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Swan family gathers for World Titles

Published on July 4th, 2022

The Spanish port city of Valencia will host the 2022 Swan One Design Worlds, with titles for three one-design classes – ClubSwan 36, ClubSwan 42, and ClubSwan 50 – on July 6-9. ClubSwan is the high-performance division for Nautor’s Swan, and these boats are long ways away from the classic offshore yachts first built by the Finnish builder when founded in 1966.

In the nine-boat ClubSwan 42 class, the owners have agreed to give special importance to crew who are either female, under 26, or direct family members, in a bid to enhance the class’ Corinthian spirit.

For French entry Raving Swan, owner Jerome Stubler races alongside sons Hugo and Oscar as well as family friends and his wife Nathalie and daughter with a largely Corinthian crew. Nevertheless, the Raving Swan team put in a consistent performance in 2021 to win the ClubSwan 42 World Championship on their debut.

“We’ve got a lot to live up to after last year, but we are looking forward to the challenge and renewing our friendly rivalry with the other 42s,” said Stubler.

The largest class at the Worlds is the 16-boat ClubSwan 50 class which includes the Tenaz team led by Spanish owner Pablo Garriga, a committed racing sailor and Commodore of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.

For the newest class, the innovative high performance ClubSwan 36 has nine entries. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, this innovative boat has a skinny, high aspect ratio keel fin and a giant single C-foil that are efficient upwind and promote planning downwind.

The ten race series has attracted teams from fifteen nations.

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