STATEWIDE — A seventh vessel will be added the Pac52 Class’s 2018 season – and the new entry hails from New York Yacht Club.
Interlodge VI was added to the Pac52 Class roster, team owner Austin Fragomen confirmed. The boat is actually the former Bronosec TP52, designed by Botin Partners and built by King Marine in 2015. Her design matches the hull of Fox, one of the other Pac52 Class members.
The 2017 Pac52 Class season featured Bad Pak, Beau Geste, Fox, Gladiator, Invisible Hand and Rio competing against each other.
“Austin Fragomen started sailing while growing up in Illinois and then after school moved to New York and began sailing J/24s, Swan 42s and then TP52s in the 52 Super Series,” Julie Servais, the Pac52 Class manager, said in a released statement. “Austin has sailed on the West Coast but never with one of his own yachts, and he is looking forward to racing with the Pac52 Class because of its ‘convenient location’ in California.
“Austin’s wife, Gwen Fragomen, regularly sails with the team and the yacht’s captain is Kris Matthews, who has been with Team Interlodge for 10 years,” Servais continued.
Interlodge VI will make its Pac52 Class debut at the Yachting Cup, to be held at San Diego Yacht Club, May 4-6. The Yachting Cup is the first of five regattas scheduled for the 2018 Pac52 season.
The other events are Cal Race Week (California Yacht Club, June 1-3), Long Beach Race Week (Long Beach Yacht Club, June 22-24), Rolex Big Boat Series (St. Francis Yacht Club, Sept. 13-16) and Pac52 Cup (St. Francis YC, Sept. 28-30).
More information about Interlodge VI and the Pac52 Class is available online at Pac52Class.com.