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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Swans battle for Swan Maxi Trophy

by Nautor's Swan on 28 Aug 2013
Swan 90S Freya at the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2013 © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
Preparations are underway in Sardinia for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2013, where a fleet of Maxi Swan yachts will battle it out for the exclusive Swan Maxi Trophy, awarded to the best placed Swan yacht at the event.

The prestigious regatta is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in conjunction with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and brings together some of the largest sailing yachts in the world. Taking place from the 1st–7th September in the beautiful Porto Cervo, the event is key in the Maxi calendars.

The Swan yachts will complete the five scheduled days of racing, with Swan 90S Freya, Swan 90 Altair and Swan 90 Nefertiti all competing for the Swan Maxi trophy and the winning title. Swan 90 Solleone will also be present at the event and Swan 601 @robas will be racing this year in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship 2013.

Swan 90 Altair raced in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 following a refit in the Nautor’s yard in Finland. Taking second place in the Maxi Racing/Cruising Class, owner Mr Paolo Scerni is back again this year; 'Together with our crew and sponsor the Robertissima sailing team, headed by my close friend Roberto Tommasini, with whom we have joined forces with for the event, we are very much looking forward to being back in Porto Cervo this year. We are quite excited to see that five Swans will be there, four of which are the latest Swan 90’s. We will definitely do our best, as a team and boat to be competitive.

In preparation, Swan 90 Altair has just had minor fine tunings and has undertaken some great training with Roberto, who will steer the yacht for the duration of the event. Until now, the summer has been quiet for Altair; we have been cruising with her for a couple of weeks with family before getting prepared for MYRC.'

It is not only Altair’s crew who are enthusiastic about the MYRC; racing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for the first time, owner of Swan 90S Freya, Mr Don Macpherson commented; 'I am very excited to participate in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this year. We have been working very hard getting Freya into race mode to compete in this prestigious race. We look forward to racing with our family and friends in the beautiful Porto Cervo. This race is the third regatta we have participated in this year but it will be the most competitive race that Freya has competed in and we are looking forward to joining the fleet of Swan yachts at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.'

After the long days of racing, the evenings ashore will provide plenty of entertainment for the Swan owners and crews, as they can look forward to a welcome reception, exclusive dinners and a crew party in the stunning Italian surroundings.

Once racing is over, Swan 90S Freya will leave Porto Cervo and sail to Monaco to attend the Monaco Yacht Show; there she will be the showcase yacht for Nautor’s Swan. The stunning Swan 90S was built in 2012 and became the 2,000th Swan to leave the yard in Pietarsaari, Nautors Swan 60 Class
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