Swans in 2012
Nautor's Swan has announced its 2012 events and circuits programme.
Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, “the programme of events for 2012 is extensive and includes many opportunities for Swan owners to compete against one another for the incredible trophies awarded annually by the Swan Racing Office or simply to relax and enjoy their boats in the company of friends and new acquaintances. Our year culminates with the Rolex Swan Cup at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo; watching the spectacle of over 100 Swans sailing through the Magdalena Islands is truly special and one I am personally looking forward to greatly again.”
Swan Challenge Series
The Swan Challenge Series, which has formed a key pillar within the Swan Racing Office since their introduction in 2000, has evolved to focus upon offshore racing – a core element of Nautor’s Swans DNA. For 2012, four Swan Challenges will take place with the stunning Asprey Trophies awarded to the first placed Swan overall.
The first event will be the RORC Caribbean 600 for the Swan Caribbean Challenge, with the fleet racing from Antigua out around the various islands back to Antigua. The second blue water event will be the iconic biannual Newport to Bermuda Race for the Swan East American Challenge. The 635 mile race attracts many Swans and the St David’s Lighthouse Division was won overall by the Swan 45, Alliance. The 606 mile long Rolex Middle Sea Race will form the Swan Mediterranean Challenge in October of 2012, the year then rounds out with the Swan Transatlantic Challenge and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Gran Canaria to St Lucia starting on 25 November 2012.
Swan Racing Circuits
With the focus of the Swan Challenge Series firmly upon 600+ mile offshore races, a void was created within the Swan Racing Office activity. To fill this, the Swan Racing Circuits have been created; 5 inshore events have been selected in three key regions: Caribbean / USA, Mediterranean and North Europe. The events selected have proven themselves to be firm favourites with the Swan community and attract significant numbers of Swans to the regattas annually.
The Caribbean / USA Swan Racing Circuit will start in early March with the Heineken Regatta in St Maarten followed by the International Rolex Regatta in St Thomas, USVI and then Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April. It then moves to the East Coast USA with the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta in Newport in June and then wraps up with the New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport in July.
The Mediterranean Swan Racing Circuit starts in Santa Margherita, Italy with the Trofeo Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli before moving to the Giraglia Rolex Cup in St Tropez. The next event will be the Copa del Rey in Palma followed by the biannual Rolex Swan Cup held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo over 10–16 September 2012. The circuit concludes in St Tropez with Les Voiles de St Tropez at the beginning of October.
The North European Swan Racing Circuit is the last to start, with the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta at the end of May in Scheveningen, the Netherlands followed by Kieler Woche in June. The circuit then moves to the UK for two events, the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and then Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. The final event of the circuit will be Breskens Sailing Weekend at the end of August.
Trophies will be presented to the winners of each of the three circuits.
Swan Class Circuits
2012 will see three Swan Class Circuits taking place – the Swan Maxi Class Circuit, developed four years ago for the growing market of Swans over 60 feet long and two Swan 45 Class Circuits – one in the Mediterranean and one in North Europe.
The Swan Maxi Class Circuit and Swan 45 Class Mediterranean Circuit will follow the same format as the Mediterranean Swan Racing Circuit with five events, Trofeo Carlo Negri – Regate Pirelli in Santa Margherita, Giraglia Rolex Cup in St Tropez, Copa del Rey in Palma, Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo and finally concluding at Les Voiles de St Tropez.
The Swan 45 Class North European Circuit will consist of three events, with no discards applied. The first event will be the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, followed by Kieler Woche in June and concludes in the Netherlands at Breskens Sailing Weekend at the end of August.
Rolex Swan Cup
The jewel in Nautor’s Swan’s crown is the Rolex Swan Cup, held biannually at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo. The regatta will run from 10 – 16 September 2012 and attracts over 100 entries from Swans ranging in size from the smallest Swan built, the Swan 36, up to the largest, Swan 112. Racing takes place over 6 days with the Friday allocated as a Reserve Day following the iconic Long Race around the Magdalena Islands. In addition to the racing, Nautor’s Swan will also be staging a Rendezvous for those keen to join the event but less keen to race; with lunches at spectacular bays and sociable sailing through the stunning Magdalena Islands participation is keen.
The Rolex Swan Cup will also incorporate the Swan 45 World Championship for 2012. Defending Champions, Earlybird will be back to attempt to retain their crown for a third time in recent years. Racing will include windward leeward racing on four days and one long race around the islands joining the other Rolex Swan Cup competitors.
The social programme that accompanies the racing is unique; the fusion of Rolex as title sponsor of the event, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as the Organising Authority and the Nautor’s Swan family brings to life an elegant and attractive series of events that truly reflects the spirit of Swan. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will host the Opening Reception at their Club House, followed by the Rolex Owners Dinner on Friday 14 September 2012. The Rolex Crew Party, for all participants, will be staged at the Colonna Resort Hotel with the Final Prize Giving after racing on Sunday at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in the Piazza Azzurra.