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Tight Racing Featured in 1D35 Class Inaugural Regatta

NEWPORT, Rhode Island (June 2, 1998) — The new One Design 35 class saw exciting racing in its first class event this past week-end in Newport, Rhode Island's Nantucket Gold Regatta. Four of five boats built to-date competed in this inaugural regatta for the class, with two East Coast and two Great Lakes owners represented in the new Nelson/Marek designed yachts, owned and operated by AmericaOne's principal designer, Bruce Nelson.

The Regatta consisted of three days of racing in varying conditions. Six around-the-buoys races were conducted on Friday and Saturday in heavy air on windward-leeward courses on Narragansett Bay. The third day of racing saw more typical Newport conditions with the boats sailing a fog-enshrouded course around Conanicut Island.

Class Rules governing crew weight limits, sail inventories, owner-drivers, and professional participation were waived for this shake-down regatta for the class. John Fisher's 1D35 hull #5, was commissioned Wednesday night, allowing one practice day before racing. Even so, competition was tight on the water, as the new Carroll Marine built club-racers stretched their legs for the first time.

Crew work and boat handling seemed the keys to success as the boats were evenly matched on the racecourse. A withdraw from the fourth race by John Fisher, after he inadvertently fouled Tim Woodhouse, caused Fisher to move from 2nd to 3rd overall in the regatta standings.

Heartbreaker owner, Robert Hughes said after winning the class' first regatta: "This is a breakthrough boat that you must sail or you will never know what you are missing! I'm going to race in as many places as I can. I've already moved the boat twice; its easy because the keel stays on"

Final Results:

1. Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes  3,1,1,1,2,3,3   14 
2. Rumors, Tim Woodhouse        1,3,4,2,4,2,1   17 
3. Jazz, John Fisher            4,2,2,5,1,1,4   19 
4. China Cloud, Hank Bernbaum   2,4,3,3,3,4,2   21 


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