Claus Landmark drove his Landmark 43 Santa to a runaway victory in Class B at the inaugural Offshore Sailing Worlds at the Hague. Her sistership White Shadow of Torkel Valland was second, both well clear of the third place finisher. The first event to combine the IRC and ORC World Championships, it was scored using the combined results under each rule, underlining the strength of this Mills Design 43 footer in the light medium conditions that prevailed off the Dutch coast.
Landmark had previously won the 2016 ORC World Championship in Santa, but success here carries twice the sweetness as it represents the first coordinated effort to bring the world’s two major rating systems together at a single event. Designer Mark Mills commented after the event “This provides us with a well controlled trial for comparing the two rating systems, from which we are learning more about crossover opportunities to make our designs more capable under both rules, and perhaps under a unified rule of the future.”
The international jury of the ADI Golden Compass Award gave Honourable Mention to the yacht Tango WallyCento#4 which will from now take it’s place in the largest historical design collection of its kind, joining the other products awarded the Golden Compass Award during it’s 64 year history.
The success of Tango is borne of a close collaboration between Mills Design, the Pininfarina Nautical division, builder Persico Marine represented by Marcello Persico above, and innovation leader Wally Yachts. “Receiving such prestigious recognition gives me great pride and attests to the quality of work of a real team of excellence in the nautical sector,” said Paolo Pininfarina, President of Pininfarina Group.
The Mills Design wallycento Tango was first to finish the 2018 edition of the Rolex Giraglia, leading home her sister wallycentos Galateia and Magic Carpet. This result gave her victory in the combined inshore and offshore parts of the Rolex Giraglia event, starting with inshore racing in St. Tropez, and finishing with the historic offshore race to Genoa. The Tango team led by Marc Pajot are rapidly coming to terms with the new and highly sophisticated 100 footer, having bested their more experienced wallycento rivals in both of the Wally events so far in the 2018 calendar.
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.