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Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions

April 30, 2012

The second day of Antigua Sailing Week saw another day of fantastic racing conditions, providing some high octane competing at the end of the day 2 of this popular race in the sublime waters on the leeward side of Antigua. So far Antigua Sailing Week has offered dream-like conditions. The crews experienced a wild ride downwind through the amazing Caribbean sea, thanks to their heavy upwind work mixed up with warm sea spray breaking over the deck.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 team on the luxury charter yacht Sojana continued to deliver in CSA 1A with another two bullets to top the class, but Sojana was pushed hard in the last race of the day. Jan Rupert’s Tripp 75 sailing yacht Blackbird posed a big threat and after time correction was less than a minute behind the winners. Geoff Hill’s Santa Cruz 72 yacht Antipodes, with legendary Australian sailor Syd Fischer on board, posted a second and a third today, claiming second place in the series just two points behind Sojana.

In CSA 1B, Stefan Lehnert’s Passion 4C had a great day on the water winning both races, with Hector Velarde’s NM92 yacht Locura showing great speed to post two second places. However the result of Race 3 is subject to a protest in which Locura is calling Passion 4C to the room. Richard Matthews’ Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag leads the division, Passion 4C is currently in second place and consistent sailing from OnDeck’s Farr 65 yacht Spirit of Isis has the team in third place but only on countback. Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night of the Caribbean ripped its mainsail in the first race and hope to have it repaired to get back on the race track tomorrow.

In CSA 2, Chris Brand’s Swan 52 yacht Merel Four started the day with a lowly fifth, ten minutes behind the winner, Ulrich Rohde’s Swan 53 yacht Dragon Fly Plus. However, Merel Four finished the day on a high, scoring its first win of the regatta. Dragon Fly Plus scored two podium finishes to claim second in the series just one point behind the class leader, Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 sailing yacht Scarlet Oyster.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions

Antigua Sailing Week 2012 Day 2: Dream-like conditions Credit: P. Wyeth/pwpictures.com

In CSA 3, Richard Wesslund’s J/120 El Ocaso stamped its authority on the class with two more victories today. However, Don Payan’s Farr 40 yacht Rigel found an extra gear in the last race of the day to come within a minute of spoiling El Ocaso’s perfect score line. It might be the jet lag, the Royal Hong Kong team on First 40 yacht Lancelot, skippered by Nick Burns was called OCS again today but the squad showed determination and scored two podium finishes to claim third overall in the class.

CSA 4 produced the most competitive race of the day. Race 2 was eventually won by Sir Hugh Bailey’s Hugo B much to the delight of his crew. In a photo finish Hugo B corrected out to beat reigning class champion Elandra, owned by American Calvin Reed and helmed by John Linton by just ten seconds. Carlo Falcone’s Caccia alla Volpe was a very close third. Elandra came back to take the last race of the day with Hugo B second and Jonty Layfield’s J/39 Sleeper had a great race to take third. After three races, Elandra leads the class but Hugo B is just one point behind.

Doctor John has been racing on Hugo B for 20 years. He comes from Seattle but ask any of the Bailey family and they will tell you he is an adopted son of Antigua. “That was just fantastic racing today, most of the time the competition was so close you could have reached out and touched them. Hugo B is 28 years old and a lot heavier than Elandra. If the wind keeps blowing we have a chance, so fingers crossed that these wonderful conditions continue but you can be sure that Hugo B will be giving it everything we’ve got.”

Stefan Lehnert's sailing yacht Passion 4C

Stefan Lehnert's sailing yacht Passion 4C Credit: jasonpickering.com

In CSA 5 Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Meter, Biwi Magic was unstoppable today, demonstrating some awesome upwind speed and no short amount of guile, which was demonstrated by a fantastic manoevre on the first windward beat of the day. Biwi Magic lee bowed a larger boat and showed great pointing ability to climb up and over the top of the competition to make the top mark by some distance. Tanner Jones’ J/30 Blue Peter had another good day to take second place but Stephen Carson’s Dehler 34 yacht Hightide was pushing hard and was only 11 seconds behind on corrected time.

In CSA 6, David Chatterton’s Jeanneau 49 sailing yacht Resting Goose is having an excellent start to Antigua Sailing Week, scoring their second win of the series by some margin. After two races, Alex Johnstone’s Bluewater Sailing Grenada is in second place with Phil Munday’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 52.2 yacht Great Escape of Southampton in third. Today was a better day for the Argentinean skipper of Voilactus, Eduardo Lentz, which scored a second today after retiring from racing yesterday.

In the Bareboat fleet, Canadian Dave Read racing Jamais had a great day on the water. “This is my first Antigua Sailing Week and I am here with my two sons, Jake (20) and Merrick (21). We like to take one sailing trip together every year. We normally sail at home on Lake Ontario but the water temperature is mighty cold at this time of the year. We had heard so much about this event and it has been just fantastic sailing and to be moored up in English Harbour with a great crowd, well it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The Antigua Sailing Week video team, Acquafilms were out today ripping it up on Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft trimaran yacht Paradox and Ross Applebey’s Scarlet Oyster.

Tonight’s Prize Giving takes place on the lawn at the Antigua Yacht Club and after the winners have cleared the stage, rock band Itchy Feet will rip it up. The wicked local band doesn’t play to empty dance floors! Racing continues for all classes tomorrow; weather forecasts predicts that normal service will continue; good wind and waves should result in more adrenalin pumping action at Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week 2012: Day 1 – King Viv to attend the imobile Dockyard Festival

April 29, 2012

Tonight´s imobile Dockyard Festival in Nelson´s Dockyard will be attended by the well known West Indian batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, also known as ´King Viv´, bringing sparks on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week 2012. The first day of competing saw strong wind as well as lumpy seas, providing fantastic start to this popular sailing regatta with more extraordinary action and drama.

imobile ambassador, the legendary Sir Vivian Richards helps make Antigua Sailing Week a memorable occasion for competitors at today's prizegiving Credit: Ted Martin/photofantasyantigua.com

imobile ambassador, the legendary Sir Vivian Richards helps make Antigua Sailing Week a memorable occasion for competitors at today's prizegiving Credit: Ted Martin/photofantasyantigua.com

Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 charter yacht Sojana corrected out to win CSA 1A today but there was a dramatic rescue in CSA 1B. Stefan Lehnert was understandably concerned when his son, Phillip went over board from Tripp 56 yacht Passion 4C during a broach when approaching the Half Moon mark. The two Oyster 82 superyacht Starry Night and Zig Zag yacht were the closest to the scene and Richard Matthews, steering Zig Zag was the first to spot the man in the water and perfected a recovery. Philip Lehnert was unharmed in the incident, however the quick action of Zig Zag in pulling him from the water and the willingness of other competitors to assist was commendable. Richard Matthews’ Zig Zag got their just rewards for their valour by winning today’s race after a decision by the Race Committee regarding duress.

CSA 2 produced probably the best skirmish of the day, Chris Brand’s Swan 53 sailing yacht Merel Four took line honours but Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48 yacht Scarlet Oyster corrected out to win the first battle of the series. However, the top six yachts were all very much in contention during today’s three-hour race. Ulrich Rohde’s Swan 53 yacht Dragon Fly Plus took the last podium position. However, Christian Reynolds’ Swan 51 Northern Child, Andy Middleton’s Global Yacht Racing and Gijs van Liebergen’s Swan 65 yacht King’s Legend were all very much in the running.

Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night enjoys spectacular racing on day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week  Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Oyster 82 sailing yacht Starry Night enjoys spectacular racing on day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

In CSA 3, today’s race was won by Richard Wesslund’s J/120 yacht El Ocaso by just six seconds on corrected time. Wesslund’s Florida based crew have been in fine form all season but the team may well have a battle royal on their hands this week. Mario Martinez skipper of Smile and Wave has brought a Brazilian team to race at Antigua Sailing Week.

“We all come from Sao Paulo and we had heard about how great Antigua Sailing Week is, so we decided to come. The sailing today was just fantastic! Back home we rarely get to race in more than 12 knots of wind so we do not have much experience in big conditions, so we feel a bit tired right now but one of the other reasons we have come to Antigua is that we have heard there is a great party atmosphere, so we are looking forward to tonight!”

Nick Burns’ First 40 sailing yacht Lancelot II made a great recovery after turning back to restart. Lancelot II was called OCS and it was at a big cost but the team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club dug deep and managed to climb back through the fleet to finish in third place.

In CSA 4, Calvin Reed’s First 40.7 Elandra is defending their class win from last year and took the first race of the series. Sir Hugh Bailey’s First 456 Hugo B was just a minute ahead of archrival, Carlo Falcone steering Caccia alla Volpe.

Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag Credit: K. Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

Oyster 82 superyacht Zig Zag Credit: K. Johnson/kevinjohnsonphotography.com

In CSA 5, Geoffrey Pidduck’s Six Metre yacht Biwi Magic put in a polished performance today, winning the opening race of the regatta by a substantial margin. Tanner Jones’ J/30 Blue Peter corrected out to take second place with Rick Gormley’s First 38 yacht Elethea taking third. Biwi Magic’s owner-driver, Geoffrey Pidduck was born in Dominica 74 years ago but grew up in Antigua and is remarkably fit and agile for his age. Geoffrey spoke dockside outside the Antigua Yacht Club shortly after racing:

“I was a late starter to sailing, so I have only been coming to Antigua Sailing Week for about 40 years,” joked Geoffrey, dockside at Antigua Yacht Club. “Today was great fun, that’s what racing in Antigua is all about – good breeze and warm water. We got away well and seemed to leave the rest behind, which was very satisfying. I have invested in some new sails and I was delighted with our boat speed today. However, it was important to make the fewest mistakes today but we did have a bit too much sail up on the last beat and took in a bit of water but all in all a great day. Two of the crew have come all the way from Canada and I want to make sure they have a challenging week, so we can all better ourselves.”

In the Bareboat division, there are 35 teams racing at Antigua Sailing Week. Gold Sponsors Sunsail and other charter companies provide a user-friendly way of entering the regatta and with virtually identical boats in each division, racing is incredibly competitive. Stewart Reed’s Dilligaf placed third in Bareboat 2 today. Stewart is racing with a group of friends from the UK to celebrate his 50th birthday. It has been 25 years since Reed has come to Antigua Sailing Week and you can see an interview with Stewart and on board action in the Day One Video wrap up video on line.

The last paragraph of today’s report must mention the highly inventive and extremely successful race course for the multihull class. Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63′ trimaran yacht Paradox is lightening quick, so much so that the multihull is rated at twice the speed of the rest of the competition. So Paul Miller, Race Officer for the multihull division for the day, elected to send Paradox twice around the 14.5 mile course. The decision paid off as the Paradox crew had a real race on their hands and crossed the finish line less than a minute in front of Robbie Ferron’s Lagoon 410 Katzenellenbogen.

Tonight the imobile Dockyard Festival kicks off with a special appearance from the West Indian cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards. Nelson’s Dockyard will be buzzing with live music from the Harmonites Steel Orchestra and great local bands including Hygh Tempa, 1761°, Claudette Peters & the Taxik Band and if that isn’t enough, Mindful Movement will be bringing Zumba to Sailing Week!

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.