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Press Release,  12 July 2018
The 2018 Rolex Swan Cup is two months away. It has already attracted an excellent fleet of around 80 Swan yachts that encapsulate the full 50 plus years of the renowned Finnish boat builder’s history. The organizers are confident that come the event the fleet size will have risen to over 115 boats, confirming the enduring popularity of the brand and the continuing desire of Swan owners to gather every two years in Porto Cervo to celebrate their membership of one the most revered clubs in yachting. The 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup takes place from 9 – 16 September.
Rolex Swan Cup 2016 - Event Review
The Rolex Swan Cup is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan. It was first held in 1980 and has been sponsored by Rolex since 1984. Current entries range from the Sparkman & Stephens designed Swan 36, Josian, launched in 1968, to the magnificent Frers designed Swan 115s, Highland Fling and Solleone. In between, there is a fleet of ClubSwan 50 One Designs, drawn by Juan K and which made their debut in 2016, and Haromi, the first example of one of the latest models to emerge from the yard, the stunning Swan 78, completed in May this year.
Much of the attention will centre upon the Swan One Design fleet where the ClubSwan 50s will compete in the inaugural class World Championship. Around 16 boats are expected to participate and, if the level of competition exhibited this year during The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League is anything to go by, expect a mammoth contest. The 2017 European Champions, Earlybird from Germany, will be looking to add to their laurels; Italian entrant Cuordileone will hope its two League wins this season are proof of its form; while Mathilde from Switzerland will be taking inspiration from its lead in the League’s overall standings after three of the four events.
Another Swan One Design, competing for its class World Championship, is the Swan 45. The 2017 winner, Porron IX from Spain, is proving a force to be reckoned with this year with two wins and a second place in the 2018 Mediterranean League. The German entrant, Elena Nova – a winner at PalmaVela in May – was the runaway world champion in 2016, the previous time the event was held within the Rolex Swan Cup. Eleven Swan 45s should be on the start line.
The final Swan One Design class is the ClubSwan 42. With a European Championship at stake, a close fought contest is also anticipated in this division. The top three boats from the 2017 championship – Nadir (ESP), Pez de Abril (ESP) and Far Star (ITA) - are taking part, along with BeWild (ITA) which was on the podium at the 2016 Rolex Swan Cup. With the top four boats in the Mediterranean League standings currently in the fray, the event is shaping up well.
Of course, the Rolex Swan Cup is more than just a competition for Swan One Designs. There will be Supermaxi, Maxi and Grand Prix divisions for the modern models. The classic Sparkman and Stephens designed Swans will have their own class and Nautor is particularly excited to be welcoming an incredible group of ten Swan 65s. The Swan 65 was the brand’s flagship when launched in 1973 and was, at the time, one of the largest GRP constructed yachts on the market. The model would continue to be built until 1989 and became an icon for Nautor’s Swan and of the wider ocean racing scene. The most famous win was that of Sayula II in the inaugural Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973/74. King’s Legend, which came second overall in the 77/78 Whitbread, will be in attendance.
And a Rolex Swan Cup would not be complete without a comprehensive social programme to keep the competitors and their families entertained ashore. Occasions are planned throughout the week, centred upon the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Piazza Azzurra and the popular Rolex Crew Party. Proceedings will draw to their customary celebratory conclusion with the Final Prize Giving on Sunday, 16 September, in Piazza Azzurra.
Nautor's Swan Press Office
Virginia De Carlo
T +39 346 2173092 
About Nautor's Swan
Nautor’s Swan has more than half a century of experience in building performance sailing yachts, which are recognised the world over for the perfect combination of style, quality and performance. Exceptional sailing performance will always define any Swan and, while the more traditional Swan Yachts will retain the familiar element of cruising comfort along with their ability to compete when required, ClubSwan Yachts will be more distinct in their role and direction with the specific objective of leading the yard’s development of high-performance yachts based upon cutting-edge design principles.
2016 has been the Nautor’s Swan’s 50th anniversary: a momentous milestone that celebrates more than 2,000 yachts built over five decades, between 36 and 131 feet, and with the latest generation of Swan yachts like the Swan 115, the Swan 65, the Swan 78 and the outstanding ClubSwan 125 and ClubSwan 50.
Jewels in the crown of the ClubSwan calendar are the Rolex Swan Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo and in BVI) and the Nations Trophy dedicated to the Swan One Design yachts.
Swan Yachts
Swan 54, Swan 65, Swan 78, Swan 98 (Maxi Swan), Swan 115 (Maxi Swan)
ClubSwan Yachts
ClubSwan 36, ClubSwan 50, ClubSwan 125
Nautor's Swan Photography
Nautor's Swan photography is available for editorial use, royalty free. For access to the Nautor's Swan photographic archive, please register at then visit the Nautor's Swan galleries to download photos.
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