2018 Rolex Swan Cup
The 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup saw the participation of a fleet of 110 boats from 17 nations divided into six categories.
In the Maxi Class the winner was Swan 80 Plis-Play ahead of two Swan 601s, Stephen Cucchiaro's Flow and Gerard Logel's Arobas.
In the Grand Prix division, the Swan 53 Solte triumphed by two points over sister ship Crilia.
The Sparkman & Stephens Class, the most numerous with 26 yachts on the water, fields a podium populated exclusively by Swan 65s: Anthony Ball's Six Jaguar won the Rolex Swan Cup, followed by Italy's Shirlaf, owned by Giuseppe Puttini, which placed first today, and by the Spanish Libelula.
The first ever world championship for the ClubSwan 50 class went to OneGroup, who had dominated throughout the week. The second place went to Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone in a thrilling photo finish, while the third place was awarded to Swiss boat Mathilde, owned by Morten Kielland.
Winner of the Rolex Swan Cup and second-time world champion of the Swan 45 Class is Spanish boat Porron IX, owned by Luis Senis and with Hugo Rocha on tactics.
The ClubSwan 42 Mela, owned by Andrea Rossi and with Enrico Zennaro calling tactics, won the Rolex Swan Cup and the European championship title ahead of Natalia and Selene Alifax.
The 2018 edition saw the introduction of a new trophy from the newly formed association of Swan Classics by Frers. It was claimed by the Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer owned by Marietta Strasoldo. The award in memory of Vittorio Codecasa, YCCS member and past president of the Swan 45 Class, went to Leonardo Ferragamo as the top-placed YCCS member.
The prize giving in Piazza Azzurra, sees the introduction of a new trophy from the newly formed association of Swan Classics by Frers. It was claimed by the Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer owned by Marietta Strasoldo. The award in memory of Vittorio Codecasa, YCCS member and past president of the Swan 45 Class, went to Leonardo Ferragamo as the top-placed YCCS member.
In addition to title sponsor Rolex, the 2018 Rolex Swan Cup was supported by Nautor’s Swan’s technical partner Slam and Ferrari Trento, the sparkling wine brand, which sponsored all the social events of this regatta edition. Salvatore Ferragamo designed exclusive ties and foulards for Swan owners; these special objects reproduces the image of one of the first foulards that Mrs. Fulvia Ferragamo Visconti created in 1974, expressing her love for the sea and for sailing.
As sponsor of the event, Salvatore Ferragamo Perfumes has kindly presented the Swan owners with two fragrances of the line Tuscan Soul, the collection which symbolizes richness and beauty of Tuscany: Viola Essenziale and Punta Ala.
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