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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

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