The second edition of The Nations Trophy, from 8 to 12 October, was a storming success that cemented the position of Nautor’s Swan’s biennial headline event as one of the world’s foremost owner-driver one-design yacht regattas. Many top professional sailors came to race alongside impressively skilled amateurs. To quote North Sails’ president Ken Read, the tactician aboard the ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone, ‘It is a testament to a lot of people taking the event seriously’.
Not only that but it marks the welcome return of nation-versusnation yacht racing, which used to be a hallmark feature of many classic regattas. With 14 countries represented in The Nations Trophy, the concept clearly has broad international appeal. The previous winners, Spain, were back to defend their title against teams from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Read on.