Trudeau 12 Metre


Trudeau Yachts is returning to the “big boats” with the 12 Metre racer/cruiser. Based on the real life 12 Metre class, the yachts that raced in the America’s Cup competition for nearly 30 years from the 1950s through the 1980s, the Trudeau 12 Metre is an accurate scale model of these celebrated boats. 70 ft in length – “12 metres” doesn’t indicate the boat’s length, but rather the result of a complex formula whose variables include waterline length, sail area, beam, freeboard, “girth” (the measurement taken around the boat from one sideboard, under the keel, and then over the top on the opposite side back to the original side) – boats designed to this class were first built in 1907.

Third Rating Rule, and, from 1956, the America’s Cup Rule

Used from 1933 onwards:

<br /> \frac{L + 2d + \sqrt{S} - F}{2.37} \leq 12 \mbox{ metres}<br />


  • L = waterline length (LWL)

  • d = difference between skin girth and chain girth

  • S = sail area

  • F = freeboard

The America’s Cup competition, suspended during the second world war, when resumed more economical vessels were needed to replace the huge and expensive J-class yachts that were raced in the 1930s; the 12 Metre class was selected. Trudeau selected the 12 Metre as a successor to their popular J-Class boat, they are similar in inworld size (the real world J Class boats were nearly twice the size of the 12 Metres).

Size is about the only quality in common between the Trudeau J-class and Trudeau 12 Metre. The Trudeau 12 Metre is constructed of mesh, her lines and detailing are completely accurate and taken from the 1937 wooden 12 Metre “Trivia” (whose wonderful site can be found here:


The Trudeau 12 Metre has a full compliment of luffing “Trusails” – main, jib, genoa, and spinnaker. She has a full and spacious well appointed cabin for relaxing and lounging below decks.


Jacqueline Trudeau considers the new 12 Metre as the new flagship of the Trudeau fleet. I bet it will be very well received.

No news yet as to release date and price. Lets hope that is comes soon.

I would love to race this yacht, so fingers crossed that it performs as good as it looks.



Sail numbers, boat-names and graphics


I was recently directing a race of Patch II yachts. A great fleet of boats, but tricky to identify some individuals from a distance and to determine who’s who in case of a protest. Mine is the one with the big red-ochre sail on the sideline at the start, you can’t miss that.

The Patch II is a classic boat and many classics never had race numbers, but if we do add a sail number in an appropriate way, I think it would help with the races and minimize confusion in case of disputes.

So what I’m proposing, is that you add a number or a means to uniquely identify your sail. This can be a logo, a colour or a sail number (or a combination of them). And for numbers, the most logical is to use the boat ID. A good time to think about your ID if it’s a little silly now. For IDs, I recommend the initials of the owner or name of the boat followed by either the boat number or chat channel. My yacht is called ‘Naked Lady’, the IDs are NL01 (my first one that is varnished), and NL02 (my black painted racing version).

I was adding some numbers for a couple of friends, this is what they look like.


So as I now have this template to easily add other numbers to the Patch II sails, I’m offering this service to other Patch II owners if you want a number on your’s. Just send me some Lindens to cover the image uploading, give me the number, and I’ll send you a notecard with the UUID of the new sail texture.

To add this new sail to your Patch II, you simply edit the boat, go to the Contents tab and drag the notecard that I give you called ‘sails’ into the Contents along with the other stuff there like the settings notecard etc. You take back the boat into your inventory and voilà, you have it.


I can also add a name to the transom of your little yacht if you desire. This takes a little longer so buy me some wine or something first. I need the boat colour (for the background – white, blue, red, black or bright/varnished);  then I need the name of your boat and  the port where you keep it or where you live or your yacht club (just check with them first if its OK to have the name of the club on your boat). Give me either a font name or and idea of what type of font you like. I don’t have them all, but I can get some if they are free. I can send you back the texture or help you install it if you have trouble. Time = Lindens or more wine etc.

See the one above, it has a name, a port and a sail number – Quite cool.

I do have the template now for the red-ochre sail, so if you want one too, I can give you that. I claim the naked lady logo however 😉


Boat name ideas: Cool Boat Names
Free Fonts: 1001 Free Fronts