A NEW CUP PLATFORM
Created by Ireland’s Mills Design, with input from KND-Sailing Performance and SDK Structures, the new Melges IC37 One-Design has been specifically configured to peg the adrenalin factor at “11” with its sleek lines and powerful rig.
In contrast to the Swan 42, which was designed to serve as a cruiser as well, the Melges IC37 is all racer, with a flush deck, square-top main and wide-open cockpit. According to the New York Yacht Club, a fleet of 20 of the 37-footers, all owned and maintained by the club, will be available for the next Rolex Invitational Cup in 2019. The boat is also being adopted for use in the Canada’s Cup, an event created in the late 1800s to serve as a kind of freshwater America’s Cup, being limited to clubs on the Great Lakes. Efforts are being made to create a thriving international one-design class as well.
“Each time we run the Invitational Cup, the bar gets raised,” says New York YC Commodore Philip A. Lotz. “The teams come to Newport better prepared and the competition gets more intense. With the IC37 we have the perfect boat to continue that trend. We anticipate the switch to the IC37 will increase both the interest in competing and the effort each invited club puts toward winning Corinthian sailing’s top prize.”
For details on the boat, including complete specs, visit melgesic37class.com.—AC