A blast from the past, Quest is a Nelson/Marek 43, designed to the IMS rule and launched 21 years ago for Bob Steel. Now owned by 80 year-old Ian Coward who has competed in multiple S2H's himself. Ian has been carefully watching his boat and crew working hard over the past 2 years to ready themselves for this years big event. Being sensibly cautious, he only gave the green light when he was confident both the boat and the team were ready. With son Bill is aboard, and Steven North is skipper they are hopeful of a good result. Coward has prepared this lively lady by adding a bow sprit, new rigging and sails to bring her up to Category 1 standard for IRC racing.
When Steel launched her in 1995, Quest won at Hamilton Island, the Telstra Cup and was second overall in the Sydney Hobart. In 1996 she won the Sydney Mooloolaba race before being shipped to Hawaii, where with her two team mates, Ausmaid and Ragamuffin, won the Kenwood Cup. Quest returned to Australia to start the cycle again, but her rig broke in the 1996 Hobart. She was then sailed to fourth overall in the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart by new owner, Kevin Miller, under the name Industrial Quest, one of just 44 to finish from 115 starters. Incidentally, she finished eighth on line, one place behind Steel’s next Quest, a Nelson/Marek 46, saying something for the design and their crews. A former Steel crew, Tom Braidwood, found the boat in a bad state in 2012, so bought and fixed her up to show kids the joy of yacht racing.
SCYC are very excited to have QUEST competing in SCOR 2016.