Bumper fleet for Swan EuropeansA record number of 65 yachts have entered this year's Swan European Regatta, taking place in Cowes from 8-14 June. The bi-annual event, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron since 1995, gives Nautor's Swan owners, and over 800 competitors, the opportunity for a week of top class competition.
Sydney Olympic Gold medallist Shirley Robertson will be at the wheel of the 1999 Swan European Champion, Jacobite, a Swan 48. Shirley, the ISAF/Sperry Female World Sailor of the Year, will be racing against Olympic Bronze medallist and GBR Challenge design team member, Jo Richards, who will be calling tactics on board Menenes, a Swan 441. Racing alongside the professionals will be an amateur fleet consisting mainly of families and friends. This epitomises the unique nature of Swan Regattas.
Based in Cowes, the 65 Swan yachts battling it out in the challenging waters of the Solent will come from as far afield as Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland, Russia and Sweden.
Enrico Chieffi, Nautor's Marketing Director, is clearly delighted with the response from the Club Swan members. "The record entry into this year's Swan European Regatta shows the importance of this unique event for Swan owners. With Accenture and Deutsche Bank Private Banking as partners and some of the world's top sailors competing, the 2001 Swan European Regatta will be a truly great event.
"Many of the competitors and yachts will remain in the Solent for a summer of Swan sailing, culminating in the America's Cup Jubilee with which Nautor is delighted to be associated."
The Royal Yacht Squadron will host the prize-giving, with Nautor's Chairman Leonardo Ferragamo presenting the trophies to the winning owners and crews.
Swan Regattas are racing events set up by the Club Swan Racing Office where only Swan Yachts are eligible to participate. The regattas are run under the special rating system, Nautor's Swan Rating, which is administered by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. These events are organised by Nautor and hosted by three of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world: the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club.