RUSH Skipper Tom Stark and Team Take on the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta Melges IC37 Style




RUSH Skipper Tom Stark and Team Take on the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta Melges IC37 Style

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 14, 2019) — The Melges IC37 Fleet hit yet another milestone on Day 1 of the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta this afternoon, kicking off its second ever regatta since the Class’s inception.

Teams battled their way through the 20 nautical mile Around-the-Island Race in breeze ranging from 12 - 22 knots and a sea state varying from flat water to waves as high as 4ft — all amounting to the ultimate day on the water for the Melges IC37 fleet.

RUSH skipper Tom Stark and crew took on the day “Melges IC37 Style” with their eyes set on winning the start and mastering the conditions and the long and thrilling downwind leg. All new experiences come with growing pains, and according to Stark, “We are still getting our communication sorted out between the bow person, Drew [Freides, tactician], and myself and we managed to talk ourselves right over the line over early.”

The team regrouped quickly, dialed in their communication, kept a keen eye on their boat handling and sailed a near perfect first windward leg earning them a place in the top 5 around the first weather mark.

Team RUSH worked their way through the fleet pressing the boat as fast as it could go on the downwind leg and went on to win the Round-the-Island Race. “The boats are better than I imagined. We’ve been sailing the boats for two weeks and it's been phenomenal. It was really fun ripping down wind today.”

Between the fun boats, stellar conditions, challenging racing, and crews made up of long-time friends, the Melges IC37 Class is the Joy of Racing Reimagined.

Day 1 was topped off with social event at the New York Yacht Club - Harbor Court before the remainder of the series begins Saturday morning.

Watch: Drew Freides on the new Melges IC37 Class

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 event information and results, visit

Around-the-Island Race Results

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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


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