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Swan yachts attended the Mapfre PalmaVela yacht regatta

April 27, 2012

The winners of the 7th edition of the Mapfre PalmaVela yacht regatta were encouraged by four days of ideal sailing conditions. 115 yachts coming from countries such as Spain, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Virgin Islands, England and Sweden were hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palma. With this event officially starts the Mediterranean sailing season.

Luxury sailing yacht SWAN 80

Luxury sailing yacht SWAN 80

The fourth and last day of the races of the 2012 Mapfre PalmaVela regatta started in tactically demanding conditions of 6 to 8 knots of Northeasterly wind and light overcast skies which prevented the breeze from pushing through until 14:00 hours, when a nice Southerly breeze stabilised in the bay of Palma.

The magnificent Maxi fleet had its coastal race on the last day which was shortened from 24 down to 12 miles due to the shifty and light winds which prevailed in the morning. Johan Killinger’s owned and helmed Emma finished third thus claiming the same position in the overall classification.

The Swan 60 team aboard the newly launched sailing yacht Bronenosec, sponsored by Gazprom finished their first international regatta in 7th place within the Maxi class. With a combined style of racing required for their first regatta requiring both tight inshore racing and longer distance coastal racing within a range of wind conditions, the event has proven to be an ideal season opener for the team.

A steep learning curve for all of the crew working from testing breezy conditions at the beginning of the week to lighter shiftier conditions over the last 2 days of racing, Mapfre PalmaVela has been an excellent test bed for the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg’s competitive campaign.

The prize-giving ceremony took place at the facilities of the RCNP, which has once more been able to gather some of the best sailors and yachts in the world.

3rd – Emma, Swan 60, Dr. Johann Killinger
7th – Bronenosec, Swan 60, Alpenberg S.A
9th – Alpina, Swan 80, Alpina by Finimmo

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec takes 7th place at Mapfre Palma Vela 2012

April 23, 2012

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg´s Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec, sponsored by Gazprom has taken the 7th place in the Overall Maxi Combined Class of her first international yacht regatta of 2012 at Mapfre Palma Vela.

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec experienced international fleet racing with some of the world´s top names at Mapfre Palma Vela Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec experienced international fleet racing with some of the world´s top names at Mapfre Palma Vela Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Finishing today in a tactically challenging 6 to 8 knots form the North East during the morning’s overcast skies which lifted towards the afternoon producing a Southerly breeze, the team worked closely on their fourth day of racing.

With a combined style of racing required for their first regatta requiring both tight inshore racing and longer distance coastal racing within a range of wind conditions, the event has proven to be an ideal season opener for the team.

A steep learning curve for all of the crew working from testing breezy conditions in the Bay of Palma at the beginning of the week to lighter shiftier conditions over the last 2 days of racing, Mapfre Palma Vela has been an excellent test bed for the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg’s competitive campaign.

Light winds of 6 to 8 knots provided testing conditions for the Gazprom sponsored team on the final day of racing  MartinezStudio es

Light winds of 6 to 8 knots provided testing conditions for the Gazprom sponsored team on the final day of racing Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore, Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg and helming the Swan 60 this week for racing, sees this regatta as a committed start to their global debut: “I am keen to now debrief constructively with the team and set about making realistic changes to our boat handling, kit and general set up to continue pushing our boat speed forwards to meet that of the race boats who clearly have identified their top settings across all wind conditions from a few more years’ experience on this competitive circuit and to also spend time as a cohesive crew so we smoothly continue understanding each other in order to consistently achieve ultimate boat handling techniques, which I hope will translate to race wins.”

Having achieved a 5th place in the heavy weather and to have led fellow Swan 60 yacht Emma round the race track for a noted period of time, the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg team have proven that they have the ability to move up a gear on demand.

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Bow Team working cohesively downhill  MartinezStudio es

The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Bow Team working cohesively downhill Credit: MartinezStudio.es

It is an excellent achievement for this newly formed team to have finished all of the races in the series of their first event with limited breakages.  The Swan 60 can now look forward to slotting into the elitist world of high profile big boat racing against some of the world’s most competitive and accomplished yachts.

The Gazprom sponsored team now have now have another 5 international sailing events on the campaign agenda to prepare for with the long term aim of achieving consistent race results in order to build a solid series and focus on a podium finish.

Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta: Day 1 – Consistent Results for Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg´s Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec

April 20, 2012

The first day of the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta brought consistent results for the Mini Maxi Class Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec, belonging to the Russia´s Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg. It is the first official race for the new Bronenosec yacht and her team.

Bronenosec yacht competing in the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta

Bronenosec yacht competing in the Mapfre Palma Vela Regatta Credit: MartinezStudio.es

With 1,000 sailors taking part in this year’s regatta, some of the world’s leading sailing talent can be found on the race track and coupled with strong winds of 24 to 25 knots provided a good challenge for the Swan 60 by Nautor Swan to launch into her first campaign.

The cosmopolitan team worked consistently together in order to generate a 5th place in Race One and then followed on consistently with a 6th place in Race Two.

Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec

Swan 60 sailing yacht Bronenosec Credit: MartinezStudio.es

Skipper, Tomasso Chieffi, is positive commenting on the Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec’s performance today: “The team worked in a very efficient manner today. We are still tweaking the Swan 60 due to it being a new race boat this season and are working to maintain our consistent standard across all wind conditions.  Our overall boat speed is similar to that of Swan 60 yacht Emma who are currently in 3rd place overall so we have some good competition over the next couple of days to look forward to and will be aiming to improve upon our results.”

The team returned to Palma all smiling and helm, Vladimir Liubomirov also Commodore at the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg was congratulated on return to shore for his performance at the wheel in strong winds. With only one ripped spinnaker, there was limited boat repair activity post racing. The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg’s entry now sits 5th overall in the Mini Maxi Class with racing scheduled daily until April 21st.

2nd Rolex Volcano Race, May 19-25, 2012

April 20, 2012

The second edition of the Rolex Volcano Race taking place from May 19 to 25, 2012 in the Tyrrhenian Sea is supposed to welcome twenty-two Maxi yachts measuring more than 18.29m/60ft in length. This popular race marks the start of Rolex’s fascinating Mediterranean yachting season.

Swan 90 sailing yacht DSK PIONEER INVESTMENTS

Swan 90 sailing yacht DSK PIONEER INVESTMENTS Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

In contrast to last year’s inaugural event when one race took place, three segments will be contested, commencing in the form of a day’s inshore racing on Saturday 19 May in Gaeta, a seaport on the Italian mainland located approximately halfway between Rome and Naples. During the second segment, beginning on Sunday 20 May, the fleet tackle Leg One of the 400-nautical mile offshore race, a 100-nautical mile voyage from Gaeta to Capri through the Pontine Islands. On arriving in Capri, the fleet will berth on the island for the night of Monday 21 May before attacking the most arduous segment of the week the following day. A 300-nautical mile adventure around the volcanic, UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands awaits. The overall winner of this last section will take the plaudits at the finish line back in Capri, receiving the coveted Rolex Trophy and timepiece during the traditional Rolex party at the iconic La Canzone del Mare.

18.57m WILD JOE yacht

18.57m WILD JOE yacht Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

An intriguing contest is ahead. Of the 22 registered entrants, 11 different nationalities are represented. The bulk of the fleet is formed of Mini Maxi yachts measuring 18.29-24.08 metres in length. Nine of the 13 crews that took part in last year’s inaugural race have committed to return: the rise in the size of the fleet and high volume of returning crews proves the race is an enticing prospect.

Of the larger yachts, Filip Balcaen’s 112ft sailing yacht Nilaya (BEL), launched last year, will be amongst the most eye-catching craft. With experienced tactician Bouwe Bekking calling the shots the crew impressed in winning the Supermaxi class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2011. Close competition is guaranteed in the shape of Claus-Peter Offen’s 100ft Wally superyacht Y3K (GER), winner of its category for three straight years at the same event, in the hands of a honed and savvy crew who have enjoyed sustained success for over a decade.

18m luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO

18m luxury yacht GRANDE ORAZIO Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Not only is Offen owner and skipper of the luxury yacht Y3K, he also acts as President of the International Maxi Association (IMA), the event organisers, and is therefore particularly enthusiastic about the event. “In terms of the environment, the race course takes us to one of the most enthralling sailing areas in the world,” he explains. “We are all looking forward to this event and finishing in Capri will be very exciting.”

“Wherever we are competing in the Mediterranean there is tremendous competition. The Rolex Volcano Race will be no exception,” continues Offen. “I expect rather light to moderate winds. Under these conditions tactical decisions will play an important role – as will a little bit of luck. This race takes us through the night with tricky, thermal wind conditions resulting from the changing land and sea breezes. A big lead can turn into a big loss in no time. You have to be cool and patient.”

RP Custom 60 yacht WILD JOE

RP Custom 60 yacht WILD JOE Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

As is form at an IMA event, there will be a significant presence of Swan yachts. Six are set to feature. One of these is returning entrant, Danilo Salsi’s DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA), the consistent sailing yacht Swan 90 and another class winner at last year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and sure to benefit from the experience of the 2011 race when she was the closest rival to eventual winners Alegre (GBR). The array of international crews also features Armeigin 3 (POR), Arobas (FRA), Bronenosec (RUS), Caol Ila (USA), E1 (AUT), Jethou (GBR), Vertical Smile (DEN) and Wild Joe (HUN). Twelve Italian crews complete the roster including Ernesto Gismondi’s Wally 65 Edimetra yacht, a regular on the Rolex sailing circuit, and Marco Rodolfi’s elegant Swan 80 yacht Berenice Bis featuring a crew that performed both at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2011.

Swan 60 yacht VERTICAL SMILE

Swan 60 yacht VERTICAL SMILE Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

A fascinating contest is in store, comprising a finely-matched, balanced fleet with navigators and tacticians – including former America’s Cup sailors of the calibre of Brad Butterworth, Tommaso Chieffi and Tiziano Nava – currently preparing in earnest for the various meteorological challenges that await them when negotiating Europe’s most volcanic region.

Nautor’s Swan at Hainan Rendez-Vous in China

April 05, 2012

The world renowned luxury sailing yacht builder Nautor’s Swan is happy to invite all Swan devotees to Hainan Rendez-Vous boat show in Hainan, China. Nautor’s Swan representatives will be on location from 5th to 8th April, 2012, attending the largest of its kind boat show in the region. The team will be pleased to discuss the current Swan Line yachts and provide updates on the latest happenings from the Yard in Finland.

Nautor's Swan at the Hainan Rendez-Vous presenting its full portfolio of products and services (c) Nautor's Swan

Nautor's Swan at the Hainan Rendez-Vous presenting its full portfolio of products and services (c) Nautor's Swan

Naturally enough for a name associated with some of the finest sailing yachts in the world, Nautor’s Swan will be presenting its full portfolio of products and services.  Information will be available on the entire Nautor’s Swan model range, as well as Nautor’s Swan Charter and Brokerage.

Nautor’s Swan is a leader in the luxury sailing-yacht market.  Globally recognised, it is the producer of exquisitely crafted yachts offering the perfect balance of style, performance and comfort, ideal for racing and luxurious cruising.

Nautor’s Swan is experiencing strong interest from China and is now represented throughout China and surrounding countries.  The exponential growth in awareness seen by the Nautor’s Swan brand is attributable to its presence in China since 2010.  Last year Nautor’s Swan successfully fought off serious global competition to win the ‘Asia Boating Award 2011 for Best Production Sailing Yacht’ further heightening their Asian profile.  Leonardo Ferragamo, who acquired the Finnish yard in 1998, will be present at the show and it is hoped that his association will attract Chinese buyers.

Ettore Mattiello, Nautor’s Swan, commented; “We are delighted to have a presence at one of the most prestigious yacht shows in the region.  The Hainan Rendez-Vous continues to grow year on year, and with the focus purely on luxury yachting, it is only right that Nautor has a presence at the event.  With the marine industry developing at such a fast pace, China provides a valuable opportunity for us to be able to show potential buyers, and the industry, how we are harnessing new innovations to produce yachts which offer perfect handling whether in a cruising or racing environment.”

ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous to start next week

March 06, 2012

Welcoming Spring this year is Nautor’s Swan with its 9th annual edition of the popular ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous regatta to be held from March 12 − 17. British Virgin Islands will see over 50 participants from the Swan cruising fraternity.

Swan 66 - sailing yacht Godot enjoying the day off Sandy Cay in the British Virgin Islands (c) Nautor's Swan & Yacht Shots BVI

Swan 66 - sailing yacht Godot enjoying the day off Sandy Cay in the British Virgin Islands (c) Nautor's Swan & Yacht Shots BVI

Nearly 20 Swans are heading to the Caribbean to enjoy a week long structured cruise between some of the world’s most idyllic islands.  The Bitter End Yacht Club will be their first port of call for registration and receipt of gifts from sponsors like Gaastra and Salvatore Ferragamo before embarking on a number of passages.  Crews will be offered ample opportunities to drop anchor in nature’s paradise and relax in sheltered luxury moorings.

Nautor’s Swan has a strong cruising angle now established with the annual programme.  The Rendezvous concept of cruising in the comfort of the Swan family as well as the option of enjoying some traditional friendly competition is the perfect balance for a growing segment of Swan yacht owners.

Many of the crews are a mix of friends and family as well as some groups new to the Spirit of Swan opting to charter.

The Rendezvous programme will take in four of the famous British Virgin Islands.  Crews will be able to focus on the sailing and leave all logistics to Swan management providing pre-arranged cruise configurations and all social functions.  This includes; live music, cocktail receptions courtesy of Pantaenius and Dockwise Yacht Transport, beach games and a Hors d’Oeuvres contest.

Day one starts at the Bitter End Yacht Club with registration followed by a Laser Regatta for the participants.  Welcome Cocktails and a splendid buffet dinner around the swimming pool by moonlight will set the ambiance for the week allowing new friendships to be forged and old acquaintances renewed.

Tuesday morning will see the fleet decamp with a fun race to Cooper Island for an evening of speciality cocktails and a light buffet.  Wednesday’s activity will take the form of a pursuit race to Sandy Cay off Jost van Dyke.  On Thursday the Swans move on to Marina Cay with a shorter fun race where the infamous Hors d’Oeuvres contest will take place while Pussers cocktails are enjoyed by sunset on the beach with musician Eric Stone playing.

The fleet return to the Bitter End Yacht Club on Friday where the Hobie Regatta will be staged in North Sound and the ClubSwan Open Day will take place on the docks at the BEYC where cocktails will be served during the afternoon.

Saturday sees the competitive race of the week, round Virgin Gorda for the Dockwise Yacht Transport Trophy before the final Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Almond Walk where the weeks prizes will be presented by the Nautor’s Swan team and the week concluded with dancing under the stars.

Sailing Yacht SELENE winner of the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy

February 28, 2012

Swan 80 sailing yacht Selene, has won the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy following her race in the one-of-a-kind 600 nautical mile race, ‘the RORC Caribbean 600’ in an elapsed time of 2 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes. Having circumnavigated 11 Caribbean Islands along with 4 other competing Swan yachts, superyacht Selene sailed by Benjamin Davitt finished 3rd place in the IRC Overall rankings. The yachts were sailing from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heading as far north as St Maarten and south to Guadeloupe, taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barths.

Team Selene Winners of the Swan Caribbean Challenge © Photoaction 2012

Team Selene Winners of the Swan Caribbean Challenge © Photoaction 2012

Team Selene, Skipper, Benjamin Davitt:

“Team Selene is delighted to be honoured with the Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy. We feel that we have really fused as a team in what was a challenging but thoroughly enjoyable race. Selene celebrates her twelfth year in 2012 and it is great to see that she is still competitive in a mixed fleet and we had a few good battles on several of the legs. We would really like to thank everyone involved in the organizing the event and look forward to the next one”.

The closest racing out of all of this year’s RORC Caribbean 600 also went to the Swan fleet, with another two competitive Swans also finishing in the top 10 overall.  Colin Buffin’s Swan 62 Uxorious IV was first to finish, but the team did not celebrate a class win.  Buffin and his young team know that Amanda Hartley’s Swan 56, Clem was extremely close to eclipsing their corrected time.  Just over 3 and a half hours passed before Clem crossed the finish line to win the class by only 21 seconds on corrected time.

There were ecstatic scenes dockside which saw the Spanish crew from Clem celebrate their class win in style, with Clem finishing in 8th and Uxorious IV in 9th overall.  The entire crew of Uxorious IV including Colin Buffin very sportingly applauded their rivals.

Amanda Hartley, Swan 56 Clem:

“We had no idea until we crossed the line and turned on our phones which went crazy with people calling in from Spain.  By our calculation we thought we had lost out by five minutes.  We got stuck at Guadeloupe for four hours and we could only sit and watch Uxorious get away.  We are obviously extremely delighted and really appreciate Colin and his team coming over to give us such a lovely welcome back to Antigua.”

Swan 51, Northern Child, chartered for this event by Merkle, the American IT company, had an interesting start to the race after turning back and giving up over half an hour to the opposition.  Christian Reynolds however, made a remarkable recovery finishing in 13th spot after 3 days and 15 hours regaining places.  Swan 90 charter yacht Nefertiti, then finished the Swan contingent in 17th place, with all Swan entries keeping within the overall top 20.

The stunning Swan Caribbean Challenge Trophy was awarded to Team Selene at the official ceremony held in Antigua.

IRC Overall Results

3          Selene              Swan 80

8          Clem                 Swan 56

9          Uxorious IV       Swan 62

13         Northern Child   Swan 51

17         Nefertiti Swan 90

Rolex Swan Cup 2012 – Entries Open

February 15, 2012

Entries for the Rolex Swan Cup 2012 are now officially open.  The Rolex Swan Cup has been held every two years since 1984, and is a world famous yacht racing regatta that sits at the pinnacle of the Nautor’s Swan calendar attracting Swan sailing yachts from the across globe to congregate for seven days of exciting sailing and socialising.

 Rolex Swan Opening Reception at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (c) Rolex & Carlo Borlenghi (Rolex Swan Cup 2010)

Rolex Swan Opening Reception at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (c) Rolex & Carlo Borlenghi (Rolex Swan Cup 2010)

The esteemed Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, at the very epicentre of cosmopolitan, high profile yachting and known as the spiritual home to Nautor’s Swan, will again host the Swan fleets within Italian waters.  Competitors will experience the glamour of Porto Cervo, Sardinia with the event stretching from September 10th to the 16th 2012.

The Swan yachts comprising of current and more traditional styles across a diverse range of sizes will again be run as four different race classes.  For many race crews it is the ultimate event to win in their specific class with a competitive approach to claiming some of the world’s most stunning silverware.  The most eye catching of all trophies, the Gold Cup, is awarded to the top Swan 45 yacht.  The Rolex Swan Cup includes the Swan 45 World Championships, producing an intense set of races and jubilant victor.

The Rolex Swan Cup Rendezvous Programme will also be in full swing for those owners who prefer a more relaxed approach to their Italian trip.  This will co-ordinate cruises to secluded anchorages and beach side socialising for all age groups.

A full on-shore social agenda is also an important ingredient in Rolex Swan Cup festivities.  This starts with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s elegant, outdoor opening cocktail reception and then leads into the fun of the crew party with both old and new friends meeting from across the globe.  Daily refreshments are also available straight after racing at the Piazza Azzurra, the centre of all the action with an electric atmosphere.  The festival activities continue into an all-inclusive prize giving on the last day of the event to celebrate together.

All Swan owners are also invited to the much sought after Rolex Owner’s Dinner hosted around the swimming pool at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda where they have the chance to share experiences with each other in relaxed, intimate surroundings.

The Rolex Swan Cup has a continuous track record in supporting the largest of all Swan event entries, with Swan owners delighting in bringing large crews as well as extended family and friends to enjoy not only the favourable warm climate and outstanding yachting conditions but also the local charm and hospitality of the region.

Nautor’s Swan enjoys a positive start to 2012 with 6 new yacht orders.

February 03, 2012

Nautor’s Swan, manufacturers of luxury yachts, has started 2012 on an incredibly positive note.  Following on from the success of the final quarter of 2011, they have finalised six new orders for Swan yachts due for delivery during 2012 and early 2013.

The six new orders are made up of one Swan 80 sailing yacht, three Swan 60s, one Swan 53 and a Club Swan 42 – a spread across the SwanLine from Swan Maxi through to the smaller cruising range and through to the racing oriented smallest Swan in the model range.

Positive Start to 2012 for Nautor's Swan © Nautor's Swan

Positive Start to 2012 for Nautor's Swan © Nautor's Swan

With three more Swan 60 sail yacht orders secured, the fleet continues to grow in numbers with nine scheduled to be sailing by the end of summer.  Using the latest technology, design and construction methods, the Swan 60 yacht combines a voluminous contemporary styled interior with spacious cabins, large cockpit, high righting moment for comfortable cruising with easy handling while offering racing performance potential.  Designed to enhance the cruising experience and benefiting from a practical cockpit layout and helm position, space for relaxation, sunbathing and unhindered movement around the boat at all times is assured.

In addition, the most recent Swan to the leave the yard in Pietarsaari, Finland, and the first for 2012 has been delivered for commissioning and test sailing in France.  The fifth Swan 60 to be delivered will be joining the Swan Maxi Class circuit taking place in the Mediterranean during the summer of 2012 before competing at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo from 10 – 16 September.

Specifications and layout design details for the new Swan 100 continue apace with further meetings taking place during boot Dusseldorf to conclude details for the second hull of the new model, due to launch fall 2013 / spring 2014.

Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, “I am delighted that our order book is so full as we start 2012 and our team of quality craftsmen in our yard in Finland are working at close to full capacity to deliver a series of fabulous Swan’s across the full range of our SwanLine.  We have a series of innovations and evolutions to the SwanLine that we will be launching throughout 2012 including the new Swan 100.  I am personally very pleased to be leading the team during this exciting time for Nautor’s Swan.”

Nautor’s Swan 2012 Yacht Racing Events & Regattas

January 11, 2012

The 2012 events and circuits programme provides an opportunity for Swan sailing yacht owners and their crew from all over the world to be united by their love of sailing and to share their enjoyment of and pride in their yacht.  Nautor’s Swan offer every member the chance to enjoy their Swan yacht to the full and also to share their experiences with other owners at a number of prestigious Nautor’s Swan events, regattas and cruising rendezvous staged in some of the most exclusive destinations around the globe.

Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, “the programme of events for 2012 is extensive and includes many opportunities for Swan owners to compete against one another for the incredible trophies awarded annually by the Swan Racing Office or simply to relax and enjoy their boats in the company of friends and new acquaintances.  Our year culminates with the Rolex Swan Cup at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo; watching the spectacle of over 100 Swans sailing through the Magdalena Islands is truly special and one I am personally looking forward to greatly again.”

Rolex Swan 45 World Championship fleet racing off Porto Cervo

Swan Challenge Series
The Swan Challenge Series, which has formed a key pillar within the Swan Racing Office since their introduction in 2000, has evolved to focus upon offshore racing – a core element of Nautor’s Swans DNA.  For 2012, four Swan Challenges will take place with the stunning Asprey Trophies awarded to the first placed Swan overall.

The first event will be the RORC Caribbean 600 for the Swan Caribbean Challenge, with the fleet racing from Antigua out around the various islands back to Antigua.  The second blue water event will be the iconic biannual Newport to Bermuda Race for the Swan East American Challenge.  The 635 mile race attracts many Swans and the St David’s Lighthouse Division was won overall by the Swan 45, Alliance.  The 606 mile long Rolex Middle Sea Race will form the Swan Mediterranean Challenge in October of 2012, the year then rounds out with the Swan Transatlantic Challenge and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Gran Canaria to St Lucia starting on 25 November 2012.

Hubolt PalmaVela

Hubolt PalmaVela

Swan Racing Circuits
With the focus of the Swan Challenge Series firmly upon 600 mile plus offshore races, a void was created within the Swan Racing Office activity.  To fill this, the Swan Racing Circuits have been created; 5 inshore events have been selected in three key regions: Caribbean / USA, Mediterranean and North Europe.  The events selected have proven themselves to be firm favourites with the Swan community and attract significant numbers of Swans to the regattas annually.

The Caribbean / USA Swan Racing Circuit will start in early March with the Heineken Regatta in St Maarten followed by the International Rolex Regatta in St Thomas, USVI and then Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April.  It then moves to the East Coast USA with the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta in Newport in June and then wraps up with the New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport in July.

A Nautor's Swan 60 Sailing Yacht

A Nautor's Swan 60 Sailing Yacht

The Mediterranean Swan Racing Circuit starts in Santa Margherita, Italy with the Trofeo Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli before moving to the Giraglia Rolex Cup in St Tropez.  The next event will be the Copa del Rey in Palma followed by the biannual Rolex Swan Cup held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo from 10 – 16 September 2012.  The circuit concludes in St Tropez with Les Voiles de St Tropez at the beginning of October.

The North European Swan Racing Circuit is the last to start, with the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta at the end of May in Scheveningen, the Netherlands followed by Kieler Woche in June.  The circuit then moves to the UK for two events, the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and then Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.  The final event of the circuit will be Breskens Sailing Weekend at the end of August.

Trophies will be presented to the winners of each of the three circuits.

Yacht VIRAGO - a Swan 100

Yacht VIRAGO - a Swan 100

Swan Class Circuits
2012 will see three Swan Class Circuits taking place – the Swan Maxi Class Circuit, developed four years ago for the growing market of Swans over 60 feet long and two Swan 45 Class Circuits – one in the Mediterranean and one in North Europe.

The Swan Maxi Class Circuit and Swan 45 Class Mediterranean Circuit will follow the same format as the Mediterranean Swan Racing Circuit with five events, Trofeo Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli in Santa Margherita, Giraglia Rolex Cup in St Tropez, Copa del Rey in Palma, Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo and finally concluding at Les Voiles de St Tropez.

The Swan 45 Class North European Circuit will consist of three events, with no discards applied.  The first event will be the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, followed by Kieler Woche in June and concludes in the Netherlands at Breskens Sailing Weekend at the end of August.

Swan 90, DSK Pionee

Swan 90, DSK Pionee

Rolex Swan Cup
The jewel in Nautor’s Swan’s crown is the Rolex Swan Cup, held biannually at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo.  The regatta will run from 10 – 16 September 2012 and attracts over 100 entries from Swans ranging in size from the smallest Swan built, the Swan 36, up to the largest, Swan 112.  Racing takes place over 6 days with the Friday allocated as a Reserve Day following the iconic Long Race around the Magdalena Islands.  In addition to the racing, Nautor’s Swan will also be staging a Rendezvous for those keen to join the event but less keen to race; with lunches at spectacular bays and sociable sailing through the stunning Magdalena Islands participation is keen.

The Rolex Swan Cup will also incorporate the Swan 45 World Championship for 2012.  Defending Champions, Earlybird will be back to attempt to retain their crown for a third time in recent years.  Racing will include windward leeward racing on four days and one long race around the islands joining the other Rolex Swan Cup competitors.

The social programme that accompanies the racing is unique; the fusion of Rolex as title sponsor of the event, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as the Organising Authority and the Nautor’s Swan family brings to life an elegant and attractive series of events that truly reflects the spirit of Swan.  The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will host the Opening Reception at their Club House, followed by the Rolex Owners Dinner on Friday 14 September 2012.  The Rolex Crew Party, for all participants, will be staged at the Colonna Resort Hotel with the Final Prize Giving after racing on Sunday at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in the Piazza Azzurra.

Yacht ARISTARCHOS a Swan sailing yacht

Yacht ARISTARCHOS a Swan sailing yacht

ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous
The 9th edition of the hugely popular ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous will take place from 12 – 17 March 2012 and run in conjunction with the Bitter End Yacht Club.  The 2012 edition will incorporate many of the traditional features from previous editions like the Laser and Hobie Regattas at the Bitter End Yacht Club, the Round Virgin Gorda Race at the end of the week and the Hors d’Oeuvres contest held by sunset on the beach with island style rum cocktails at Marina Cay.  Small changes will also be incorporated to enhance the experience for all as the Swan fleet cruise through the British Virgin Islands visiting many stunning locations and sharing the pure enjoyment of being aboard their Swans.

The route for 2012 will start at the Bitter End Yacht Club on Monday 12, sail to Cooper Island on Tuesday 13 and then on to Sandy Cay / Jost van Dyke on Wednesday 14.  On Thursday 15 the fleet will move on to Marina Cay before returning to the Bitter End Yacht Club on Friday 16.  Saturday 17 will feature the annual Round Virgin Gorda Race before the event concludes with the Final Prize Giving and Gala Dinner and Dancing hosted at Almond Walk.

Boat Shows
Nautor’s Swan will be exhibiting at a number of Boat Shows through the year, starting in Germany in January at the Dusseldorf Boat Show located in Hall 7A, B17.  This is followed by a number of Shows around Europe, Australia and later in the year in the United States of America.  After the Rolex Swan Cup in September, the Nautor’s Swan team will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show from 19 – 22 September.

VIRAGO a Swan 100 sailing yacht

VIRAGO a Swan 100 sailing yacht

Nautor’s Swan Calendar 2012 – Events, Regattas and Boat Shows

Dusseldorf Boat Show, GER        21 – 29 January    Boat Show

Batmassan, Goteborg, SWE    3 – 12 February    Boat Show
BigBlu, Rome, ITA    18 – 26 February    Boat Show
RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua    20 February    Caribbean Challenge

Heineken St. Maarten Regatta, St. Maarten        1 – 4 March    Caribbean / USA Circuit (1)
Allt for Sojn, Stockholm, SWE    2 – 12 March    Boat Show
ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, BVI    12 – 17 March    All Swan Yachts
International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas    23 – 25 March    Caribbean / USA Circuit (2)

Trofeo Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli, S. Margherita, Italy    28 April – 1 May    Mediterranean Circuit (1)
Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua        29 April – 4 May    Caribbean / USA Circuit (3)

Marina di Sant’Andrea Boat Show, ITA    May    Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Queensland, AUS    24 – 27 May    Boat Show
Rolex Volcano Race, Gaeta – Capri, Italy                24 – 28 May                   Award for top Swan
North Sea Regatta, Scheveningen, NED    25 – 28 May    North European Circuit (1)

ClubSwan Guernsey Rendezvous    5 – 8 June    All Swan Yachts
NYYC 156th Annual Regatta, Newport RI, USA                                8 – 10 June                     Caribbean / USA Circuit (4)
Giraglia Rolex Cup, Saint Tropez FR /Genoa IT    9 – 16 June    Mediterranean Circuit (2)
Newport to Bermuda Race, USA    15 June    East American Challenge
Kieler Woche, GER    16 – 20 June    North European Circuit (2)
JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Cowes    30 June    North European Circuit (3)

NYYC Race Week, Newport, USA    14 – 22 July    Caribbean / USA Circuit (5)
Copa del Rey, Palma, ESP    16 – 21 July    Mediterranean Circuit (3)

Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney, AUS    2 – 6 August    Boat Show
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, Cowes, UK    11 – 18 August    North European Circuit (4)
Baltic Sea Challenge, Helsingor, Denmark    10 – 12 August    All Swan Yachts
Stockholm Floating Boat Show, SWE    30 Aug – 2 Sept    Boat Show
Breskens Sailing Weekend    31 Aug – 2 Sept    North European Circuit (5)

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, ITA    3 – 8 September    Award for top Swan
HISWA, Amsterdam, NED    4 – 9 September    Boat Show
Flensburger Fordewoche, Flensburg, GER    7 – 15 September    All Swan Yachts
Rolex Swan Cup, Porto Cervo, ITA    10 – 16 September    All Swan Yachts
Festival de la Plaisance, Cannes, FRA    12 – 17 September    Boat Show
Newport Boat Show, Newport, USA    13 – 16 September    Boat Show
PSP Southampton Boat Show, UK        14 – 23 September    Boat Show
Monaco Yacht Show, MON    19 – 22 September    Boat Show
Interboot, Friedrichshafen, GER    23 – 30 September    Boat Show
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, France                                                  29 Sept – 7 October    Mediterranean Circuit (5)

Rapallo Boat Show, Rapallo, ITA    October    Boat Show
Annapolis Sail Boat Show, Annapolis, USA    4 – 8 October     Boat Show
Rolex Middle Sea Race, Malta                                                                    20 – 27 October           Mediterranean Challenge
Barcolana, Trieste, ITA    9 October    Award for top Swan
Hanseboot International Boat Show, Hamburg, GER    27 October – 4 Nov    Boat Show

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), Gran Canaria    25 November    Transatlantic Challenge

Nautor Swan

Nautor Swan