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“Race for Ukraine” Fund Raising Regatta in Narragansett Bay

Race for Ukraine

A number of 12-Meter former America’s Cup yachts will be leading the “Race for Ukraine” fleet in Narragansett Bay June 4th to fundraise for Ukrainian relief.

The 12 Meter Yacht Club Newport Station will be staging two simultaneous fundraising regattas in Narragansett Bay on June 4th called “Race for Ukraine.” Any and all sailboats are welcome which have a PHRF rating. The race organizers are also looking for large motoryachts to serve as committee boats at the start and finish lines of two courses. This is a terrific opportunity for BoatTEST members – both power and sailboat owners – to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

Race for Ukraine

The charity event has been endorsed by the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) “in full support of the people of Ukraine in solidarity with the Northern Europe 12mR fleet in the Baltic Sea.

The organizing authority for the “Race for Ukraine” is the Herreshoff Marine Museum (HHM) which will register and score all entries under PHRF handicapping rules. Ida Lewis Yacht Club (ILYC) and Bristol Yacht Club (BYC) will provide simultaneous race starts at each end of the Bay.  

Race for Ukraine

The “Race for Ukraine” is meaningful way to start the season for all sailors.

All PHRF-Rated Sail Boats Welcome

The fundraising regatta is open to all sailboats with a current PHRF rating. Newport’s 12mR fleet is expected to turn out in force for this event, and early entries are Weatherly (US-17), the 1958 America’s Cup winner, Columbia (US-16) and Nefertiti (US-19).

Spearheading the “Race for Ukraine” is the 12 Metre Yacht Club Commodore and ITMA Americas’ Fleet Vice President, Steve Eddleston, owner of Weatherly (US 17). Eddleston said,

“I’m hoping this event will clearly demonstrate that sailors everywhere stand with the people of Ukraine. The most important competition will be the fundraising drive off of the water with each boat vying for top donation bragging rights.”

All proceeds will go directly to Heart to Heart International (HHI), a global humanitarian organization whose mission is to improve healthcare access around the world and has already sent $13 million in medicines and medical supplies to Ukraine.

Race for Ukraine

The “Race for Ukraine” organizers need several large motoryachts for committee boats. Contact chairman Eddleston:  

A Call for Megayacht Committee Boats

Regatta Chairman Eddleston said his committee needed a few good megayachts to serve as the start and finish committee boats for both racecourses. “This is a perfect opportunity for our powerboat friends to help us and to show their support for the people of Ukraine,” Eddleston said.

Owners of large motoryachts who would like to participate may contact Eddleston directly at

International 12 Meter Support

ITMA President, Paul Buttrose said: “On behalf of the International Twelve Metre Class, which includes a worldwide membership, it is most gratifying for me to support this important cause which is in urgent need.”

ITMA Northern Europe Fleet Vice President, Patrick Howaldt said: “We whole-heartedly support the efforts of our American friends and will be following the competition online with great interest.” 

Race for Ukraine

Regatta chairman Stephen Eddleston owns the 12 Meter Weatherly.

A Summer of “Races for Ukraine”

Eddleston said, “It is my hope that the ‘Race for Ukraine’ fundraiser concept will be adopted by other sailing groups and yacht clubs across the country.  It can give real meaning for everyone to race hard and win for Ukraine.”


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The 12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station is the organizing authority of the America's fleet of the International Twelve Metre Association. The mission of the yacht club is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the sport of 12 Metre racing.  It encourages continued involvement in preserving, restoring and racing 12 Metre yachts in the Newport area and elsewhere in the Americas. To learn more, visit


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, Johan Anker, Alfred Mylne, Charles E. Nicholson, Philip Rhodes, 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). To learn more, visit


Event Chairman, 12MYC Commodore:
Steve Eddleston
+1 617-548-7164

International 12 Metre Class:
SallyAnne Santos
+1 917-330-1730

12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station:

Peggy Hersam

+1 203-807-1066