After two years in development, the Melges IC37 Class enjoyed its first major outing at the New York Yacht Club’s 165th Annual Regatta in Newport. Held over three days in a range of conditions, the fleet provided the excitement and close tactical racing the Club desired when when it created the Class.
Designer Mark Mills was there to watch the racing and felt “This was a great event for the Class and the Club, I’m thrilled the IC37 delivers their vision for a fast, fun, and accommodating performance design that will encourage increased involvement in sailing”.
Congratulations to Rush for winning Friday’s Around the Island Race, and to Members Only for winning the weekend inshore racing with a last race bullet.
The Mills IRC72 Caol Ila R of Alex Schaerer is the Overall Winner of the 2019 Rolex Giraglia Race. All 243 yachts starting the iconic 240 mile race in St. Tropez were treated to record-setting conditions. Schaerer and his crew handled the breeze best to pull out more than an hour’s corrected time lead by the finish in Monaco the next morning. This is the second win in a row for Caol Ila R after winning the Rolex Capri Sailing Week a month ago.
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.
The high performance cruiser Karma recently launched by Maxi Dolphin: Simplicity, Speed, Style.