Nelson/Marek Designs Continue to Excel in CompetitionSAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 19, 1996)The 1996 summer continues to be successful for Nelson/Marek designs throughout the U.S. and international competition. The NM team continues to build momentum that began this summer with victories in the IMS National Championships, Chicago NOOD Regatta, The Chicago-Mac Race and The Harbor Springs Regatta.
The 1996 Kenwood Cup, held from August 5th through August 16th, once again lived up to its billing as one of the most competitive international regattas in the world. The top individual scorer in the IMS Racing Division was the Nelson/Marek 50 Infinity. This win adds to the impressive list of victories she has compiled since her debut in the spring of 1993. Infinity's streak is even more incredible considering that the only modifications that she has undergone since her launching is a new keel and rudder last fall.
Debuting in the Kenwood Cup was the new Nelson/Marek ILC Maxi Falcon 2000, launched just weeks before the regatta in New Zealand. With only a week of sailing under her belt, she showed moments of brilliance before settling into a third-place finish in the seasoned A Division, just a point out of second. Bruce Nelson, the principal designer for AmericaOne, sailed aboard her as navigator for the event.
Other NM designs also experienced success at the event. The Nelson/Marek 43 Quest, was part of the victorious Australian Kenwood Cup Team. The Nelson/Marek 36, Surface Tension, finished second in Division D, and tenth overall, while the CM1200, Jack Rabbit, finished fourth in Division D.
This past weekend, the Nelson/Marek 46 China Cloud won IMS Class | at the 1996 Chicago Verve Cup, while the NM designed, CM1200 Hot Lips finished second in the competitive fifteen boat fleet.
"This regatta culminates a season of exciting IMS racing in the Great Lakes," notes NM's Drew Freides, who sailed aboard China Cloud for the regatta.
"It is great to see so many competitive IMS designs on the starting line on a regular basis," adds NM's Greg Stewart, who competed in the regatta aboard Hot Lips.
They both go on to add how close the results were this past weekend, with 45 seconds often resulting in a difference between four or five places. The fleet promises to grow with many owners inquiring about new designs.
Other NM designs that had a successful weekend were the Nelson/Marek 36 Lunatic Fringe (ex Rush), winning her PHRF division, and the recently launched CM1200 Voodoo, finishing fourth in the IMS Class |.
The close exciting IMS racing at both regattas again reinforces the accuracy of the IMS. In many instances races were won and lost by seconds, with large yachts correcting within seconds of smaller ones.
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