New York YC choose Swan

New partnership over 42ft Frers one design

Monday July 25th 2005, Author: Jennifer Holl, Location: United States
Two of the most famous names in sailing, Nautor’s Swan and the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), today announced a ground breaking partnership. Building on their strong relationship, the NYYC has selected Nautor’s Swan as its partner for a new international one-design racing class. The result is a 42 foot racing yacht that is tailor-made for one-design racing, can perform well under IRC and can be comfortably cruised offshore.

The joint announcement was made by the NYYC Commodore George R. Hinman Jr. and Leonardo Ferragamo, President of Nautor’s Swan, at the Rolex Swan American Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island. The two parties have joined forces in a rare partnership - a world renowned yacht manufacturer and venerable yacht club working together to create a worldwide one-design racing class that will be founded around a light and extremely fast yacht.

Commodore Hinman commented on the announcement: “This is the right yacht, at the right time for our club members, and, it is hoped, for other clubs around the world. We needed a first class one-design yacht with strict limitations on equipment and sail inventory to avoid the ‘arms race’ of owners trying to outdo each other. Essentially, the way it comes from the factory with standard equipment is the way it will be sailed. Now we can all sail on a level playing field, ensuring close and exciting competition...”

Designed by the Frers design team in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan, to specifications developed by the NYYC, this new model will be a high performance yacht with racing at its core. Not only will the yacht have the benefits of a strong class association, it will be competitive at international sailing regattas within open divisions including IRC, and will also provide owners with a comfortable cruising experience for which Swans are renowned. Nautor’s Swan’s commitment to utilise only the highest quality materials in the construction of its yachts will be matched with the technological advancement that prospective owners will expect from a one-design class model. The yacht’s composite construction will ensure light displacement and high performance, while light and airy detailing within the interior will create the stylish appearance that one would expect from the latest generation Swan.

The class rules will be developed by the NYYC, which will also be initially responsible for administering the class and promoting and running class events. Nautor’s Swan will market the yacht and promote the class to sailors and other leading yacht clubs around the world through its global network of agents and service yards.

Enrico Chieffi, Nautor Group Vice President of Marketing and Sales, commented on the project: “The collaboration between Nautor’s Swan and the NYYC is one that is unique within the sailing world. We are committed to this partnership, to growing the class and expanding the programme through other premier yacht clubs worldwide. With its moulded deck and simple, essential design, this yacht will be like no other in the history of Nautor’s Swan, yet is guaranteed to offer its owner the premier one-design racing experience that we have developed. This project will complete the Nautor's Swan one-design racing family, alongside the already successful Swan 601 and Swan 45.”

David K. Elwell Jr., Rear Commodore of the NYYC, said: “We know that the design and intended racing program is well suited to our members and, we believe, many other sailors worldwide. The class’ emphasis is on one-design and Corinthian sailing. For New York Yacht Club purposes, the boat will be branded the ‘NYYC Swan 42.’ We look for a rapid acceptance of the class in the U.S., with Europe following suit. The New York Yacht Club is complemented by Nautor’s Swan’s considerable history in yacht building, and we are excited about this relationship.”

See lines drawings of the new boat on page 2...

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