Nautor's Swan Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Published: Tuesday, 05 July 2016
Finnish company Nautor’s Swan celebrated its 50th anniversary at the backdrop of its yard in Jakobstad with over 600 visitors June 2.
(Photos: Nautor's Swan)
The past found new life through the refit of the first Swan dating back to 1966 when Pekka Koskenkylä founded Nautor’s and built the Swan 36 Tarantella out of glass fibre, which was then an innovative material. She underwent a masterful refit to provide the same emotions that contributed to the myth that is Swan today.
The celebration also showcased many novelties that Nautor’s Swan has in store. The new ClubSwan 50 was unveiled. This acts as a symbol of the 50 years of Nautor’s Swan and defines the yard’s penchant for innovative, exclusive and highly performing projects.
North Sails donated a new gennaker that will fly at the coming regattas: the Oras Swan Turku 50th anniversary Regatta and the Rolex Swan Cup that will be held in Porto Cervo in Italy from Sept 12-18.
“This anniversary is the perfect moment to look at our future, taking inspiration from our glorious heritage and its core values that are still fundamental to our company: heritage, craftsmanship, excellence and expertise,” says Palazzo Feroni Finanziaria CEO Leonardo Ferragamo. “There is one common factor that ties Tarantella and the new ClubSwan 50 together and that is the values of the people who have built them. The original craftsmen who have restored Tarantella and the team who has produced the miracle that is the ClubSwan 50. Everybody who has taken part in these achievements needs a big round of applause. Something that has struck me so powerfully was the restoration of Tarantella by the people who produced her 50 years ago. They came forward voluntarily this year, and asked to restore her to original beauty. This is something amazing and tells you so much of the spirit, the passion, the skills that we have in our company. These people mean a lot to us and they give a great leading example to the new generation. This is why me and everyone are so attached to this special place, where we enjoy these kind of values, where we enjoy these skills, where we enjoy a great respect and cooperation from the local authorities who are keen for our business to succeed.”
BMW was a special partner of the event with six of its newest models.
In addition to the ClubSwan 50, the yard launched two new flagships of the Swan 115 series (the third will be delivered in November) and the new blue water cruiser, the Swan 54. Nautor is beginning to create the new Swan 78 and is designing other models soon to be announced.