TRIVIA is a classic racing yacht of the 12mR class. These yachts are often referred to as "Twelves" or "12 Metres". The 12mR class rule was defined in 1906 and was used until 1987 to create some of the most competitive racing yachts of their times. The boats are actually not 12 metres in size, but rather between 19 and 22 metres. 12 is the maximum result of a formula, combining Length in the water line, difference of skin girth and chain girth, Freeboard and Sail area:
(L+2d-F+√S)/2.37 = 12
Between 1958 and 1987 the 12mR class was used for the America's Cup, the oldest and most prestigious trophy in sports. But even before that, the Twelves had been quite popular among the rich and famous owners of racing yachts in the late thirties, especially in Great Britain, Scandinavia, the United States and Germany.
TRIVIA was built by Camper & Nicholsons for Mr. Vernon W. MacAndrew in 1937 and in the same year began to compete with the other Twelve metres obtaining excellent results and was classified at first place in her class. In 1938 MacAndrew steered her so successfully that at Cowes Week he won 21 prices, including the King's Cup. In both seasons EVAINE, another Charles Nicholson design, had been a very close second and so YACHTING MONTHLY wrote that "the fight between the two yachts has added a new chapter to English yacht racing, even comparable with those of past history."