Designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1946, the InterClub, or "Ick",
is a sturdily built, relatively dry 11.5 foot dinghy created for winter sailing
or "frostbiting" as it is commonly known. Sailing legend Cornelius
Shields introduced the one-design at Larchmont Yacht Club, Long Island.
frostbite fleets sprang up in coves and harbors between Boston, Massachusetts
and Annapolis, Maryland. Each IC fleet operates autonomously. However,
when fleets come together for yearly Midwinters and National regattas,
regulations are strictly enforced. Frostbite courses are short, with
multiple races per day. This sharpens boat handling and tactical skills,
giving these "off
season" sailors an edge when summer regattas begin.
This system uses 40 mm blocks on the boom and the traveler
car. A clip/snap hook on the mainsheet bitter end makes it easy to switch
from a 2:1 to a 3:1 purchase. The load-sensing 57 mm Ratchamatic provides
10:1 holding power during ratchet engagement. The unloaded mainsheet releases
instantly during mark roundings and jibes.
The Micro track and loop car with a 40 mm block make this the lightest
and smoothest-running traveler system on the water. A traveler limiter line
runs from the car through an eyestrap on the center of the aft rail, continuing
through an angled Micro Cam with wire fairlead, to a 29 mm Carbo stand-up
block. This ensures that when the line is pulled from behind the block it
always runs through the cleat.
The vang is made up of 29 mm blocks in an 8:1 cascade.
Vang control lines lead to turning blocks and cleat to 150 Cam-Matics® on
each rail. IC booms often break where the vang bail bolts through the boom.
To solve this problem, tie a 29 mm block around the boom with Spectra® line.
This keeps your boom intact and provides you with a strong, lightweight vang
InterClub Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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