While working at Finland’s WB Sails, he successfully coached 2004 Athens Olympic qualifiers from NZL and AUS as well as Bermuda’s Yngling team. The Finnish Sailing Federation selected Chris as that country’s Olympic Head Coach through 2009 when he started CW Sailing Consultant OY, to provide elite level race coaching, professional sailing, boat optimization, tuning and seminars. Since 2014 he has been captain of Blue Marlin (FIN-1) and Manager of Oy Scripo Red Sky Yachts. ITMA is fortunate to have Chris’ experience and expertise now focused on the 12mR Class.
Dennis Gunderson, 12mR Class Treasurer
A life-long sailor, Dennis has been professionally involved in yachting since 2009. His first 12mR experience was crewing on Gleam (US-11). Subsequently he has held varied roles on many 12mRs from bowman on Laura (KZ-5) to captain of Northern Light (US-14) and Owner’s Rep of Enterprise (US-27), over-seeing her re-design/refit. Most recently, as co-owner of Gleam he is working on a multi-year effort to restore and actively campaign her throughout New England. Dennis is passionate about the history, personalities, performance and elegance in aesthetics of the Twelves.
SallyAnne Santos, 12mR Class Secretary & Communications Director
SallyAnne arrived in Newport from NYC in 2002 after a successful 17-year career in the entertainment industry. In 2003, she became involved with the 12mR Class while serving as Creative Director of the Museum of Yachting. First elected ITMA Secretary in 2011, she serves on the Exec Comm and reports to World Sailing. SallyAnne has played key roles at several 12mR Worlds including Barcelona, Newport and Helsinki. Combining photography, copywriting and graphic design, she creates race reporting and editorial content set against the backdrop of 12mR history. Her work has been published in national and international yachting, history and and lifestyle publications online and in print. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Ted Turner Trophy for outstanding contribution to the 12mR Class; her inscription reads… “the picture of perseverance.”
Robert de Haer, 12mR Class Registrar
Although based in Hong Kong, Robert is a regular racer within the Northern European 12mR fleet aboard Thea (D-1). Robert has had a passion for competitive sailing since he was a teenager in Holland where he raced in the Flitz class with his brother. As co-owner of Scallywag (Ruffian RHKYC) and has participated in more than 200 regattas organized by the RHKYC. He also owns a 33′ Cheoy Lee ketch called Xio Rui. Robert recently accepted the role of 12mR Class Registrar, for which ITMA is extremely grateful. He has taken on the dauting project of tracking down and recording information of 12mR yachts worldwide.
ITMA Vice Presidents / Fleet Captains: Elected by Members of their Regional Fleets
Steve Eddleston, Vice President Americas Fleet
After a successful international career in computer engineering, working for the likes of DEC, Aspect Communications, BEA, and Honeywell Steve’s entrepreneurial and fitness passion kicked in and he successfully founded and operated 17 fitness centers for Planet Fitness in Rhode Island and Southern Mass. Steve is most recently a high-tech angel investor and sails and charters his beautiful and historic yacht Weatherly (US-17) in Newport, Rhode Island. Although a Kiwi, Steve didn’t start building his sailing skills until the early 90’s in Maine on small Hobies and other multihulls then leapt to schooners (Eros) before settling on the 12mR class as the ultimate sailing experience for speed, beauty and teamwork.
Patrick Howaldt, Vice President Northern Europe Fleet
Patrick, a German national who resides in Copenhagen (DEN), was one of the drivers responsible for the activation of the Vintage 12mR fleet racing in the Baltic Sea. As a third generation Metre boat sailor, his family sailed 6mRs and 8mRs. Thanks to his efforts starting in 1998 as “Spiritus Rector” (Latin, guiding spirit) of Thea (D-1)’s restoration project, the 1918 Johan Anker-design is now the oldest competitive 12mR regularly racing in Europe. With syndicate partners, he purchased and successfully campaigned Vanity V (K-5) from 2006-2014. That year, he realized his long-held dream of owning Vim (US-15). Together with his partners, he won the European 12mR Championships in 2015 and 2019 and captured the 12mR World Championship at Helsinki in 2021. Additionally, Patrick has supported the efforts of 12mRs Jenetta (K-1) and Wings (K-15) syndicates and remains committed to building interest in 12mR sailing.
Bernard Minvielle, Vice President Southern Europe Fleet
Bernard’s racing skills were first rewarded when he qualified for the Junior French Championships in the 420 Class. After graduating from the ESSEC Business School, he served as an Officer in the French Navy. Much of his professional career was spent working with the Bich family, first as General Manager and President of Dufour Yachts, the manufacturer of the 12mRFrance III (F-3) for the 1982 Americas Cup, owned by Marcel Bich. Subsequently he was the General Manager of BIC Sports and BIC Sports USA, owned by Bruno Bich. Bernard is a member of the AFCA (French Association for the America’s Cup), the Yacht Club de France and the Yacht Club Classique. Most recently, Bernard has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Southern European 12mR fleet.
Technical Committee: Appointed by Executive Committee & Technical Committee Chair
Ken McAlpine, Technical Committee Chairman
Ken is Australian and grew up sailing dinghies including 18 footers on Sydney Harbour. He has a degree in Naval Architecture and owned a consultancy design business specializing the commercial vessels up to 40 m in length. He has been integrally involved in the America’s Cup initially as the measurer of Australia II (KA-6) and as measurer at the America’s Cup in 1987. Subsequently he was appointed Chief Measurer for the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2007 & 2017. ITMA has been extremely fortunate to have Ken’s expertise and experience working with the 12mR Class for 41 years and counting!
Robert Campbell, Technical Committee
Bob “BC” Campbell is one of a very few individuals who have Won, Lost AND Won the America’s Cup with Freedom (US-30) 1980, Liberty (US-40) 1983 and America 3 in 1992 respectively. His passion for sailing began racing with his father and through the racing program at the Pleon YC in Marblehead, MA. He raced locally in offshore boats with Ted Hood and family — Ted a master sailmaker and designer of 1964 America’s Cup 12mR defender-contender Nefertiti (US-19) and 1974 Cup winning skipper of Courageous (US-26). The opportunity and experience gained from Hood was pivotal in launching Bob’s remarkable life-long career in yacht racing. He landed his first 12mR crew position onboard Independence (US-28) –one of the 12s vying to defend the America’s Cup in 1977. That was just the first of 8 America’s Cups now listed on his extensive sailing CV which features numerous positions with several campaigns where he developed and shared his multiple areas of expertise from Crew Member to Coach, and from Technical Advisor to VP of Operations.
Kay-Enno Brink, Technical Committee
Kay-Enno grew up in Flensburg and started sailing and racing dinghies as a child. In 1997, after graduating from the University of Hamburg with a Naval Architecture degree, he worked in the yacht design business and at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin through 2005. Since 2006, Brink has served as Technical Committee Chairman for the German Sailing Federation. Professionally, Kay-Enno provided engineering services for the restoration and new-build of 12mR yachts as well as other Metre class boats. Since accepting the appointment to ITMA’s Technical Committee, he has expertly attended to the 12mR fleet’s measurement and certification process including at 12mR World and Regional Championships. An avid 12mR and 8mR sailor, Kay-Enno enjoys land sailing in his free time.