Inaugural North American Championship serves as final test for IC37 teams


Savvy tourists have known for years that early fall is the best time to visit Newport. Summer crowds and humidity are greatly reduced. And those who have the right time for the visit are rewarded with the magical combination of sparkling, hot and sunny days and cool evenings.

The nearly 200 competitors who flock to town for the inaugural IC37 North Americans, however, are more focused on a different kind of serendipity, the kind that occurs when boat speed practiced, solid tactics, and the benevolence of the wind gods. combine to produce a winning score in a major championship.

“We are looking forward to this event,” said John Brim, who will lead his Rima37 the team in the regatta, “Our crew come from many places, and everyone is looking forward to coming together for a long weekend in Newport and one final event of the season.”

The North American Championship IC37 will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court in Newport, RI from October 1-3. The regatta is the final event of the IC37 summer 2021 regatta calendar and will feature 17 Corinthian teams battling for top honors through eight scheduled races over Rhode Island Strait and Narragansett Bay. The class IC37 was created by the New York Yacht Club to promote one-design competition for amateur sailors. The 37-foot high-performance keelboat was designed by Mark Mills, and strict class rules ensure the level playing field for big boat sailing.

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Due to the cancellation of the New York Yacht Club one-design regatta at the end of August, the IC37 fleet has not assembled on a start line for over two months. Each team will have to get rid of the rust inherent in any long layoff. A number of teams will also need to integrate new crew members. After a long racing season, the realities of family and professional commitments have imposed more than a few substitutions.

Edge Rima37 the crew (left) are one of the lucky ones, with all but one of the crew members of the team having finished second at the national championship in July returning for this regatta. The skipper hopes to be able to continue the lessons learned earlier in the season.

“We felt our team really came together at the national championships, especially the coordination between the main trim, the riders and the driver,” said Brim. “It seems to me that the leading boats of the IC37 class have become more refined in their settings and sail a little higher upwind without losing speed, and are also capable of making small anchorages downwind while maintaining speed. . It’s a game of very small tweaks at this point.

Other teams to watch are those of Bill Ruh Pacific Yankee, the double national champions; Members only, who finished third at the July national championship; and that of Commodore Christopher J. Culver Blazer II, who recently finished fifth in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

The executive organizes a regatta barbecue and weather briefings

Besides good sailing conditions, there are two things sailors appreciate above all: a solid weather forecast and a good post-race evening. The New York Yacht Club Regatta Association is pleased that Framework, a commercial real estate investment technology platform, will provide both for the North American IC37 Championship.

Cadre’s support for the event will include the organization of the competitor’s barbecue on Saturday evening, a weather seminar on Thursday evening and weather briefings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning with US Sailing Team meteorologist Chelsea Carlson. Cadre will join the Safe Harbor Marinas Regatta Association partners, Hammetts Hotel and Helly Hansen throughout the season as official sponsors of the IC37 North American Championship.

Race in the North American Championship IC37 will end on Sunday 3 October with an awards ceremony at Harbor Court.

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