HERITAGE OF CLUBSWAN 36

Since the beginning, Nautor’s Swan has always had a racing DNA.

The fortune of Nautor’s Swan has born with a 36 footer, one of the first few yachts built in fiber-glass. When the Swan 36 arrived on the scene a new datum was set. With her combination of fast lines, incorporating the modern separated fin keel and skeg hung rudder, and her fully fitted interior, she represented one of the very first production racer/cruisers. She was a hit from the start with the delivery of 90 boats in just three years between 1967 and 1970. Her success on the race course in the UK began at Cowes Week in 1968, when Dave Johnson and Michael Hurrell’s Casse Tete II won every one of their races. Elsewhere she was regularly beating , and turning plenty of heads. The Swan style and marque had been born along with a formula that would develop quickly in the years to come, helped in part by the Admiral’s Cup.

After 52 years of the same enthusiasm and belief in innovation, these are still the basic ingredients for creating the ClubSwan 36.

From the sinuous lines of Sparkman and Stephens design, with a deep long keel, wooden elegant features, there has been a long unstoppable evolution towards the sharp minimal design of Juan K.

Whilst constantly striving for the lightest and fastest hull, there have been some great design examples, including the Swan 39 by Ron Holland with a light interior tubular structure, or the Swan 441 by the same designer. These were designed during the years of the IOR regulation and our naval architects were responding with many innovations to deliver the highest performing yachts with great results.

As time moved one and the research continued, Germán Frers arrived in house with his timeless designs, producing sleek elegant yachts for cruising and racing, the deck design became clean and the coach roof long and narrow.

In 2000, thanks to the vision of Mr. Ferragamo, the racing knowledge of world sailing champion and America’s Cup Challenger Enrico Chieffi, and the experience of Mr Frers,Nautor decided to produce the first One Design yacht, the Swan 45. This was a decision to create a class of unique yachts in which talent and not the budget was the first requirement to win a race. All this became reality with the Swan 45 Class, resulting in more than 50 yachts built and competing in many different events worldwide.

In 2006 the success of the Swan 45 was followed by the ClubSwan 42, the first of the new ClubSwan division. This division was created to test the most modern trends in design, materials and solutions, refining technologies that will be used to benefit the cruising models. The ClubSwan 42 was another great success and together with the Swan 45 is still winning in many open regattas.

In 2016 for the 50th anniversary Nautor held a competition and we met Juan Kouyoumdjian. Juan’s revolutionary thinking shocked the traditionalist Nautor, and again thanks to the vision of Mr. Ferragamo we invested in innovation and evolution. This resulted in the ClubSwan 50, which pushed the limits, producing a yacht for pure sailing pleasure at over 20 knots.

In 2018 Nautor’s Swan is taking the next step of bringing an ‘entry-level’ model into the ClubSwan line that will offer innovative solutions – controlling crew size, offering responsive, exhilarating sailing and providing a fresh, turnkey entry into the world of Swan One Design.