The first IC37 has hit the water to rave reviews. Hull 001 was out sailing within 24 hours of her arrival from builder Westerly Marine 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 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!”, adding “The entire project team has gone beyond expectations and delivered a boat of which the New York Yacht Club is going to be exceptionally proud”. 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 electronics package, 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. Harry Melges feels this is the core appeal of the new class. “The sport is eager for a class where amateur sailors not only steer the boat, but also play an integral role in the tactical decisions and development of boatspeed,” said Melges. “We anticipate a class that is equal parts competition and camaraderie. And we’re especially excited about the class provisions that mandate female participation and make it easy to incorporate junior sailors into the crew. This is a tremendous platform and it will produce great racing.”
Mills was very enthused “After a great first week of sailing with some of the leaders of our industry driving this project, I think the consensus is we have an awesome boat and class on our hands.” More information is available at Melges Performance Sailboats.
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