Hot on the heels of October's successful and inaugural Nations Trophy, Nautor's Swan is set to deliver an ever-increasing programme of one-design events dedicated to select models of an iconic yacht brand, including four days in Monaco at the end of March.
The Monaco Swan One Design, to be held from March 27-31 and organised in conjunction with the Monaco Yacht Club, is the first event of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018.
“It is a great honour for us to be part of the Nations Trophy Mediterranean League this year alongside prestigious regattas, and reinforces the Principality of Monaco as a mecca for yachting,” said Bernard d'Alessandri, General Secretary of the Monaco Yacht Club.
Open to ClubSwan 50s, 2018 European Boat of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category, Swan 45s and ClubSwan 42s, this four-day regatta will offer the prospect of tremendous one-design competition for owners and crew alike, Sail-World reports.
"With a number of the entrants from The Nations Trophy participating, including Swan 45 Porrón IX from the triumphant Spanish team, the Monaco Swan One Design will be a true early season test for all competitors," explained Nautor's Swan President, Leonardo Ferragamo, who will be skippering his ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone.
"We are really looking forward to renewing the rivalries of last year in the spectacular setting of Monte Carlo under the incomparable stewardship of the Yacht Club de Monaco."
The Monaco Swan One Design regatta will comprise four days of inshore, windward-leeward racing. Entries have so far been drawn from Germany, Italy, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
“For this first edition, we are delighted to welcome owners sharing the same passion for sailing and high-level competition, and who enjoy meeting each other ashore as well as on the starting line,” Mr d'Alessandri commented.
“Supporting owners and giving them opportunities to satiate their passion is one of our Yacht Clubs' main motivations. Personally, I can't wait to see the spectacular ClubSwan 50 fleet in action. The latest class to come out of the yard, designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, combines elegance and performance.”
Following on from the Monaco Swan One Design regatta, the Nations Trophy Mediterranean League comprises three more events: Sail Racing Palmavela, Real Club Nautico de Palma, May 2-5, Palma de Mallorca; Rolex Giraglia Inshore Races, Yacht Club Italiano, June 9-12, Saint-Tropez; and 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre, Real Club Nautico de Palma, July 29-August 4, Palma de Mallorca.
Finally, from September 9-16, the historic Rolex Swan Cup will witness an array of top-class competitions, including the ClubSwan 50 World Championship, the Swan 45 World Championship and the ClubSwan 42 European Championship.