Please select your home edition
Edition
Trident-UK 2012 May

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Day 1

by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda 11 Sep 21:22 BST 9-16 September 2018
ClubSwan50 Fleet on day 1 of the Rolex Swan Cup 2018 © Rolex / Borlenghi

The 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup, which sees 110 Swan yachts from 17 countries racing, got underway today in the waters off Porto Cervo. While the three One Design classes completed windward-leeward races, the rest of the fleet sailed a coastal course of approximately 18 miles. The event is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Nautor's Swan and with the support of title sponsor Rolex.

The fleet had to wait patiently until 2 p.m. for the first group, the Maxi class, to start in a light wind from the north-east which rotated towards the east during the coastal race, followed by each of the other classes at 10-minute intervals. Despite the light air, it is always thrilling to see such a large number of Swans sailing together between the granite rocks of the La Maddalena archipelago, passing through the strait at Bisce island, rounding the Secca Tre Monti rock and the islet of Monaci before heading back to Porto Cervo.

Among the 18 Swans in the Maxi division, the Spanish Swan 80 Plis-Play took the win followed by two Swan 601s, Flow and Lorina 1895. In the 22-boat Grand Prix division victory went to the 45' Coratge ahead of Crilia and Solte, both Swan 53s. First to triumph among the classic Swans designed by Sparkman & Stephens was the Swan 47 Sarabande followed by two Swan 65s: Libelula and Six Jaguar. Worth noting, and exemplifying the unique nature of the Swan Cup, was the presence of Milù, a beautiful Lakeland Terrier, on board the Swan 47 Vanessa which finished sixth today.

On the more technical windward-leeward regatta course the boats waited a little longer for the wind to stabilise. Shortly before 2.30 p.m. the first race for the 12 competing ClubSwan 50s - racing for their first world championship - kicked off, followed by the ClubSwan 42 fleet and the Swan 45s. Among the 50-footers, German boat OneGroup, with tactician Cameron Dunn, took the overall lead with a first and a second place finish in today's races. OneGroup is followed by Mathilde and Ulika.

Among the ClubSwan 42s the top of the overall provisional ranking is all-Italian. With two second places in today's races, Selene Alifax leads the standings by a single point ahead of Mela and Bewild. Gabriele Benussi, tactician on Selene Alifax: "Today the race course was very difficult with a wind rotation to the east that was unstable and spotty. In both races we had very good starts and sailed the boat well, the credit goes to the whole team. We are really pleased, two second places are a great start."

The Swan 45s, also competing for their world championship, saw Germany's Elena Nova, with Sten Mohr calling tactics, take command with a first and a third place putting them at the head of the provisional standings in front of Italian boat Swing Cube and Spain's Porron IX, defending world champion.

Crews will gather in Piazza Azzurra tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. for the daily weather briefing by Quantum Sails. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11.30 a.m. but the forecast light winds could delay the start of racing.

Full results can be found here.

Related Articles

Rolex Swan Cup 2018 overall
This year sees the introduction of a new trophy Contested by a diverse international fleet of 110 yachts from 17 countries encompassing over fifty years of yacht design and heritage, the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup concluded earlier today following a compelling week's sailing. Posted on 16 Sep
Rolex Swan Cup 2018 day 4
Fleet completes Islands Long Race On the penultimate day of racing at the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup, the Islands Long Race saw the entire fleet of 110 Swan yachts from 17 countries cover a distance of 34 miles - 30.4 for the Sparkman & Stephens class Posted on 16 Sep
Rolex Swan Cup 2018 day 3
Ideal conditions for fleet at 20th Rolex Swan Cup The third day of racing at the Rolex Swan Cup welcomed the typical Mediterranean conditions that the Costa Smeralda is famous for the world over: clear skies, sunshine and a light wind that built from just 6 knots in the morning to more than 16 Posted on 15 Sep
Rolex Swan Cup 2018 day 2
Plis-Play and Mela shine in respective classes At the end of the second day the rankings of four of the six classes in the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup see the leading boats separated by just a handful of points, only Plis-Play and Mela emerge as clear leaders in their respective classes. Posted on 13 Sep
Giovanni Pomati appointed new CEO of Nautor's Swan
Mr. Pomati's appointment adds further experience and expertise to the Nautor's Swan team Giovanni Pomati will work closely with Nautor's Swan Group President Leonardo Ferragamo and, supported by Vice-President Enrico Chieffi, will assume global executive responsibility for all of Nautor's activities and companies. Posted on 10 Sep
Rolex Swan Cup 2018 Preview
100+ yacht fleet set for 20th edition at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda It is the largest, and most important, global meeting of Nautor's Swan yachts. The fact that it only takes place once every two years adds even greater allure. Posted on 29 Aug
The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League finale
A record-breaking 37th edition applied extra heat to the finale The class winners of this inaugural four-event competition, which began back in March in Monaco, are: Hendrik Brandis' ClubSwan 50 Earlybird; Luis Senis Segarra's Swan 45 Porron IX and Jose Maria Meseguer's ClubSwan 42 Pez de Abril. Posted on 7 Aug
Copa del Rey MAPFRE overall
Record edition comes to a close on Saturday The biggest ever Copa del Rey closed on Saturday with the tradition prize giving hosted by King Felipe VI and members of the Spanish Royal Family. Posted on 5 Aug
Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 5
Win for Campos. Momo, Beau Geste in the box seats Eleventh Copa del Rey Win for Campos. Momo, Beau Geste in the Box Seats. The Copa del Rey MAPFRE finishes tomorrow. Posted on 3 Aug
Copa del Rey MAPFRE day 4
Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste closing in on the trophy? Fresh from winning The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship, Karl Kwok and Team Beau Geste, guided by tactician Gavin Brady, are on course to make their first visit to the famous Copa del Rey MAPFRE a winning one. Posted on 2 Aug