Royalty takes to the Swans
King Juan Carlos of Spain (right) with Swan and Salvatore Ferragamo boss, Leonardo Ferragamo
The Swan Cup 2002, currently running in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, welcomed a very special guest today for the longest race of the regatta. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, joined Nautor's Swan Chairman, Leonardo Ferragamo onboard his stunning Swan 82RS, Solleone.
The King, no stranger to sailing, decided to take part in the greates challenge of this seven day regatta, the Volvo Ocean Race Day, where the course takes the 97 strong racing fleet over 50 miles around the exquisite coastline of the Costa Smeralda. The crew onboard Solleone, headed by Leonardo Ferragamo himself, were determined to show the King their true racing potential and succeeded with breaking away from the pack early on and rounding the first marker 2.30 minutes ahead of the chasing fleet.
This marathon of a race falls within a week of top class competition at one of the most exclusive and glamorous regattas in the world. The Swan Cup 2002, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is proving to be the best yet with four days of extraordinary sailing seeing the new superyacht Swan 112, No Logic, racing for the first time alongside regatta favourites, Swan 80 Kora, with America's Cup legend Paul Cayard onboard, and the new racing Swan 70, Fast.net.
With the tough challenges on the water, the owners and crews of 112 Swans have been able to celebrate or commiserate in true style. So far the social calendar has been packed with a range of events from the Welcome Reception, held in one of the world's most beautiful Yacht Clubs, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, to the Deutsche Bank Private Banking Crew Evening that saw crews from all over the world celebrate the beginning of the Swan Cup 2002. There
are over 2,000 competitors here in Sardinia taking part in an event that breaks the boundaries for all manufacturers' regattas worldwide and has previously attracted not only the likes of the King of Spain, but also supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Yacht Club owner, H.H. The Aga Khan.
But there is more fun to be had both on and off the water with two more days of racing, on Saturday and Sunday, coupled with the Volvo Ocean Race Crew Party and Final Prize Giving. Tomorrow the crews will have a short respite before racing restarts on Saturday with the Accenture Race Day where the battle continues for every Swan owner's dream - overall winner of the Swan Cup 2002.
The King of Spain at the helm of Solleone with top Italian yachtsman Stefano Rizzi trimming