ClubSwan36 heading North after The Nations Trophy

Philippe Oulhen, ClubSwan Product Line Leader, shares these words with us: The Nations Trophy was an event full of emotions. The overall picture was incredible, especially with the ClubSwan50 becoming the biggest One-Design fleet of this size boat, but for me the first racing for the ClubSwan 36 was quite special, after almost a year and half of work to develop, design and launch the production and bring the first four boats to the starting line. But to be more specific, I appreciated the end of the event very much, for two very good reasons:
1. The four ClubSwan 36 teams enjoyed the boat and racing without issues.
2. It was time to head north for an offshore delivery to Barcelona!
I always like offshore sailing and even if a sport boat can be challenging on open sea, it is a moment to extract oneself from shore-based concerns and focus on the tasks at sea. This was a great opportunity to test different ways to sail this boat with its foil and its rig, and also sharing a privileged moment with two people after this first season of tasting. Our prototype boat captain, Bernardo Zin, for sure the one with the most miles onboard a 36 today, even involved in finishing the boat before its launch in spring, and Ivan Kljakovicgaspic, manager of a new fleet of six ClubSwan 36's for ACI Marina in Croatia. Bernardo is an accomplish offshore sailor as is Ivan who also adds three Olympic campaigns in Finn class. Just the day after the TNT closed, we had no time to spare, after a weighting session for the four boats, we had to sail right away to Barcelona where most of the sailing magazines had gathered to start their sea trials to elect the European Boat of The Year. Safety equipment, some food, a sleeping bag and the latest chart to set our course, and we were ready to go under the full moon. Even in light airs, in the lee of the island, the 36 sailed faster than our 6 knots motoring, a great feeling and a quiet moment for the ones looking to catch up on some sleep.
This boat was boat number 2, or the first production boat, spec'd with the « Offshore kit », including two bunks, which were dry and comfortable according to Bernardo.
During the night, the wind increased and shifted to the right, giving us the opportunity to deploy completely the foil on port, trim the jib on the outboard lead and twist the mainsail and off we go. The lesson is simple, build some speed and let the boat heel, as soon as you feel the bow going up a little, record the heel angle (just the visual between the headstay and the horizon is enough), and steer fast with a constant heel angle. In our conditions of 12 to 15 kts True Wind Speed, we were fast and steady with a heeling angle close to 18 degrees. No need to record this, the feeling is clear and the control easy with the balanced rudder.
That was a great test before presenting the boat to the press and giving them some tricks to enjoy the ride. I think they did exactly that during the following days. For sure Bernardo, Ivan and myself we enjoyed it, very much!

Bernardo and Ivan, smiling after one night reaching on starboard full foil out - Full main + medium jib (no need for a kite!) => 11 to 12 knots of boat speed with 12 to 15 knots of True Wind speed (look at the bow up on this picture).

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Swan 112-004 refit

Following a long transit by cargo ship from Greece to Pietarsaari, Swan 112-004 ‘Eratosthenes’.is now safe inside our waterfront yard Nautor where she was originally built 17 years ago. Our team of boat builders is eager to start the refit works, working together with the Captain and Owner in order to make this beautiful yacht even better. The first captain Alexandros Raftopoulos and the engineer Stavros Varvaresos who were initially responsible for the project in 2002, have returned again to follow the refit after the expiration of their duties onboard Swan 131-001 from 2006 until 2018.
The yacht will have full renewal of electrical systems, engine, generators, teak-deck etc etc “It is with great pride we are taking on this task as we believe we are the ones who have most knowledge of the Swan we have built” says Customer Care Manager Anders H Byggmästar. Kjell Vestö will be the Project Manager for this yacht, he knows the yacht like his own and we all will benefit from his experience.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019
October 19th to 26th - Malta

Amazing result for ClubSwan 42 Be Wild at the 40th edition of this iconic regatta: she maintained the leadership during the whole competition, finishing first in the ORC division and third in IRC overall.
As the best placed Swan, the owner, Renzo Grottesi was presented with the Swan Mediterranean Challenge Trophy at the final prize giving. He commented on his victory with these words: “We have sailed this race seven times and the weather has always been different. BeWild is a good boat in light air, but it was difficult to decide which way to go. Then, for the last 200 miles, we were in strong winds. The humour on board and working as a team made us strong. It is a long race, with very strong competition, and you only relax when you have finished.”

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Swan 65 Force 9 of London at the 51st edition of Barcolana

After her participation in the Rolex Capri Sailing Week in Spring and a great Med cruising season this Summer, Swan 65 Force 9 of London sailed to Trieste in order to take part in the 51st edition of Barcolana, which this year counted more than 2000 yachts participating.
Special guest on board was Carolina Stramare, winner of the 2019 Miss Italia (the beauty contest awarding prizes every year to young, female contestants from Italy). Carolina joined a crew of young sailors coming from the Sailing School of Trieste (Società Triestina della Vela). The calm sea strongly affected the entire regatta and made the race difficult for Force 9 due to her 35 tons. However, the crew proved to be capable to take advantage of every puff of wind gaining 2nd place in class and 121st overall among more than 1000 yachts arriving at the finish line. “We have finished the regatta with an unexpected and excellent position, given the unfavourable weather conditions (the wind was never more than 5 knots)”, declared Giorgio Pitter, the skipper. “At the start line we weren’t sure we would even manage to reach the finish; the strategic choice was to not to fly the Code Zero but to keep the genoa to sail straight for the buoy. Finally, we left behind more modern performance yachts. A great satisfaction in a pure “Barcolana” spirit”.
Force 9 of London is the 9th unit of Swan 65 by Sparkman & Stephens. She was launched in 1974 and took part in the Whitbread Round the World Race of 1977-78 and was the first yacht to finish with a female skipper, the British yachtswoman Clare Francis.

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Aon INSIGHT - A focus on Aid and Rescue


In this monthly feature, we would like to spend some time on a topic that gave us a hard time this summer and also ones previously. During the last season more than one owner contacted us due to some issues in relation to accidents which occurred with their guests; as you all may know, one of the most common policies is that for “third party liability”, which operates in order to cover the damages caused by the insured to third persons. What sometimes is not so clear is the fact that these policies cover only those being transported and not the actual crewsonboard.Therefore if any guest onboard take part in any maneuvre (like for instance simply raising the anchor or using a winch), he or she will be considered part of the crew and insurance companies will not cover any injury suffered by this person.
With a view to providing a cost effective and at the same time efficient solution to these unpleasant cases, we strongly suggest to our clients to effect an ACCIDENTAL RISKS POLICY which will allow you to overcome these circumstances and keep sailing with no further complications.
Below you will find our email contact. We are available for any further detailed information about this topic. We will be pleased to ;provide a deeper explanation or a proper concrete solution to the question of onboard accidental risks.



Orust Yacht Service Ab

Orust Yacht Service is situated on the West coast of Sweden on the Island of Orust, in the safe and calm harbour of Henån.
Our yard is a complete service yard with repair facilities of various kinds, indoor storage for about 200 boats, our marina with about 20 berths, spare part store, full workshop with rigging and wire tools, sailmaking and two cranes with up to 40 tons capacity.
We have about 20 experienced service technicians, carpenters and GRP specialists with hands on experience from shipbuilding, most of them with backgrounds from the quality shipyards of Orust.

Orust Yacht Service AB, Varvsvägen 1, 473 31 Henån, Sweden
Phone + 46 304 36000 Fax +46 304 31306

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RORC Transatlantic Race

Lanzarote to Grenada (SPA)

Start November 23rd, 2019

ARC Race

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia

Start November 24th, 2019

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Sydney (AUS)

December 26th, 2019

Duesseldorf Boat Show

Duesseldorf (GER)

January 18th to 26th, 2020

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