Steve Eddleston, 12 MYC Commodore & ITMA VP, Americas 12mR Fleet

Steve Eddleston, Commodore, 12 Metre Yacht Club, Newport Station

After a lengthy and for the most part successful corporate and startup career in computer engineering, working for the likes of Digital Equipment, Aspect and BEA, Steve’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he successfully developed and operated 17 fitness centers for Planet Fitness in Rhode Island and Southern Mass commencing in 2008. Having sold those locations in 2019, Steve is now an angel investor with Launchpad Venture Group and sails and charters Weatherly (US-17) out of Newport, Rhode Island.

Jack Klinck, 12 MYC Treasurer

Michael (Mike) Patterson

Michael Patterson
Michael Patterson

A graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in Yacht Management and Small Vessel Operations, Mike has been sailing, racing and managing 12mR yachts for more than 2 decades. First as captain and manager of Intrepid (US-22) for 22 years and for the past 8 years concurrently managing operations for New Zealand (KZ-3). Since 2009, he has also made time to manage several private racing teams… more

Jack LeFort, Past Commodore

Peter Gerard

Michael Fortenbaugh

Brad Read

Brad Read
Brad Read

Twice nominated as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Brad is an avid sailor and an afterguard member on a variety of racing yachts including his current position onboard 12mR New Zealand (KZ-3). Additional significant 12mR positions include his role as tactician / helmsman on Legacy KZ-5 (then Edgar Cato’s Hissar) from 2004-2008. A collegiate All-American Sailor from Boston University, Brad was selected as Collegiate Sailor of the Year for 1986. Among his many sailing achievements are eight World or North American championships as helmsman… more

JAMES (Jimmy) GUBELMANN, Commodore Emeritus

Commodore James Gubelmann
James Gubelmann

One of Commodore Gubelmann’s first impressive sailing credits came as a member of St. George’s undefeated 1964-5 varsity sailing team. It was there that he met future life-long friends and teammates racing Fireflies. Fast forward 43 years– together with some of these same mates, he claimed two 12mR World Championship as well as numerous North American and International titles with their Courageous (US-26) Syndicate… more


Newport Charter Fleet:
Kevin Hegarty, 12 Meter Charters
Mike Patterson,America’s Cup Charters
Technical Action Group (TAG):
Bob Campbell


Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell

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 simply enough– racing Tempests and Daysailers with his father and through the racing program at the Pleon Yacht Club 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 Vice President of Operations.

Between Cup campaigns Bob logged thousands of offshore miles, participating in all of the major ocean races and international yacht club series. He was involved with several Maxi programs and was Captain of Kialoa III, IV. His deep portfolio of knowledge has been gleaned from decades of involvement with IOR 50s, O.D. 48s, Swan 42s and many one-off boats of various sizes spanning multiple rating rules. BC’s inshore and one-design racing credits include multiple World and National Championships in Etchells, Sonars, Lasers, Tempests, 420s, J-24s and NYYC IC-37s.

Bob’s experience at the highest levels of yacht racing have made him a uniquely qualified advisor when it comes to increasing boat speed while observing rules compliance. The 12 Metre Yacht Club is thrilled to have BC’s incomparable technical and sailing experience on board and available to our Class members.

Contact Bob Campbell

Mick Harvey
Ralf Steitz, USMMA Sailing Foundation

Past Board Members 2013 – 2019

Commodore, James Gubelmann
Vice Commodore, Chandler “Bee” Hovey
Treasurer, James “Jamie” Hilton
Secretary, Carol Swift
Legal, Richard Sayer
Communications, SallyAnne Santos

Past Advisory Board

Paul Buttrose
Peter Gerard
Kate Gubelmann
Wm. H. Dyer Jones
Chris Meigher
Jeannie Sullivan
Sam Wakeman
Dr. ARG “Robin” Wallace