VIDEO: 2018 Swan One Design

Swan One Design

Pitting crews against each other is the fairest form of sailing competition. One-design racing, defined by clear rules, is synonymous with pure sport in yachting competitions. Boats are the same and it is all about strategy, tactics, crew work, and sailing technique. One-design racing is for sailors who really like competition and still enjoy sailing.

The Swan One-Design philosophy, which includes the ClubSwan 50, ClubSwan 42 and Swan 45 Classes, takes this concept further: the boats are truly dual-purpose and the racing calendar is rich and includes a world ranking for each class. The regattas are always attractive social events hosted by prestigious yacht clubs, the home to both the sailors and the competition organizers and, as such, the cornerstone of the sport, and one of the cornerstones of the philosophy.

The great success of the first edition of The Nations Trophy, where 28 Swan One Design, ClubSwan 50, ClubSwan 42 and Swan 45, raced to win the ambitious Trophy, has confirmed the new era of the Nautor’s Swan racing soul.

2018 sees the launch of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League. Opening with the inaugural Monaco Swan One Design, organized with the Yacht Club de Monaco, this first event will offer a fantastic 4-day programme of high-end racing and social occasions.

The Mediterranean League will continue with some classic Med rendezvous: SailRacing Palmavela, organized in early May by the RCNP in Palma de Mallorca; the Giraglia Rolex Cup, organized in mid-June by the YCI and featuring dedicated windward-leeward races off Saint-Tropez along with a special prize for the Offshore race; and closing in Palma de Mallorca at the beginning of August with the legendary Copa del Rey also organized by RCNP.

The prize giving for TNT Mediterranean League will be in Porto Cervo during the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup scheduled for 9th – 16th September 2018.
In parallel, a The Nations Trophy US League will be organized in Caribbean and US waters. Starting in the Caribbean with St. Thomas International Regatta at the end of March, followed by Les Voiles de St. Barts in mid-April, racing moves to Newport RI for the NYYC Annual Regatta in mid-June and closes with the NYYC Race Week in mid-July.

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