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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!



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.