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Bringing together the Swan Classics

Published on March 21st, 2018

The Swan Classic by Frers Association has been formed to gather together owners and enthusiasts who sail the yachts designed in the 80s by Argentine naval architect German Frers.

Frers left his mark and his signature elegance on dozens of racing and cruising yachts. He was the one to define those models that have come to be considered classics because they have the proportions and characteristics of an era that gave birth to the yachts that, even today, are still featured at the top of many wish lists. In some cases they’ve even become objects with real cult status.

The Association is headquartered in London at the behest of Marietta Strasoldo – owner of the Swan 651 Lunz am Meer, which has featured in numerous races – and is modelled on a similar initiative created a few years ago for boats designed by Sparkman & Stephens and produced by Nautor, which has become an exemplary standard.

“We already have many friends nearby who, like us, are owners of German Frers’ boats and who felt the need to share their passion for these special, unique boats,” declared the founder. “The current objective is to gather together as many of them as possible and to define, within the context of the existing races, the classifications dedicated to these vessels and possibly to create some new event.”

The Nautor’s Swan shipyard has pledged its support for the initiative that lends itself to promoting their lifelong vocation for creating a large family of yacht owners who share a passion for the brand and for sailing. It’s no coincidence that the Swan Cup is one of the most entertaining and most watched races, and that it was the first organized for clients of a single shipyard.

The models chosen were designed in the eighties and little after and represent a period of special success for Nautor, which was established in those years as the shipyard that was producing with maximum style and the highest quality. Over 350 of these boats are currently sailing and it can be said that some if not all of these designs have marked a decisive progress in yachting, becoming the most frequently imitated.

The full site dedicated to the association will be on line at the end of November. Owners’ membership inscriptions are already open at www.swanclassicbyfrers.org

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