The new boat will be at the very cutting edge of yacht design and of the burgeoning superyacht racing scene.
The appetite for superyacht racing is such that Nautor, the name behind the famed Swan series of yachts, has announced the largest ever model in its ClubSwan series of semi-production built racing yachts. The move comes after the outstanding success of the one-design ClubSwan 50, which was launched in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. That model achieved phenomenal sales success, with an order book of 17 boats before the prototype had left the factory.
Nevertheless, the ClubSwan 125 is an audacious step that has never been attempted by any boat builder, although Nautor’s long-term relationships with its clients mean we can be sure that they are confident of having sufficient demand. Designed by Juan Kouyoumidjian, this yacht is intended to appeal to knowledgeable, experienced and skilled racing owners looking to take on a new challenge on the racecourse.
The ClubSwan models are built using weight saving carbon construction.
“Each Supermaxi is unique, but few will go as far as the new ClubSwan 125 to merge style and performance,” says Kouyoumidjian. “While below deck you will marvel at the attention to the detail and the space, both of which exemplify the experience of being afloat at its best, at the helm you will be immersed in the sensation of sailing the fastest monohull ever conceived.”
“The heritage of Nautor’s Swan has always been to use its know-how to create something unique and special that seeks to incorporate the future,” says Enrico Chieffi, Nautor’s Swan Vice-President and Director of ClubSwan Yachts. “The ClubSwan 125 is evidence that the yard continues to invest in extending its range – both the established Swan Yachts and the new ClubSwan models.”
The first ClubSwan 125 is scheduled to launch in 2019. It will join a growing number of high-tech racing superyachts that offer superlative accommodation below decks. The latest boats can also be easily converted from a cruising/delivery rig set up to a full Grand-Prix set up, including square top mainsails, giant spinnakers and carbon sails. When racing the top professional crews from the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe and Olympic Games are shipped on board.