New Mills IRC 39 launched
In discussions with the owner and project manager Peter Morton we concluded that length trumped most other considerations, so we took the boat into a niche defined by the rating band and the IRC DLR limit for the event. She carries the extra displacement in a slim low drag hull form which minimises the downside in the light, and then uses her extra length once she is powered up to good effect. She comes with a carbon rig with twin swept back spreaders and a T-keel.
Vision Yachts in Cowes have done a beautiful job with the build, and were confident enough to let the boat go straight out on her first ever sail into 16-24 kts for a day of sail and crew training which is a great endorsement.
The program for MarinersCove includes the IRC Nationals, Rolex Commodores Cup, Cork Week, and Cowes and combines David Dwyer's Cork crew with some UK regulars to get them quickly up to speed in the Solent.
Part of the refinement of this design has come from key suppliers such as mast builder Formula Spars, sailmaker North Sails, and push-button hydraulics supplier Meridian Technologies who have put the latest examples of their work onto the boat.
Her initial IRC rating is slightly over the Rolex Commodores' Cup band of 1.104 but will be adjusted to fit in due course.