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Bruce Nelson

Bruce Nelson

Principal Designer

Bruce Nelson, of Nelson/Marek Yacht Design in San Diego, California, is the principal yacht designer for the AmericaOne challenge. Nelson is an American's Cup veteran, having filled the roles of both designer and sailor.

He has been a leading designer with America’s Cup syndicates since 1985, participating in the most extensive investigations of yacht performance ever undertaken. In 1995, he was the principal designer for the PACT 95 defense syndicate, whose yacht Young America, ultimately, was chosen as the defender.

Nelson was also lead designer of Stars & Stripes, the winner of the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia, and co-designer of the first-generation International America’s Cup Class (IACC) yacht Stars & Stripes.

He is a University of Michigan graduate in Naval Architecture who has designed numerous winning offshore sailboats over the last decade, including the extremely successful IMS 50, Infinity. Most recently he designed the ILC Maxi Falcon2000 for Don Smith of Oklahoma.

Bruce is married to Annie Nelson, a world-champion sailor; they have two children.

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