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The Swan 60 has proved to be one of today's more discrete yet highly successful dual-purpose yachts

There are few marine brands that simultaneously conjure up style, quality, comfort and performance like Nautor Swan. For over half a century Swan have in every sense been delivering value to their owners, whether it’s racing, cruising or, most commonly, a combination of both, in ways that have made the dozens of designs built by this Finnish company symbolic of a timeless style of yachting.

Main picture: The Swan 60 has been an exemplary member of the Nautor dynasty, offering a spacious and elegant large yacht with good sailing performance plus the opportunity to compete in a strong class of boats that continues to prove fertile hunting ground for America’s Cup and Volvo Race refugees – as well as a good quota of Olympic sailors now moving into the offshore arena… albeit with the benefit of a well above average degree of luxury! And why not, all those years in the gym have to count for something…

Many of the world’s best naval architects have contributed experience and expertise to Swan yachts, as they each work to capture a unique balance of style, grace and functionality rarely found in other production builders. Meanwhile, uncompromising attention to detail in build quality allows the yachts to be actively enjoyed for decades rather than years.

Another value to Swan ownership is a professionally managed schedule of racing and cruising events tailored to cater to the high standards expected from Swan customers. Located in some of the most beautiful sailing venues in the world, Swan regattas are rarely less than memorable events!

One of the most successful of current-generation Swans is the Swan 60 designed by Frers. Nautor’s use of some of the best technology in carbon construction, with Sprint/pre-preg carbon fibre being carefully bonded to Corecell produces a combination of structural strength and light weight that gives the yacht the feel, sailing balance and performance of a race boat with the interior and exterior features needed to deliver Swan’s signature standards of luxury.

This duality in performance and comfort was tested in battle during numerous past editions of the Nord Stream Race, where a fleet of Swan 60s raced in the Baltic covering more than 1,000 miles at each event. The Baltic can kick up serious conditions and the Swan 60s have handled all that was thrown at them over the past five years. A professionally maintained fleet of six boats sailed by top teams competed both around the buoys and in long offshore legs between Baltic venues.

Swan 60s have also ventured further west and south to participate in other classic races including the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Copa del Rey and the Rolex Giraglia, Middle Sea and Fastnet races. Throughout these tours the Swan 60s delivered competitive results across mixed fleets as well as great inter-Swan competition, with numerous Rolex watches awarded to Swan 60 owners such as Vladimir Liubomirov on his well known Swan 60 Bronenosec.

‘Since 2012 I have competed in many regattas with my Swan 60, we have entered a variety of inshore and offshore events under the IRC and ORC rating systems and as part of the Swan 60 class fleet itself,’ says Liubomirov. ‘The boat has always been competitive and we have collected numerous awards in some very prestigious regattas. The boat is fast, fun and easy to sail and when not on the racecourse she has proved the perfect cruiser for my family,’ he adds.

The race success of Bronenosec is made all the more remarkable by the fact that these yachts are quickly convertible from fully crewed raceboat to a shorthanded cruising configuration with push-button sail and rigging controls, bow thruster, swim platform, dinghy garage and a cruising interior with three ensuite cabins. This yacht therefore epitomises the genuine luxury racer-cruiser, in keeping with its strong heritage as a Nautor Swan.

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