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Swan Cup to be held in September

The 2020 edition of the biennial Rolex Swan Cup is slated for 7-13 September in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the regatta aims to promote sailing and to bring together those who love water sports and the sea. Over 60 yachts will compete under the theme ‘Celebration of the Sea’ in the 21st edition of the race that lasts for a week. The event marks the re-kindling of the competing spirit after months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 global crisis. The event is upheld as an opportunity to mark the watershed after the pandemic crisis and the imposed time apart.

Spanning across seven classes selected from the classic and modern eras in the history of the boat brand Nautor’s Swan, this race is one of the biggest sailing events set to happen this year. This is the second regatta of the Mediterranean season 2020. The seven classes competing in the race are the Swan Maxi Class (vessels that are 60 feet and above), Swan Grand Prix Class (vessels under 60 feet), the vessels belonging to the Swan One Design Classes (ClubSwan 36 class, ClubSwan 42 class, Swan 45 class and ClubSwan 50 class) and the Sparkman & Stephens Class.

For the health and safety of the participants, the organisers will ensure that all the guidelines laid by the Italian government are met. Week-long post-race activities harmonising with the race theme ‘Celebration of the Sea’ are planned to engage the sailors.

“The Rolex Swan Cup will be one of the first sailing events after a season of enforced rest and we are amazed by the response we’ve already had in terms of participation,” said Nautor Group Vice President, Enrico Chieffi.

“More than 60 yachts have already registered, confirming that our owners are thrilled to participate in the regatta and they can’t wait to start racing again all together in Sardinia, celebrating their love for the sea, the sport of sailing and our brand.”

The race will feature the brand’s newest models in the competition. This includes the revived version of the evergreen classic Swan 54 class, as well as the yachts from the bluewater range including Swan 48, Swan 65 and Swan 78. What excites the participants and spectators is the chance to see one-design foiler — the ClubSwan 36 class — the award-winning class that bagged the Innovation Award in the ‘European Yacht of the Year Awards 2020’. The yacht is admired as the radical one-design sports boat.

The event will also feature the new Maxi Swan 98 in the water for the first time.

“Nautor’s Swan is excited to introduce the new era of Maxi Swan with the Swan 98 to the world next September,” Giovanni Pomati, Group CEO shared in one of the articles published by the brand.

“She is a modern masterpiece of design and construction, the perfect blend of performance, elegance and luxury. She is destined to become a timeless superyacht.”

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