by Cailah Leask
Swan European Regatta 2011 hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, will take place from 9th July to 15th July in the UK at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Silveren Swaen in Solent Style Strong Winds - Swan European Regatta
The 15th edition of the regatta will welcome a total of 46 Swan yachts from eight nations competing across four separate classes. Racing will all be located in the Solent which has a reputation for its testing tidal conditions.
Swan 53, Silveren Swaen, is on her way to Cowes this week with one aim of taking top position after finishing second at their last Swan European Regatta and to then take time after the regatta to enjoy some cruising comforts.
Mr Bakker, Owner, Silveren Swaen, ‘we are aiming to continue our winning streak from the Rolex Swan Cup last year at Porto Cervo into 2011 on UK waters with Silveren Swaen. Having taken second place at the 2009 Swan European Regatta previously, a first place this year is definitely a priority for myself and the team.
We have updated our sail inventory in preparation and made a few modifications to the Swan 53 in order to maximise her performance at Cowes.
I have chosen to race with the same core crew as they really understand the Swan characteristics under race conditions. I am also looking forward to some family cruising around the UK with after the regatta to enjoy time on board Silveren Swaen away from the race circuit.’
Enrico Chieffi, Managing Director of Nautor’s Swan commented, ‘It will be a great pleasure to see so many familiar faces in the Swan Family during the 15th edition of the Swan European Regatta. We are all anxious to see which Swan yachts will be inducted in this regatta’s Hall of Fame at the end of a week’s Solent racing.
It is always a privilege at Cowes to see older models from past Swan Lines so beautifully restored and still in top pedigree condition racing against the likes of the newer modern designs all with the same synonymous style of Nautor’s Swan.’
The first day of Swan European Regatta racing commences on Monday, July 11 with the final prize giving on Friday, July 15. With 30 prizes to win, competition will be on the cards to secure beautifully crafted silverware.
Nautor's Swan website