ClubSwan 125 sets sail
The new ClubSwan 125 will compete at August’s iconic Rolex Fastnet, which will mark the race debut of a yacht Leonardo Ferragamo describes as “a milestone in the history of yachting”.
Nautor’s Swan has revealed the ClubSwan 125, Skorpios, which is set to compete in several iconic races starting with the Rolex Fastnet Race starting in Cowes on England’s south coast on August 8. Built in Finland, the yacht has a waterline length of 120ft 1in and an overall length of 139ft 10in, with a beam of 28ft 9in and a draught of 24ft 3in with its canting keel.
Leonardo Ferragamo, President of Nautor Group“At Nautor’s Swan, we are very proud of having completed the construction of the ClubSwan 125. This is going to be a milestone in the history of yachting.
“We are grateful to the owner for having entrusted Nautor to build this boat, sharing with us the same values we have of innovation, technology, quality and reliability. The project has been amazing and the opportunity to work together with the greatest boat builders, designers and technicians around the globe, was awe-inspiring.”
Enrico Chieffi, Nautor Group Vice President and CS125 Project Leader, spoke on the boat immediately after the sea trials. “The brief was at first for a very fast super yacht for inshore racing, but as we were developing the project, it changed,” Chieffi said.
“We all realised, the owner at first, this yacht was meant to be a record-breaking machine. And so here we are, the brief has changed, and the boat has been developed to be successful in offshore racing and intending to beat all the monohull records around the world.”
BUILDING ‘THE BEAST’
The ClubSwan 125 is engineered under DNV-GL classification. To achieve her extremely light displacement, the ClubSwan125 is designed with a deep-draught canting keel, reducing weight and increasing righting moment at the same time. The hull, deck and structural parts were all made from state-of-the art carbon fibre prepreg with Nomex and Corecell cores.
To create horizontal and vertical forces at the same time, a rotating C-foil with an asymmetrical profile was developed. This foil provides vertical lift, reducing the boat’s displacement and bringing her into a ‘skimming’ attitude. Equipped with twin rudders, the leeward one is always aligned with water flow, so improving helmsman control in all conditions, including sailing at high speeds.
Juan Kouyoumdjian, the yacht’s naval architect and designer of all current ClubSwan models, said: “Sailing on ClubSwan 125 makes me feel very proud of what we’ve been able to design andbuild. Being part of this project, which is meant to write a new page in sailing history, is very rewarding. I’ve been able to work with the most brilliant professionals and we learnt a lot from each other.”
Giovanni Pomati, CEO of Nautor Group, said seeing the ClubSwan 125 leave Swan’s Boatbuilding Technology Centre (BTC) in Pietarsaari left him proud but emotional.“The ClubSwan 125 has really been an exciting project here in Finland and for sure it now leaves a void in our lives because we had not one day without excitement dealing with, what we like to call, ‘this beast’,” Pomati said.
“This yacht represents a collection of extraordinary competences coming from all over the world concentrated here at own shipyard at Nautor. For a yacht of such technology and performance to have been entirely built here in our facility makes us very proud and allowed us to push our limits to the extreme to create something great.” http://www.nautorswan.com
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