Nautor’s Swan is hoisting flags at Cowes, Isle of Wight, marking the final lead up to the Swan European Regatta, running 9 – 15 July. 2011 marks the 15th edition for one of Swan’s flagship events. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the regatta has attracted a number of international entries from 8 different nations.
46 Swans will participate across four Classes; A, B, C and the Swan 45 Class. Racing will all be located in the Solent which has a reputation for its testing tidal conditions. The Royal Yacht Squadron will be hosting this year’s Swan European Regatta in conjunction with Nautor’s Swan. Founded back in 1851 and steeped in sailing history, the Squadron is known as one of the world’s most famous Yacht Clubs, inside the stunning setting of Cowes Castle.
Swan 53, Silveren Swaen, is on her way to Cowes this week with one aim of taking top position after finishing 2nd at their last Swan European Regatta and to then take time after the regatta to enjoy some cruising comforts.
Mr Bakker, Owner, Silveren Swaen, ‘we are aiming to continue our winning streak from the Rolex Swan Cup last year at Porto Cervo into 2011 on UK waters with Silveren Swaen. Having taken 2nd place at the 2009 Swan European Regatta previously, a first place this year is definitely a priority for myself and the team. We have updated our sail inventory in preparation and made a few modifications to the Swan 53 in order to maximise her performance at Cowes. I have chosen to race with the same core crew as they really understand the Swan characteristics under race conditions. I am also looking forward to some family cruising around the UK with after the regatta to enjoy time on board Silveren Swaen away from the race circuit.’
Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, ‘It will be a great pleasure to see so many familiar faces in the Swan Family during the 15th edition of the Swan European Regatta. We are all anxious to see which Swan yachts will be inducted in this regatta’s Hall of Fame at the end of a week’s Solent racing. It is always a privilege at Cowes to see older models from past SwanLines so beautifully restored and still in top pedigree condition racing against the likes of the newer modern designs all with the same synonymous style of Nautor’s Swan.’
The first day of Swan European Regatta racing commences on Monday, July 11 with the final prize giving on Friday, July 15.