The 2022 Rolex Swan Cup signed-off in style on Sunday with deciding races across all the classes settling the final positions after a week of intense but friendly racing.

Teams competing in the four ClubSwan One-Design classes settled matters with two closely fought windward-leeward races, while the varied and diverse 56-strong fleet of Swans taking part in the Rating classes took on a long coastal race around the La Maddalena archipelago, taking in the islands of Santo Stefano, Caprera and La Maddalena itself.

The level of competition across all classes was self-evident, from the Maxi Rating class of 100ft-plus racers, through the one-design classes and all the way to the 22-strong Swan Grand Prix class and the Classic S&S division including the Swan 36 Josian, the smallest yacht taking part.





Freya wins Maxi class ahead of Plis-Play and new ClubSwan 80 My Song

Nowhere was the competitive element clearer than in the Rating classes, and no more so than in the Maxi class where the Swan 90 Freya took the class on countback from Vincente Torres' Swan 80 Plis-Play, both edging out Pierluigi Loro Piana's brand new ClubSwan 80 My Song.

“The first two races were in lighter winds, and we came 3rd and 3rd,” said Freya's owner Donald Macpherson. “In the stronger wind yesterday we finished first, and today Plis-Play was ahead of us to start with, but the breeze built and we gained on him and ultimately overtook him, so we are very, very happy.”

And he added: “Success in sailing, the Rolex Swan Cup, Porto Cervo, the YCCS – there's nothing better. We are absolutely thrilled and so happy.”

Swan 601s top Mini Maxi table as Italian trio take over Classic S&S podium and Germany takes Grand Prix pole

The podium in the Mini Maxi class was closed out by a trio of Swan 601s, with Stephen Cucchiaro's Flow taking a clean sweep of four victories to win ahead of Arobas and Les Amis.

In the Classic S&S Class Vincenzo Onorato's 1974 Swan 38 Mascalzone Latino XXXIII finished a point ahead of fellow Italian Giuseppe's Swan 65 Shirlaf, with the Swan 36 Josian – also flying the tricolour of Italy – completing the podium.

Josian was also awarded with the prestigious Rod Stephens Swan Challenge Trophy for the best-performing original set-up S&S Swan.

In the large Swan Grand Prix class Germany's Swan 53 Crilia, owned by Dr Heinz Gerd and Dr Christoph Stein, was a clear winner 10 points ahead of Shahid Hamid's Swan 58 OM II and Jan Oplander's Swan 54 Katima.






Freya wins Maxi class ahead of Plis-Play and new ClubSwan 80 My Song

Nowhere was the competitive element clearer than in the Rating classes, and no more so than in the Maxi class where the Swan 90 Freya took the class on countback from Vincente Torres' Swan 80 Plis-Play, both edging out Pierluigi Loro Piana's brand new ClubSwan 80 My Song.

“The first two races were in lighter winds, and we came 3rd and 3rd,” said Freya's owner Donald Macpherson. “In the stronger wind yesterday we finished first, and today Plis-Play was ahead of us to start with, but the breeze built and we gained on him and ultimately overtook him, so we are very, very happy.”

And he added: “Success in sailing, the Rolex Swan Cup, Porto Cervo, the YCCS – there's nothing better. We are absolutely thrilled and so happy.”

Swan 601s top Mini Maxi table as Italian trio take over Classic S&S podium and Germany takes Grand Prix pole

The podium in the Mini Maxi class was closed out by a trio of Swan 601s, with Stephen Cucchiaro's Flow taking a clean sweep of four victories to win ahead of Arobas and Les Amis.

In the Classic S&S Class Vincenzo Onorato's 1974 Swan 38 Mascalzone Latino XXXIII finished a point ahead of fellow Italian Giuseppe's Swan 65 Shirlaf, with the Swan 36 Josian – also flying the tricolour of Italy – completing the podium.

Josian was also awarded with the prestigious Rod Stephens Swan Challenge Trophy for the best-performing original set-up S&S Swan.

In the large Swan Grand Prix class Germany's Swan 53 Crilia, owned by Dr Heinz Gerd and Dr Christoph Stein, was a clear winner 10 points ahead of Shahid Hamid's Swan 58 OM II and Jan Oplander's Swan 54 Katima.





Blue Sky's winning streak to Swan 45 success

Meanwhile Claudio Terrieri's Blue Sky posted five consecutive bullets to establish an unassailable lead in the Swan 45 class in front of Georgios Petrochilos' Ex Officio and Stefano Masi's Ulika.

However it wasn't as clear cut as it looked said Terrieri: “It's wonderful to win here in Porto Cervo in amazing conditions. We did a lot of jobs during the year to improve the boat speed and we arrived here with some new tuning and new sails, and the upwind speed was the difference between us and the other boats.

“The crew worked very, very well, and if you look at the results it looks easy, but it was a tight competition – we were never running away and we were always under pressure. It was difficult, but we were consistent and maybe that was the difference in the end.”

Germany repeats The Nations League success

The performance of yachts – including the ClubSwan 50s Hatari and Earlybird – helped Germany to the top of The Nations League 2022 table, repeating their success of last year. Italy again took second place, with Monaco completing the podium after edging out Austria and Belgium, who finished only a point apart after the season-long competition concluded in Porto Cervo.

Nautor Swan promise 'something spectacular' for 2023

Highlights of the exclusive social events during the week included the Owners' Dinner at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event co-organiser alongside Nautor Swan, with a spectacular light show performance and limited-edition gifts for the owners by Salvatore Ferragamo, the Rolex Dinner Party at the refined Colonna Pevero Hotel, and the Final Prize Giving in the YCCS Regatta Village.

Speaking at the prize giving Nautor Swan Chairman Leonardo Ferragamo said: “I really want to thank so many people for making this week so spectacular, another milestone in the history of this great cooperation between Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Rolex and Nautor Swan which has run for well over 40 years. It is the people behind the scenes that really make this event happen. Thank you so much everyone.”

And he added, to applause: “So many of you have said 'why do we have to wait two years before getting together again in this great event?' So, we have received the message and it's become an objective of ours to work on proposing something spectacular for the Grand Prix and the Maxi Swan yachts during the course of next year.”

The Rolex Swan Cup marks the conclusion of the 2022 Swan One Design season, though the ClubSwan 36s will compete in their own European Championships in Croatia next month.

The full season kicked-off at the Swan Tuscany Challenge back in April, with the focus then switching to the Swan Sardinia Challenge at the end of May. The Swan One Design Worlds followed in July, with Valencia the host port, before the iconic Copa Del Rey in Palma set the scene for the Rolex Swan Cup finale.

The Nations League 2022

26-30 April: Swan Tuscany Challenge
31 May-4 June: Swan Sardinia Challenge
5-9 July: Swan One Design Worlds
1-6 August: Copa del Rey
11-18 September: Rolex Swan Cup
4-8 October: ClubSwan 36 Europeans
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