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Nautor’s Swan has

new one-design 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.

New skipper takes the helm of Sail America

The Sail America Board of Directors appointed Scott H. Evans as executive director of the sailing industry trade association, effective Aug. 1. Evans assumes the post vacated by Scot West, and brings an impressive management background to Sail America, including a decorated 26-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to Sail America President Bill Bolin, the final selection of Evans was based on the candidate’s “tremendous work ethic, hands-on approach, dynamic team building skills and vast knowledge of both private and public sector interests.”

Evans is a senior military officer whose core expertise encompasses operations, personnel management, law enforcement and Homeland Security, strategic alliances, leadership development, aviation and training.

Of special interest, he served three years as chief of the Office of Recreational Boating Safety, and worked directly with Congress, federal agencies, states and U.S. territories, along with boat and equipment manufacturers and more than 300 boating organizations throughout the country. Prior to his retirement, he served as director of the Coast Guard Operations Policy Directorate.

Russell Coutts Web site is launched

The official Russell Coutts Web site, www.russellcoutts.net , was launched recently to update fans and followers on the skipper’s sailing and yachting career.

This regularly updated site will serve as a resource and multimedia archive for both media, and the Kiwi’s followers and supporters around the world. The site is in English, French, Italian and German, and contains frank and up-to-the-moment commentary from Coutts on all his races.

The site will also soon provide details of the sailor’s new design and other projects. Three-time winner of the America’s Cup, Olympic champion and multiple world champion, Coutts is one of the world’s most successful sailors.

Jay Glaser announces new sail loft

Formerly an owner of Danger Sails and Ullman Sails, Inc., Jay Glaser has designed and built sails that have won Olympic medals in the Tornado class, World Championships in the 505, International 14, Tornado and A-Class Catamaran classes among others.

Glaser combines his success as an Olympic silver medalist, twice World Tornado champion, and A Class catamaran North American champion with 30 years of sailmaking experience.

The new Glaser Sails will “combine the latest technology and materials with our affinity for high performance small boats to give our customers the fastest sails and the best service,” says Glaser. His wife, Pease, joins Jay in the Orange County, Calif.-based loft. She is also an Olympic silver medalist in the 470 and an A Class Catamaran North American champion.

For more information call Glaser Sails at (714) 892-6700, or e-mail at jay@glasersails.com or pease@glasersails.com.