That Was One Heck of a Refit

The 90-foot Swan Altair, newly rechristened, wins at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

90-foot Nautor's Swan Altair

The 90-foot Swan Altair took first place in the Maxi Racing/Cruising division and won the Swan Maxi Class Trophy at the 2013 Maxi Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The 90-foot Swan Altair took first place in the Maxi Racing/Cruising division and won the Swan Maxi Class Trophy at the 2013 Maxi Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Altair previously was known as Kora 5 until a refit in 2012. Her co-owner, Paolo Scerni, suggested that the refit and rechristening may have given the yacht the extra mojo needed to win.

"It is funny because we came in third with the Swan 90 Kora 5 in 2011, then after her refit last year and newly named as Altair, we came in second, and now this year we have won," Scerni said. "I think Nautor's Swan did a good job on the refit!"

Other sailing yacht owners, take note: A good refit can get you more than new upholstery. It may also get you to the medal stand.

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