Nautor’s Swan are boosting their three one-design classes with a new calendar of races in some of the world’s finest sailing venues (of course)
Swan regattas have always been special. They are held in stunning locations where the sailing conditions are reliably excellent, and the events are impeccably hosted by some of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs. Add to that some thrillingly close boat-for-boat racing interspersed with well-organised, genuinely social occasions, and you have pretty much the perfect regatta set-up, one that guarantees a strong entry list. Don’t forget that these boats are also well-appointed, luxurious cruisers, so once the trophies have been handed out many owners go family cruising.
In 2002 Nautor’s Swan made the racing even more exciting by going one-design. The Swan 45 class was followed in 2006 by the ClubSwan 42, both drawn by Germán Frers, and in 2016 by the Juan K-designed ClubSwan 50. Philippe Oulhen, ClubSwan 50 class president, explains why they decided to shift to one-design: ‘I believe ClubSwan one-design racing brings a perfect balance between high-intensity and close racing with very well-organised events at the best yacht clubs in the world. Our goal is to support each team to concentrate and learn the best from the racing on the water, with top-quality race management.’
By now there are more than enough boats in these three classes to support a range of dedicated Swan one-design events in the Mediterranean. The boats race in various ORC and IRC events in their home waters, and each is given a factor so that different events can be made comparable. That process creates a points-based world ranking, and the best boats will be invited to take part in the biennial Nations Trophy, where the best skippers in each one-design class race for global glory. Read on.