The Nations Trophy, launched in 2017, is a biennial, focal event in the world of Swan One Design activity. Open to ClubSwan 50s, Swan 45s, ClubSwan 42s and ClubSwan36 The Nations Trophy also serves to determine the Swan 45 and ClubSwan 50 World Championship, plus Swan 42 European Championships. The Nations Trophy is decided by combining the place-positions of the two top-placed boats of each competing country. The winning nation is the one with the lowest place-position total and is awarded a brand-new perpetual trophy created by the high-end jeweller and silversmith Buccellati.
THE NATIONS TROPHY
Nautor’s Swan is a global brand and its yachts are sailed around the world. The Nations Trophy reflects our commitment to promoting the camaraderie and competitiveness that is so pronounced throughout the sailing world. To underline each yacht’s connection with a particular nation, boom stickers with the owner’s name and national flag will be used. The Results Board, at the venue and online, will show the up to date standings in The Nations Trophy using national flags to emphasize the nature of the contest.
Swans have always offered their owners the joys of cruising combined with the opportunity for racing success. This includes the first ever Swan model, the 36, launched in 1968. Her racing achievements generated such a positive feedback that Nautor’s Swan rapidly established a reputation as the foremost manufacturer of high performance racing yachts; a reputation emphatically endorsed by Swan 65 Sayula II’s victory in the first ever Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973/74.
As part of its evolution, Nautor’s Swan entered the one-design world in 2001. Despite its racing heritage, this move was viewed initially with surprise. However, the Swan 45 model, drawn by German Frers, had all the hallmarks of a Swan. At its base, it was like all other Swans, a high-quality performance cruiser/racer competitive in handicap racing; its uniqueness, its one-design capability. The Swan 45 would be followed by the Swan 601, and then by the highly-regarded ClubSwan 42 in 2006. Developed in association with the New York Yacht Club, the 42 was commissioned as a one-design cruiser/racer for both inshore and offshore racing. As a result of it efforts, and success in the one-design field, Nautor’s Swan rapidly acquired valuable experience in designing one-designs and managing the resultant fleets. Carefully written and strictly enforced rules secured the success and longevity of the Swan One-Design classes while providing a template for additional one-design classes to be added.
Swan One-Design Racing Philosophy
The appeal of racing identical boats is easy to understand. Removing the design element and pitting crews against each other is the fairest form of sailing competition. It is this principle that has been at the heart of many of the world’s most successful one-design classes. Another secret to a successful one-design lies in creating a yacht that has the potential for a double life: the design needs to be as competitive in handicap tracing as it is popular in its own fleet racing. The Swan One-Design philosophy takes this concept further: the boats are truly dual-purpose and the racing calendar is rich. The regattas are always attractive social events hosted by prestigious yacht clubs, the home to both the sailors and the competition organisers and, as such, the cornerstone of the sport, and one of the cornerstones of the philosophy.
The Nations Trophy 2019, 08th – 12th October: The 2019 edition of The Nations Trophy, organized in conjunction with the Real Club Nautico de Palma, will crown ClubSwan 50s and Swan 45 World Champions and ClubSwan42 and ClubSwan36 European Champions.
Please find here all the information on the event.
The 2017 Nations Trophy was organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan and with the institutional support of the Real Federación Española de Vela (RFEV).
Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Russia