After starring at the NYYC Commissioning ceremony at Harbour Court, the Melges IC37 went sailing for a week to show her off to stakeholders and potential buyers. In a wide range of conditions she inspired excitement and confidence in equal measure, building high expectations for next seasons fleet racing.
The first Melges IC37 arrived at New England Boatworks last Monday afternoon, and was out sailing Tuesday afternoon after fitting keel, rudder and rig, a testament to the completeness and quality of the preparation and build by the IC37 team. Three days of sailing 001 in wind speeds between 6 and 20 with the development group including Harry Melges, Kenny Read and designer Mark Mills, key contributors from Harken, Spinlock, and Southern Spars, and NYYC members onboard produced unanimous enthusiasm for the new design. North Sails President Read who was an integral part of the development of the class summed up the first sail as “Really amazing, the boat feels good!”. With no major issues arising it marked the smoothest assembly and initial sailing trials imaginable in perfect spring conditions in Newport
Designed to offer a stable platform for a wide range of crew skills to enjoy high performance sailing the IC37 combines the design DNA of the latest generation of raceboat with features to appeal to the widest cross-section of sailors and owners. Strict One Design limitations on the boat and crew, a deliberately limited sail wardrobe, and attractive pricing are key components in building a class with widespread appeal, built on the foundation of 20 boats ordered by the New York Yacht Club. Mills was very enthused “Its probably the best first week I’ve seen, going from a truck to getting a wide range of stakeholders out sailing on a fully debugged boat in less than a week is remarkable, I think the consensus is we have an awesome boat, and class, on our hands.” More information is available at the IC37 Class run by Melges Performance Sailboats.
The second Cape 31 ‘Summer in the South’ regatta was a huge success, attracting teams from the UK and Australia to race against the rest of the Cape Town fleet. Won by One Ton Cup holder Peter Morton from the RORC, the event boasted a full range of conditions. The Cape 31 has proven to be an extraordinary success locally with 12 boats sold and more to come, producing a high quality One Design fleet at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. These and more superb images from Kim van Zyl can be found here: http://www.photographix.co.za/Galle…/Sports/Cape-31-Regatta/
Good video by Titch Mitchell of the Cape 31’s MB and Nemesis on the last day.