IC37, primeros pasos de la nueva clase del NYYC.


The strict one-design class will provide simple, fun, competitive racing for the Corinthian sailors of the world.

Melges IC37 Class Rules require crew to be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors, incentivize youth sailors onboard, and mandate that each team has at least one woman, two if the team has eight or more people.

Melges IC37, regata inaugural para la nueva clase del NYYC.

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Press Release – For Immediate Release

Inaugural IC37 Regatta Offers Glimpse Of Great One-Design Racing to Come

NEWPORT, R.I. – After a summer of commissioning work, sea trials and the occasional weeknight PHRF race, the New York Yacht Club’s first three IC37s lined up for two days of one-design racing on Narragansett Bay on the first weekend of autumn. While the fleet was small—especially compared to the pack of 20 or more boats that will charge the starting line at each IC37 regatta next summer—it was nonetheless a revelation to see this slick 37-footer in its natural environment, namely racing boat-for-boat with full amateur crews.

“We have something special here,” says New York Yacht Club Rear Commodore Chris Culver, who led his team to victory in the event over those skippered by Commodore Phil Lotz and Paul Zabetakis, who chairs the Club’s IC37 subcommittee. “It will be a rewarding sight when we have 20 of these racing thoroughbreds on the line next spring.”

It has been approximately 16 months since Commodore Lotz announced to the membership the Club’s intention to build a fleet of 20 one-design yachts for use in the Club’s flagship event, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, and for race charter by members. Mark Mills was chosen to design the yacht with Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., selected as the primary builder. Melges Performance Sailboats will lead the worldwide marketing of the boat and the development of the class. Overwhelming interest from the sailing world led to the addition of a second builder, FIBRE Mechanics, in Lymington, Great Britain, this summer. North Sails will build the class’s one-design sails. Class rules require that all crew be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and that each team has at least one woman, two if the team has eight or more people.

The first boat arrived in Newport in April and has been sailed extensively in the time since as numerous industry professionals worked to optimize the deck layout, sail and rig tune and crew mechanics.

“After this weekend, we can safely say that the IC37 has met, and in many cases, exceeded our design specifications of two years ago,” says Zabetakis. “We asked for a modern race boat incorporating the latest hull and rig design with a deck layout planned for maximum efficiency for around-the-buoys racing and that’s exactly what we have. The boat is stable both upwind and down, maneuvers extremely well in tight spaces and accelerates quickly. The time we spent in defining what we wanted, and, as importantly, what we did not want, has clearly paid off.”

Chafee Emory is a longtime member of Zabetakis’ Impetuous sailing team. She trimmed jib and spinnaker last weekend.

“The IC37 is an interesting blend of a technical, high-performance boat with a pure one-design,” says Emory. “As each boat had the exact same equipment, the regatta was a true test of which crew could better use the available tools. It was extremely fun and challenging to be on such a level playing field. Crew work is very important. One blown maneuver can be very costly.”

Westerly Marine and FIBRE Mechanics are on track to deliver the Club’s fleet of 20 boats by early spring. Once the two companies have fulfilled the that order they will start delivering boats to private customers on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere around the world. The Melges IC37 Class Association is drawing strong interest from sailors hungry for a larger one-design that delivers exceptional performance while keeping expenses to a reasonable level.

“We’ve thought through every aspect when it comes to building a sustainable class association and strong community centered around this new one-design class,” says Harry Melges III, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats. “This is a powerful, game-changing step forward for the sport because it’s a cost-controlled class that still delivers world-class racing performance. All around the world, sailors are placing private orders to join.”

The 2019 racing calendar includes a number of regattas based out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.

Time for Oceans, el nuevo IMOCA 60 de Stéphane Le Diraison.

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. TIME FOR OCEANS est le nouveau projet IMOCA du skipper Stéphane Le Diraison. Un programme d’une durée de trois ans allant jusqu’au Vendée Globe 2020 et dédié à une cause universelle et fédératrice : la nécessaire protection des océans.
. Bouygues Construction, Suez et la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, déjà fortement sensibilisés à cette cause, sont les trois premiers partenaires, privés et publics, qui soutiennent Stéphane et s’associent au programme TIME FOR OCEANS.
. Mi-septembre, le 60 pieds TIME FOR OCEANS de Stéphane Le Diraison (un plan Finot-Conq de 2007) naviguera sous ses nouvelles couleurs. Il prendra le départ de la prestigieuse Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, le 4 novembre à Saint-Malo.


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Class 40 Black Mamba, el nuevo barco de Yoann Richomme para la Route du Rhum 2018.

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Launch of the Lift 40 ( Class 40 ) “Black Mamba” for the skipper Yoann Richomme before the Route du Rhum 2018 built at Gepeto Composite and designed by Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group, Lorient Keroman Submarine Base, Brittany, France.

Alex Thomson con un nuevo Hugo Boss para la Vendee Globe 2020/21. VPLP Design encargado del proyecto.

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Alex Thomson Racing Partners with VPLP to Design New Multi-Million Pound Race Boat.

British sailing team set to design and build brand new IMOCA 60 racing yacht ahead of 2020-2021 round-the-world Vendée Globe race.

French naval architectural firm VPLP Design, pioneers in foiling monohulls, appointed to deliver project.

Design phase now well under way, with build set to commence imminently.
Alex Thomson Racing, has announced plans to design and build a brand new 60ft IMOCA race boat for the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe race.

The boat, HUGO BOSS, will be designed by French naval architectural firm VPLP Design in conjunction with Alex Thomson Racing’s design and technical team, led by Peter Hobson. With the design phase now well under way, the boat build is set to commence later this month.

The announcement comes just six months after the UK-based ocean-racing team celebrated the renewal of its partnership with long-term sponsor HUGO BOSS, one of the most coveted partnerships in the sport of sailing.
Together, Alex Thomson Racing and HUGO BOSS have broken numerous records, received countless accolades and enjoyed both second and third place finishes in the Vendée Globe, the gruelling non-stop, solo, unassisted race around the world.

For Thomson, a second place finish in the most recent edition of the race – which comes around just every four years – has helped position him among the favourites heading into the 2020-2021 race.

Thomson said:
“This is a hugely important period for us. Everything we do over the coming months leads up to the Vendée Globe 2020 and so it’s vital that we put in place a team which has the expertise, and the passion, to deliver. I’m confident that we have done that.

“We wholeheartedly believe that – with the right minds and the right boat – we can become the first British team ever to win the Vendée Globe”.

Founded by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, France-based VPLP Design is made up of a team of naval architects and designers who, collectively, have helped to develop some of the world’s most successful and innovative racing boats. Among those were the winning boats in the last two editions of the Vendee Globe – Banque Populaire VIII and MACIF, raced by French skippers Armel Le Cléac’h and François Gabart respectively. VPLP also co-designed the current HUGO BOSS yacht, which Thomson raced to a second place podium position in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, breaking the British record at the finish line.

Ross Daniel, technical director at Alex Thomson Racing, said: “VPLP of course has a proven track of designing world class racing boats. As the first design office ever to make the move to foiling monohulls, they hold an unrivalled knowledge in what we know will prove to be the most crucial area of design within the next generation boats.

“But our decision to work with the firm was also based on who they are as people. The process of designing, building and launching a new boat is an incredibly complex one, which requires everyone involved to work collaboratively towards one common goal. We are confident that, together, we can build the very best boat in the fleet, one which is both wholly reliable and has the capability of winning a race as punishing as the Vendée Globe”.