Bright future for Swan 45

Andy Nicholson gets the low down on this rapidly selling baby Swan
Nautor’s Swan 45 raised many eyebrows when the first boat hit the water just over a year ago. Not only was this new boat the smallest Swan to be built for some years, it was also very firmly positioned as a one design class cruiser racer. Back at the London Boat Show for a second year, to defend her 2002 Boat of the Show award, the 45 has also picked up the Sailing World Magazine’s Boat of the Year 2003 on the way. The Daily Sail caught up with John Irving of Nautor Swan UK to get an update on how the class was developing. The simple answer is extremely well: In the UK alone there will be six yachts racing from early April, with another coming later in the year. Yes, that is seven brand new Swan 45s racing in the Solent. In all there are now 30 boats sold worldwide, with the key European market in addition to the UK, being the smart end of the Med around Italy and the South of France. The US is home to another seven, mostly around the Long Island area. Of the new UK boats, only two are going to existing Swan owners. Harry Evans has a new Alvine and Keith Miller has a new Crackerjack. They join the first UK owner Tony Mack and his McFly. Mack took delivery of his new boat just before Cowes last year and had a successful first week out sailing with his regular crew. In IRC 1 they found their main competition was the Corby designed Carphone Warehouse which frequently had to work pretty hard to keep the 45 at bay. New owners into the Swan family are Glynn Williams with Wolf and Nigel Bramwell with Hawk. Both have campaigned in several classes including the Farr