Swans flock to Porto Cervo

Rolex Swan Cup sets sail tomorrow

Monday September 10th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy

A fleet of almost sixty Nautor’s Swan yachts are preparing to grace the 17th biennial Rolex Swan Cup, held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The first of five days of racing commences tomorrow for all four classes: Maxi (18.29m/60ft and above), Grand Prix (18.28m and below), Classic (models including those designed by Sparkman and Stephens) and Swan 45 One-Design.

The eclectic fleet includes yachts from 13 countries and territories, comprising Austria, Belgium, the Cayman Islands, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, the UK and the USA. Three of the competing crews are already well-acquainted with the testing waters of the Costa Smeralda. The Swan 80s Plis Play (ESP) and Marco Rodolfi’s Berenice Bis (ITA) as well as the prolific Swan 60 Bronenosec (RUS) all performed impressively during last week’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

Bronenosec’s Vladimir Liubomirov is now leading his 17 strong crew for a second challenging week in Porto Cervo following a busy season that has also included appearances at the Rolex Volcano Race and the Giraglia Rolex Cup: “The boat responds best to conditions in the region of 15-18 knots,” admitted Liubomirov. “Our target is to be at the top of the competition come the end of the week, where there will be some real contenders (for the Maxi class) such as Emma (GER), which is in full racing mode like us, as well as Berenice Bis and Swing (USA).”

A vast range of Nautor’s Swan yachts are represented from the 11.66m Only You, a Sparkman & Stephens Swan 36 – competing in the Classic division – to the imperious 34.34m Swan 112 Highland Breeze, the largest yacht in attendance and figuring in the Maxi class of 19 boats, which includes four Swan 60s in the aforementioned Bronenosec, Emma, Vertical Smile (DEN) and Swing, whose crew will include Leonardo Ferragamo, President of Nautor’s Swan since 1998. In the same Class, two Swan 66s – Lionessa of Douglas (GBR) and Lot 66 (NED) – represent the model designed to commemorate Nautor’s Swan’s 40th anniversary in 2006.

Elsewhere, in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship, defending champion Earlybird (GER), led by co-owner Christian Nagel, will start as favourite in the eight-strong fleet. Earlybird is on target for a hat-trick of successes at the Rolex Swan Cup, having also triumphed in 2008.

Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan, is looking forward to the competition unfolding: “For Nautor’s Swan, the Rolex Swan Cup attracts a wonderful mix of Swan’s from our current SwanLine and archive. It is always a pleasure to share the friendly competition that this regatta attracts alongside the prestigious social programme enjoyed by all. Racing in all four fleets will be fierce and within the Swan Maxi Class, the four Swan 60s should prove exhilarating to watch.”

Weather permitting, coastal races are scheduled tomorrow for all classes except the Swan 45 One-Design who will engage in two windward/leeward races.


Boat Name LOA Nat Designer Model
Albablu 16.06 ITA   53
Alix 27.71   Oy Nautor AB 90 FD
Altair 27.71 ITA Frers 90 FD
Alzira Moraira 22.9 ESP   75
Anteo 23.3     75 FD
Ballytrim 14.05 GBR Frers 46
Berenice BIS 25.08 ITA Frers Swan 80-101
Bronenosec 18.94 RUS Frers 60
Capercaillie 23.89   Frers 77
Clem 17 ESP Frers 56
Clevelander 24.8   Frers 82 RS
Constanter 19.82   Frers 62 RS
Cuordisole 18.3   Frers 601
Earlybird 13.83 GER   45
Elysion Blue 20.6   Frere 68/71
Emma 19 GER Frers 60
Fantasticaaa 30.2 ITA Frers 100 FD
Fidibù 13.09 FIN Ron Holland 43
Flying Dragon 21.28 GBR Frers 70
Gaetana 19.95   Frers 651
Geronimo 20.78 NED Frers 651
Highland Breeze 34.34   Frers 112
Hinano 14.84 USA Frers 48
I Amsterdam 25.08     80
Illusion 16.47 NED   53
Jeroboam Ca'nova 13.83 ITA Frers 45
Katima 13.83   Frers 45
Kings Legend 19.68 NED S&S 65
Lionessa of Douglas 20.12 GBR Frers 66 FD
Long Echo 12.98     42
Lot 66 20.12 NED Frers 66 FD
Luna 13.83 ITA Frers 45 - 2.25
Lunz am Meer 18.54 AUT Frers 651-007
Magia II 13.05 ITA S&S 43
Magical Mystery Tour 12.98 GBR   42
Merel Four 16.47 NED   53
Montrachet 14.83 NED Frers 48
Moonlight 14.36     46 MKII
Music 16.48   Frers S531-519
Natalia 12.98 ROU Frers 42
Nefertiti 25.95   Frers 90 FD
Nikata 24.9 GBR Frers 825
Northern Child 15.54 GBR Frers 51
Ondine 16.08 ITA Frers 53 GF
Only You 11.66 ITA S&S 38
Plis Play 24.4 ESP Frers 80
Sehkraft 13.45 GER S&S 44
Selene 24.37 CAY Frers 80 - 3.50
Shirlaf 19.68 ITA S&S 65
Sims IV 12.39 ITA Holland 391
Sleeper 13.4 GBR Frers 44 MK1
Solleone 27.71 ITA Frers 90 S
Stark Raving Mad 18.3   Frers 601
Strabo 21.28   Frers 70
Swanted 13.83 ITA Frers 45
Swing 18.86     60
Talj       45
Thetis 13.83 ITA Frers 45
Tixwave 12.98 GBR Frers CS 42
Twilight 14.35   Frers 46
Ulika 13.83 ITA Frers 45
Varsovie 30.2 CAY Frers 100
Vertical Smile 18.94   Frers 60
Vondeling 13.83 GBR Frers 45
Walidada 14.61   S&S 47
Why Not 17.19 ITA Frers 56


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