Rolex Swan Cup
Another memorable edition of the Rolex Swan Cup, the regatta/meeting that brought together yesterday’s and today’s cruising and racing models from the Finnish shipyard in Porto Cervo, goes on record. Sardinia offered proverbial weather conditions, alternating north and south winds on the coastal courses and between the buoys of the various categories in the regatta.
In particular, the final day of the Rolex Swan Cup. was characterized by southeasterly winds that picked up from the initial 10 knots, reaching about 20 knots in the La Maddalena channel, tackled upwind by Division 1 boats that raced on the coastal courses, while Division 2 One Designs had two stick races in winds between 10 and 12 knots.
The DNA of the Event
The Rolex Swan Cup is an event that goes beyond racing on the water. The yard’s ambition has always been to bring together in the same place the boats of yesterday and today: from the classic Sparkman&Stephens of the 1970s, to the latest One Design signed Juan K or the cruisers and maxis of German Frers. The 84 yachts present in Porto Cervo fully represented the entire Swan world, as well as a piece of mondial yachting history.
The Maxi class was particularly fierce, with victory going to Donald Macpherson’s Swan 90 Freya winning over Vincente Garcia Torres’ Swan 80 Plis-Play and Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s ClubSwan 80 My Song. The latter was one of the most anticipated boats being the newest design dedicated to the racing world.
After its debut at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, MySong showed further progress while still failing to achieve overall victory on corrected time. In fact, the ClubSwan 80 won all races in real time even against much longer models, confirming it as a very fast design.
Among the Mini Maxis, Stephen Cucchiaro’s Swan 601 Flow wins outright with a poker of four firsts out of four races run. They are followed with five points behind Gerard Logel’s Swan 601 Arobas and with seven points by Valter Pizzoli’s Swan 601 Les Amis.
Short ranking summit for Swan classics Sparkman & Stephens, where victory in the last race of the Swan 38 Mascalzone Latino XXXIII allows Vincenzo Onorato to win by one point over Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf. Third place, but eight points behind second, for the smallest boat in the fleet, Eugenio Alphandery’s Swan 36 Josian.
In the Swan Grand Prix class, there is an outright ruler, the Swan 53 Crilia of Gerd Heinz and Christoph Stein, father and son, which wins the Rolex Swan Cup with three firsts and a third place partial. They are followed in the overall standings by Hamid Shahid’s Swan 58 OM II and Jan Oplander’s Swan 54 Katima with 10 and 13 points respectively.
Rolex Swan Cup – Winners among One Design.
Among u ClubSwan 50’s victory for Louis Balcaen’s Balthasar with New Zealander Hamish Pepper at tactician, second was August Schram’s Stella Maris with Brazil’s Robert Scheidt (winner of 5 Olympic medals) at tactician, third was Marcus Brennecke’s Hatari using German compatriot Markus Wieser for tactical calls.
Among ClubSwan 36 success of Giangiacomo Serena’s G Spot from Lapigio, second was Lorenzo Mondo’s Farstar and third was Haakon Lorentzen’s Mamao.
Pedro Vaquer Comas’ ClubSwan 42 Nadir, winner of the last regatta, also won the overall standings ahead of Massimo De Campo’s Selene Alifax and Pit Finis’ Dralion. Among the Swan 45s, it is Claudio Terrieri’s Blue Sky that prevails over Ulika and Ex Officio.