02 Dec Jabuka was a hard offshore test for ClubSwan 36
Two Nautor ClubSwan 36s from ACI Sail fleet had a real offshore test during Jabuka (Apple in Croatian), one of the hardest and toughest races in the Adriatic. With hard blowing winds, rough sea and heavy showers during the 110 mile long route from Croatian town Vodice to the legendary rock Jabuka in the middle of the Adriatic ClubSwan 36 passed this arduous test with excellent marks. In overall standings yacht ‘Facing Future’ was second and yacht ‘Go Racing’ was seventh among 106 boats. The helmsman of ‘Go Racing’ and manager of ACI Sail Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic was very pleased with boat performance.
‘The Adriatic sea is not very friendly at this time of the year. The weather conditions were hard. More than 14 hours of sailing is a very demanding task but this was also a great opportunity to test different ways to sail this boat with its foil and its rig in offshore sailing. The ClubSwan 36 has shown great potential. It was fast, reliable and solid as a rock. We managed to sail the boat at close to optimum performance for the most time during the race. During sailing upwind we got about eight knots of speed, and during downwind we were flying at a speed of 21 knots. That was astonishing. With me on the boat were new Head of Swan One Design Sport Activities Federico Michetti and famous Croatian alpine ski racer Ivica Kostelic who is now a very keen and passionate sailor and they enjoyed it very much. For me, the best description would be how the ClubSwan 36 allows one to experience extremely fast sailing as an amateur – an experience that is usually reserved exclusively for professionals – and in total safety’, said famous Croatian sailor Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic.