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Infinity Bows to Newer Boats

KEY WEST, Florida (Jan. 26, 1997) — John Thomson's Infinity, with designer Bruce Nelson on board, finished fourth in the highly competitive IMS Big Boat Class, which was dominated by new boats from Canada, Japan and South Africa.

The winner was Numbers, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, skippered by 1995 America's Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts of New Zealand. The boat has been chartered by New Zealand as its big-boat representative for the Admiral's Cup in Cowes, England, next summer.

Finishing second was the ILC-46 Swing, skippered by Australian Peter Gilmour and sailed by an all-Japanese crew. Gilmour is expected to be named as skipper of the Nippon Challenge America's Cup team. The deadline for foreign nationals to declare their allegience for the 2000 competition is Feb. 26, three years from the scheduled start of the first race of the America's Cup match in Auckland.

In third was the 47-foot Seagoon, owned by David Horwitz of Cape Town, S.A.

Other America's Cup hopefuls sailing in Key West were Peter Holmberg, skipper of the Virgin Islands challenge, who raced with Tom Stark on Rush, second in the Corel 45 class; and Dawn Riley, head of the San Francisco YC challenge, whose America True which is campaigning the One-Design 48 America True finished sixth in the One Design 48 class.

For full results and information, visit Yachting magazine's Key West Race Week Web site.


Moxie Out, Infinity Faces Stiff Competition

KEY WEST, Florida (Jan. 21, 1997) — Moxie, one of the new Corel 45 one-designs, broke her mast during a practice session and withdrew from the competition, leaving AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki without a ride at Yachting Key West Race Week.

Meanwhile, the Nelson/Marek 50 Infinity, with AmericaOne's Bruce Nelson on board, is tied for fourth after three races in an IMS Big Boat Class dominated by veteran America's Cup sailors. The current leader is Numbers, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, skippered by 1995 America's Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts of New Zealand. And in third is the new ILC-46 Swing, owned by Shigeyuki Suzuki of Japan and skippered by Australian America's Cup skipper Peter Gilmour.

Check back here regularly for updates on how the AmericaOne sailors are doing. For full results and information, visit Yachting magazine's Key West Race Week Web site.


AmericaOne Team Members Aboard Top Boats

KEY WEST, Florida (Jan. 20, 1997) — AmericaOne team members John Kostecki and Bruce Nelson are in Florida this week, competing in the premier winter regatta, Yachting Key West Race Week.

John Kostecki is tactician aboard George Collins' Corel 45 Moxie from Annapolis. The Corel 45 is new a one-design class making its debut in this regatta. America's Cup veteran Gary Jobson will also be aboard, sharing duties with Kostecki. Competition is expected to be tough. Also competing are Cup vet Rod Davis, tactician aboard Atalanti X, owned by George Andreadis of Greece; Peter Holmberg, skipper of the Virgin Islands Cup challenge, who will race with Tom Stark on Rush; and America's Cup tactician Thierry Peponnet of France, who will steer Ortwin Kandler's Faster K-Yote.

Bruce Nelson, AmericaOne's principal designer, is sailing aboard John Thomson's Infinity in the IMS Big Boat Class. Nelson designed the 49-footer, a perennial favorite, which is sporting a new carbon-fiber mast. The chief competition is expected to come from America's Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts, at the helm of the new Taylor 49 Numbers, owned by Nova Scotian John Risley and chartered by New Zealand as its big boat representative for the Admiral's Cup in Cowes, England, next summer. Also in the hunt will be Australian America's Cup skipper and match-racer Peter Gilmour. He is joining forces with the Japanese Nippon Challenge and will skipper the new Farr-designed ILC-46 Swing, crewed by an all-Japanese crew.

Check back here regularly for updates on how the AmericaOne sailors are doing. For full results and information, visit Yachting magazine's Key West Race Week Web site.

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