DYNAMIC AFTERNOON ON THE WATER BRINGS ACTION-PACKED RACING FOR MELGES IC37 SAILORS ON DAY TWO OF THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB 175TH ANNIVERSARY REGATTA
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Results After Tuesday - Day 2
Dynamic afternoon on the water brings action-packed racing for Melges IC37 sailors on Day Two of the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta
Melges IC37 Style Teamwork was Featured in Full Today As Crews Strived for Consistency in Variable Conditions
NEWPORT, R.I. (July 16, 2019) — Race Day 2 of the New York Yacht Club’s 175th Anniversary Regatta delivered a dynamic afternoon on the water full of action-packed racing for the Melges IC37 sailors. Christopher Culver and the Blazer team managed to hang on to their overall lead, but it was Phil Lotz and his crew onboard Arethusa who won the day. Two races were sailed by the 21 boat Melges IC37 fleet before they headed back to shore for a celebratory evening.
The day began slowly with an on-the-water postponement until the pending breeze reached the race course. Unfazed, the sailors seized the opportunity to either pair up for light air tuning, spend quality time with their fellow crew members, or banter with other teams.
As the wind began to fill in, it became clear that the Melges IC37 fleet was in for some light air racing. Crews spent the afternoon beaming as they put their synergy to the test onboard, and worked the boat with their body weight, sail trim, and tactical skill. Smooth boat handling, sailing in clear air, and consistency were paramount.
Despite the postponement, a shifty 6-8 knot wind, and the exceptionally strong current, the conditions on the race course were a welcome and exhilarating change in pace.
Ultimately, Arethusa dominated the day with a 6th and 1st place finish in Races 4 and 5 respectively. The British team Foreign Affair, led by William Edwards, was the only other team to execute two single-digit race finishes this afternoon, placing 7th and 3rd.
This evening the Melges IC37 Class members dressed in their finest attire for dinner at the New York Yacht Club, gathered around a bonfire for some barbecue, or hit the town to celebrate their first summer on the water together.
Day 3 of the event is a scheduled “Lay-Day” that gives sailors an afternoon off from racing mid-regatta. Melges IC37 sailors will put their day off to good use by exploring the Newport area and doing other fun inter-team bonding activities.
Racing will resume on Thursday, July 18th.
For a taste of the Melges IC37 experience follow the daily media coverage published on the Melges IC37 Class Association website and Facebook page, as well as live action direct from the race course and social events on Instagram.
For more results and event information, visit nyyc.org/175th-anniversary-regatta.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MELGES IC37 CLASS ASSOCIATION
From its inception, the Melges IC37 Class was developed to create a racing experience unlike any other. The IC37 by Melges is an innovative amateur one-design sailboat designed to race with a crew of family and friends that makes possible what many sailors seek: the opportunity to test their preparation, skill, and teamwork on the most level playing field available. The IC37 is designed by Mills Design, built by Westerly Marine and FIBRE Mechanics, and managed by Melges Performance Sailboats. Selected by Sailing World Magazine as the 2019 Corinthian Boat of the Year, the IC37 is the boat of choice for top international competitions such as the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Canada’s Cup. Learn more at MelgesIC37Class.com.
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