The 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup produced stunning racing across the full range of conditions for the Club’s fleet of 20 new Mills designed Melges IC37’s. This sixth edition of the biennial Corinthian championship was a true test of talent, teamwork and perseverance over four days and twelve races. After a strong early showing by the San Diego Yacht Club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron came to the fore to win the event on the final day. Six-time participant Royal Cork Yacht Club won the last race to take the final podium placing.
The response to the new IC37 designs has been phenomenal: “A boat that was a surprise. Really technical and fun in all conditions.” Perhaps the highest compliment was made to designer Mark Mills on the lawn at Harbour Court after racing one day: “really the perfect fleet racing boat.” The remarkable spectrum of organisational talent on show by the NYYC to create the event, envisage a new class for it, have 20 of them built, run the racing, and host the competitors is unparalleled.
SuperNikka, the Vismara 62 Mills of Roberto Lacorte and his tightly knit team, took their fourth Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup title in five years. This unprecedented run of success at the most respected big boat event in the world is a testament to the strength of the campaign. Counting 4 firsts and a second on the coastal courses of Sardinia in a week with the full range of conditions highlights the versatility of this all-rounder.
Kanreki, the first Melges IC37 to be delivered in the UK, went straight to Cowes Week and pulled off an impressive win, counting fours firsts and a third to take the IRC 1 Class even though she didnt sail the first very windy race. The smallest boat in the Class, Kanreki impressed even more by finishing first on the water in three of those races, in a class stretching up to 46′, including a DK46, Swan 42 and 45, and a custom Lombard 46. Sam Pearson of Ancasta who are marketing the IC37 in the UK said “We are all chuffed at this end with the boats performance”, and another comment from onboard was: “Fantastic boat, for me most exciting since we campaigned the Ultra 30s in the 90s “.
The DK46 Estrella Damm of Ignacio Montes and Oscar Chaves was awarded the overall Copa del Rey MAPFRE title for the handicap divisions as clear winners of the BMW ORC 1 class. The evergreen DK46 repeated her 2018 success at Spains most prestigious event under a team headed by Luis Martínez Doreste, one of Spains most decorated sailors.
The owners were presented with their trophy by King Felipe at the traditional prizegiving ceremony at the end of the event, extending Mills Designs long run of successes at this premier Mediterranean series. This year’s new scoring format, which compresses the fleet before the final 2 days of racing, suited Estrella Damm as she scored 4 straight wins in the final 2 days to stamp her success on the class.
Our Vismara Marine built 68′ Pelotari Project for an experienced Spanish owner was launched in Viareggio ready for preparations and practice to begin before she starts racing. This is our fourth project with Vismara Marine, a builder with a long history of boats of this type The client liked our 3-time World Champion Vismara 62 SuperNikka, and wanted something with an greater emphasis on his unique requirements: to have fun with his friends and family while racing in the major events of the Mediterranean as hard as possible. Pelotari Project is the result of this brief, a carbon hulled, lifting keel speedster with a powerful rig, but also equipped with the creature comforts to enjoy a long relaxed party after racing!