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Nautor’s Swan, NYYC announce new class

Nautor’s Swan, NYYC announce new class

Two of the most famous names in sailing, Nautor’s Swan and the New York Yacht Club, announced a partnership for a new international one-design racing class. The result is a 42-foot racing yacht that is tailor-made for one-design racing, can perform well under IRC and can be comfortably cruised offshore.

NYYC Commodore George R. Hinman Jr. and Leonardo Ferragamo, president of Nautor’s Swan, made the announcement in July at the Rolex Swan American Regatta in Newport, R.I. The two parties have joined forces in a rare partnership — a yacht manufacturer and yacht club working together to create a worldwide one-design racing class that will be founded around a light and fast yacht.

“This is the right yacht at the right time for our club members and, it is hoped, for other clubs around the world.” Hinman said. “We needed a first-class one-design yacht with strict limitations on equipment and sail inventory to avoid the “arms race” of owners trying to outdo each other. Essentially, the way it comes from the factory with standard equipment is the way it will be sailed. Now we can all sail on a level playing field, ensuring close and exciting competition.”

Designed by the Frers design team in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan, to specifications developed by the NYYC, the new boat will be competitive at international sailing regattas within open divisions including IRC, and will also provide owners with a comfortable cruising experience for which Swans are renowned, according to organizers.

The class rules will be developed by the NYYC, which will also be initially responsible for administering the class and promoting and running class events.