Swan Classic by Frers Association, which is the club every sailor would love to be a part of

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And here is a club that many sailors will dream of being a member of: not so much for membership reasons, but because it would mean owning boats that are a “yachting heritage,” or sailing them frequently.

Gérman Frers

The Swan Classic by Frers Association was born, intended to gather owners and enthusiasts who sail on boats designed in the 1980s by Argentine architect German Frers, considered the world’s best for sailboats, a designer who was able to leave his signature and elegance on dozens of racing and cruising yachts. It was he himself who defined the models that can be considered “classics,” because they have the proportions and characteristics of an era that generated yachts that are still at the forefront of the wish list, which have become in some cases true cult objects.

L‘s London-based association was established at the behest of Marietta Strasoldo, owner of the Swan 651 Lunz am Meer, which has starred in a number of regattas, and follows in the footsteps of the similar initiative started a few years ago for projects carried out by Sparkman & Stephens’ Nautor, which has become a model and an example. Its official presentation was last year during the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

“We have with us many friends who are owners like us of German Frers boats, who felt the need to share the passion for these special and unique boats – said the founder-the goal now is to collect as many as possible and get to define within the existing regattas rankings dedicated to these boats and possibly create some new events.”

swan classicNautor’s Swan shipyard has pledged its support for the initiative, which enhances its distinct focus on creating a large family of owners who share a brand and a passion for sailing. It is no coincidence that the Swan Cup is one of the most watched and enjoyable regattas , and that it was the first one organized for the clients of a single shipyard.

The models chosen were designed in the 1980s and early 1990s and represent a particularly successful period for Nautor, which established itself in those years as the one producing with the highest style and quality. There are more than 350 boats sailing, and it can be said that some if not all of these designs have marked a decisive advance in yachting, becoming the most imitated.

Nautor’s Swan was founded in 1966 by Pekka Koskenkylä; since 1998 it has been controlled by Leonardo Ferragamo, who has moved from the role of shipowner to that of passionate builder. Ferragamo bought its first Swan in 1988 and it was indeed a 51, the first German Frers design built by Nautor. “The first time I visited the shipyard I did so as the owner of my first Swan, a 51,” Ferragamo said, “was 10 years before my involvement with the shipyard and I was admired. It was not an industry but a conglomerate of craftsmen.”

Registration for (lucky) owners and enthusiasts of these boats is already open at the domain www.swanclassicbyfrers.org

swan classic sailing

ModelloCantiere CostruttoreLunghezza (M) (LOA)Anno di Progetto
J/105J-Boats10.521995
J/120J-Boats12.091994
J/160J-Boats16.051996
J/24J-Boats7.321977

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