An impressive and eclectic fleet of 125 yachts graced a memorable edition of the Rolex Swan Cup from 11-18 September. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Nautor’s Swan yacht and fittingly, the 19th edition of this biennial event perfectly showcased both sailing heritage and tradition and, in parallel, progress and evolution. Four days of racing were organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and held on the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia with the week’s six class winners receiving coveted Rolex timepieces for their outstanding achievements. The triumphant class winners were: Freya (Maxi), Arobas (Mini Maxi), Music (Grand Prix), Sleeper X (Sparkman & Stephens), Natalia (ClubSwan 42) and Elena Nova (Swan 45 World Championship). Video above published Sep 18, 2016.
Rolex Swan Cup – Day 4 – 16th September:
From modern day superyachts to classic designs, one-design to custom built, cutting-edge to vintage, the record-breaking 2016 Rolex Swan Cup fleet encompassed a vast cross-section of yachting heritage. The 36 yachts competing in the Sparkman & Stephens class included some of those which graced the very first Rolex Swan Cup events in the 1980s. Their enduring appeal is a tribute to the then innovativeness of their design and quality of their construction. In the hands of passionate owners they are lovingly maintained to preserve the heritage and traditions they embody, not as museum pieces but as the sea-kindly craft they were designed to be. On the water, the third day of racing was completed at the Rolex Swan Cup with competition intensifying in all six classes. Video above published Sep 16, 2016.
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