Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2018

At least 110 yachts have joined the 20th Rolex Swan Cup, which will be held in Porto Cervo from September 9-16.

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One of the exciting firsts is an inaugural World Championship for the Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed ClubSwan 50 class. Over ten entrants are expected to compete for the first world crown: Hendrik Brandis, owner of Earlybird; German yachts Niramo and Onegroup; Italian yacht Cuordileone, owned and helmed by Nautor’s Swan Chairman Leonardo Ferragamo; and Swiss entry Mathilde, to name a few.

A similar number of yachts are expected to star in the Swan 45 World Championship. German entrant Elena Nova will be a front-runner, having taken the title in 2016 and finished second overall in the season-long Nations Trophy Mediterranean League. She will be up against defending champion Porron IX, from Spain.

The ClubSwan 42 will contest its European Championship, as part of the Rolex Swan Cup programme in Porto Cervo. Having won the title at every edition since 2012, the Romanian-flagged Natalia remains one of the top contenders, together with Spanish entrants Nadir and Pez de Abril, as well as Italy’s Far Star.

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Apart from one-design classes, there will be Swan Maxi, Swan Grand Prix and Sparkman & Stephens Classics divisions. Among the larger Swans expected to feature in September are Swan 90s Nefertiti and White Lie and two 100ft yachts, Muzuni and Varsovie.

And for the oldest registered entrant, Josian, winner of the first Rolex Middle Sea Race in 1968, is one of over 30 classic designs from the famed Sparkman & Stephens studio in New York.

The regatta will also feature Nautor’s Swan’s latest launches, including Haromi, a Swan 78 designed by Germán Frers and launched in May.