“The ClubSwan 80 project was born for two reasons: One, because clearly our line deserves a new yacht of this kind and second, because in the Maxi reality we see the possibility and the space for a high-performance yacht that will fill a regatta system that is now lacking something like this,” says Enrico Chieffi, Nautor Group Vice President.
The ClubSwan 80 has been conceived to be a very fast and high-performance yacht, completely in line with her sisters, based on the concept of One Design yachts.
“The idea is to create a class of identical yachts, so this is something very unique in the world of maxis,” adds Chieffi.
All the boats are specifically designed to sail in short racing, participating in the traditional events of the maxi circuit and specialized in light to medium winds (VMG sailing).
“Why this? Because these events are mainly sailing in these conditions and we want a very competitive boat as such,” Chieffi continues.
Nautor Swan and Juan Kouyoumdjian, together with the strategic partner Persico Marine, Vittorio Volonté for the project management, Giovanni Belgrano for the engineering have been working very hard to design and develop this new performance boat:
“When I started working on the projects of ClubSwan Yachts with Nautor I felt ecstatic. Designing pure racers which are highly technological and advanced is something unique. When we started talking about a model which could raise the bar in the sailing world in order to turn the maxi sailing yachts around, we all knew that an eighty-footer was the right way to go. Working with Vittorio, Giovanni and Persico’s team is something that it’s difficult to explain. It’s like pushing ourselves over the limits learning from different experiences, approaches and ideas. That’s innovation!”
“We are very honored to cooperate with Nautor Swan and Juan K in the construction of the ClubSwan 80. With this significant collaboration, we will continue to expand and to enhance our production technology, allowing for the greatest versatility in the design and engineering of high performance yachts,” Marcello Persico, President of Persico Marine, said.
The new model features a canting keel of 4.75m, which is proving to be a great compromise between having a very fast, deep keel while also allowing the yacht to enter into harbors and ports without any limitation.
The ClubSwan 80 has twin rudders, as usually adopted in its new shape as designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian (as happened for ClubSwan 36), and a canard. More specifically, a rotating canard has been adopted for sailing in short racing in light/medium winds (VMG), but also to grant a big flexibility in the tactical situation that are very common in the tight fleet racing.
The very long, retractable bowsprit, together with the very light displacement related to the canting keel, makes the yacht a real monster downwind, providing an enormous amount of fun while sailing.
The yacht comes with a minimal, stylish interior designed by Nauta Yachts, with the aim to combine the very high performance with a degree of comfort inside. A more luxurious version with a full set of options is also possible, being fully aware it may affect sailing performance.
“You can buy comfort but you can’t buy performance and this is very important for the concept of the One Design class. So the base yacht is the fastest and lightest boat you can get,” explains Chieffi.
Since 2002, when the Swan 45 was first launched, Swan started on this route and today its One Design circuit of events is one of the most successful in the world, with a consistent number of yachts participating. The most important ones are The Nations Trophy, held bi-annually on odd years, and The Nation League (Mediterranean and North Europe) held on a yearly base and completely dedicated to One Design. Completing the offer, there is the “must attend” Rolex Swan Cup, on even years, in the beautiful setting of Porto Cervo.
Obviously, the ClubSwan 80 will take advantage of this well-established, worldwide circuit of events, which is why the Nautor Swan Racing Office is developing its dedicated One Design class rules. One of the most important rules, as for all OD racing regattas, is the owner driver, where the owner of the yacht must helm the boat; this allows passionate owners to sail at a very high level while still being manageable and in a friendly environment. The program drafted for the ClubSwan 80 Class will have five events a year, with 25 days of racing, one winner, and a dedicated world championship that will be a standalone event.