As the inaugural IC37 Season kicks off in Newport with a practice weekend before the first ever full fleet event at the Rhode Island Leukemia Cup Regatta, this video highlights why its so exciting to be part of this project.
“If you think about where this sport is going, I dont think there is anything more meaningful than what we’re doing”
Mills Design scored a 1,3 in the Racer Division as the Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded in the closest of finishes. Alex Schaerer’s Mills Design Maxi72 Caol Ila R knocked Sir Peter Odgen’s Jethou off the top spot on the overall podium after she secured a second place in today’s race as Jethou came home fourth.
Schaerer explained that it took a while to realise they had come out on top: “It was tough because we needed one boat between us and Jethou in order to win. We were hopeful we could get the Maxi86 Vesper [Jim Swartz’s winner today under IRC] between us but that didn’t work by 12 seconds. So then we said ‘that’s fine – Jethou did a good job this week – they won.’”
It was only when the time of Roberto Lacorte’s Mills Vismara 62 SuperNikka was corrected out, that it was found she had slipped into third, beaten by Caol Ila R by just two seconds. After discards were applied, Caol Ila knocked Jethou into second by 0.75 points with SuperNikka (the half-way stage leader) third, just 0.5 further astern after five races. SiperNikka’s result was all the more surprising after being moved to the Racer division from the Racer/Cruiser Class she has dominated for the last four years.
Caol Ila with Francesco DeAngelis as tactician was also first to finish in the light airs of the traditional regatta opener, the 65th Regata dei Tre Golfi from Naples to Capri, for the second year running.
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The Mills Design 72′ Caol Ila R rounded the Li Galli mark at midnight, followed around an hour later by Jethou, Vesper and Wild Joe. Aside from a small stop off the northwest corner of Capri, Caol Ila R secured her second consecutive line honours victory, finishing at 02:36:25 on Sunday morning, followed by Vesper at 03:04, Jethou at 03:09 and Wild Joe at 03:28.
Second oldest in the Italian yachting calendar to the Rolex Giraglia, this 155 mile offshore race has been incorporated into Rolex Capri Sailing Week since 2017, forming a prologue and feeder race to the inshore races that follow for the maxi boats. Organised by the CRV Italia, the course takes the boats northwest from Naples, around the island of Ponza before returning southeast, where the boats can leave Capri to port or starboard before rounding the Li Galli islands off the Amalfi coast, then returning clockwise around the south side of Capri to the finish off Marina Grande. Regata dei Tre Golfi also forms the second event in the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC) which began with last October’s Rolex Middle Sea Race.
IC37 builder Fibre Mechanics has shipped Hull #20, their tenth boat, to the New York Yacht Club ready for the twenty boat IC37 fleet to start the 2019 season. From Fibre Mechanics:
“We have reached another milestone today with the final NYYC IC37 Hull 37020 leaving the factory today, the build team did a great job in getting this boat delivered just 13 weeks after delivery of our 1st boat.
We are looking forward to seeing 20 IC37’s lined up on the start line for the NYYC regatta in June.”