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Press Release,  12 June 2018
The Rolex Giraglia is one of the most popular events of the Mediterranean season. Ashore, it is often as much a festival as a competition, particularly in Saint-Tropez where the three-day inshore series, co-organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, is centred. 241 yachts entered the 2018 edition, among them 20 Swans. For the five ClubSwan 50s and four Swan 45s racing in One Design configuration, the Rolex Giraglia marked the third leg of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018.
In the ClubSwan 50 class, Leonardo Ferragamo and Cuordileone returned to the fray with some authority, repeating the victory they achieved at the first event of the league in Monaco. It was a similar situation in the Swan 45 class where Luís Senís Segarra and Porrón IX, winners in Monaco, secured the overall win. Italy was top nation with Cuordileone combining with the Swan 45 Thetis to win by one point from Switzerland, with Spain in third.
The fourth and final event for Swan One Design classes competing for The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018 is the Copa del Rey Mapfre, hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palmafrom 29 July to 4 August.
ClubSwan 50
Racing was typically close in the five-boat fleet, with the top three in each of the three races separated by less than one minute and on occasion 30 seconds. Leonardo Ferragamo and Cuordileone responded best to the varied conditions, winning one race in the 8 – 12 knots on Sunday and another in the fresher conditions of Tuesday. Monday’s racing was lost through a total absence of wind. Andrey Konogorov’s Skorpios (RUS) could not match the Italian crew, but got the better of Morten Kielland’s Mathilde (SUI) by virtue of countback. 
Kielland will not be too disappointed. Mathilde continues to lead The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League standings in the ClubSwan 50 class with only one event remaining. However, with the top four boats in the class separated by only four points and twelve boats entered for the Palma event this contest is far from over. 
Tommaso Chieffi was the tactician on Cuordileone this week: “I was very happy to have raced on a ClubSwan 50 for the first time. The boat is beautiful, fun and has a high performance.” Chieffi has known Ferragamo for a very long time and was delighted to have a chance to compete with the Cuordileone team: “Leonardo is a good helmsman and good friend. The team was excellent and we had a lot of fun over the past three days and, of course, it is even better when you win.”
Swan 45
The Rolex Giraglia witnessed Porrón IX once again demonstrating her prowess at windward/leeward racing, this time off the famous beach at Pampelonne. Winning all three races, Senís’ crew were imperious, securing the class by four points from Ange Transparent.
“It’s the first time I’ve raced in Saint-Tropez. It is a beautiful place and it has been a great experience both on the water and in the village. The perfect combination. I need to congratulate my crew on a strong performance in all the conditions. The races were longer than in Monaco and PalmaVela, but we like the variety and proved we go well in the light and strong winds,” remarked Senís. 
Senís is equally happy with his position in the league standings: “We committed to do all the League events with a view to winning, so to be leading is very good. We need to win in Palma to secure the title and it will be much harder with more boats expected, but we like it when it’s difficult. We like the challenge.”
New Swan One Design News
Away from the racing, on evening of 11 June in the BMW Lounge at the SNST clubhouse in Saint-Tropez, Nautor’s Swan used the occasion of the Rolex Giraglia to unveil the brand new ClubSwan 36, the fifth and latest Swan One Design. From the drawing board of Juan Kouyoumdjian, the ClubSwan 36 combines innovative design, trusted pedigree and pure experience. To learn more visit:
2018 League Nations Standings
In terms of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018 standings after three events, Italy leads on 22 points from Switzerland in second on 18 points, with Spain in third place on 15 points, Germany in fourth on 14 and Russia in fifth on 13.
Swan Rolex Giraglia Handicap Entries
Elsewhere at the Rolex Giraglia Inshore Series, the Swan fraternity was represented across most of the divisions. Great kudos goes to Selene Alifax (Massimo de Campo, Swan 42, ITA) with a spectacular win overall in ORC A, with Swan 53 Silveren Swaen (Frank Werst, NED) just behind in third. Elsewhere, in ORC 0 Giorgio Pitter’s Swan 65 Force 9 of London (MON) took third place on the podium; in ORC A, Daring Sisters (Tomas Dolezal, ClubSwan 42, CZE) also finished on the podium in third, while Checkmate (Marco Babando, Swan 45, ITA) finished eighth, Gouache (David Stanley, Swan 48, GBR) took eleventh and Montrachet (Robert Schuijt, Swan 48, NED) twenty-second; in IRC 0 Jean Pierre Barjon’s Swan 601 Lorina 1895 finished twelfth; and, finally, in IRC A, Zappy S (Christophe Wagny, ClubSwan 42, FRA) came twelfth and Andante IV (Bernard Marchant, ClubSwan 42, BEL) finished in thirty-second place.
Rolex Giraglia Inshore Series 2018 – Swan One Design Results 
(Position, Team, Country, Owner/Driver, Results, Total)
ClubSwan 50
1. Cuordileone (ITA), Leonardo Ferragamo, 1,3,1 = 5
2. Skorpios (RUS), Andrey Konogorov, 2,4,2 = 8 
3. Mathilde (SUI), Morten Kielland, 3,2,3 = 8 
Swan 45
1. Porrón IX (ESP), Luís Senís Segarra, 1,1,1 = 3
2. Ange Transparent (SUI), Valter Pizzoli, 2,2,3 = 7
3. Thetis (ITA), Luca Locatelli, 3,4,2 = 9
 The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League (Rolex Giraglia)
1. Italy (7) [Cuordileone 5; Thetis 2]
2. Switzerland (6) [Mathilde 3; Ange Transparent 3]
3. Spain (4) [Porron IX 4; no 2
nd yacht 0]
Notes to Editors:
The Nations Trophy 2019
Palma de Mallorca has been announced as the location for the second edition of The Nations Trophy, which will be held from 8 – 12 October 2019. Once again, the event will be hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palma.
The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018
This year, Nautor’s Swan has extended the concept of Swan One Design yachts fighting for individual glory as well as for their country by introducing a season-long league in the Mediterranean. The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League maintains the spirit of gentlemanly competition engendered by the original event. Adding further excitement to the concept, the results of the 2018 and 2019 Mediterranean Leagues will impact upon the final result of The Nations Trophy 2019. Eight countries are fighting for the status of top nation and the point carried forward to next year, including: Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom
The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018 includes one more event for the committed one design sailor within the Swan fraternity:
  • 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre, Real Club Náutico de Palma, 29 July - 4 August, Palma de Mallorca
And, finally, from 9 – 16 September the Rolex Swan Cup will serve up another feast with the ClubSwan 50 World Championship, the Swan 45 World Championship and the ClubSwan 42 European Championship taking place within it.
For more information about the 2018 Rolex Giraglia, visit:
For more information about The Nations Trophy 2019 and the Mediterranean League scoring impact, please click here
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