The new Swan 80, an impressive cruiser/racer from venerable British builder, has taken to the seas. The guiding principles for Swan when approaching this build were to produce a high-performance sailing yacht that would be fast across the finish line and across the ocean, while still ensuring the vessel was easy to sail, with a high level of comfort and luxury. Swan offers three layout options for the 80 — the owners cabin can be situated aft, forward, or — in the four-cabin layout — eliminated altogether. In all three designs the crew quarters are located forward, and a full-beam salon is located just forward of amidships. Below, the main entertainment area features a dining table for eight to port, a settee and coffee table to starboard and ample natural light thanks to four interior windows, deck hatches and coaming ports. Topside there are two cockpits in which to enjoy the fresh air — the aft cockpit situated behind the steering positions which has room for relaxing in the sun, and a second cockpit amidships with a semi-permanent table and access to the main companionway.