BY APB Staff on 22 Jul 2021

The new foil-assisted flagship from Finnish builder is designed to break offshore sailing speed records

Celebrated Finnish builder Nautor’s Swan is to present the ClubSwan 125, the new flagship of the ClubSwan racing yacht range, at the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race. The supermaxi named Skorpios will likely be the fastest sailing yacht that Nautor’s Swan has ever built.

The biennial Fastnet Race, which is organised by the UK’s Royal Ocean Racing Club departs the UK to arrive in France for the first time ever on August 8. Some 453 yachts are taking part in the world’s largest and most diverse offshore fleet.

The well-established ClubSwan racing yacht range represents some of the finest performance One-Design racing available, and the 125 is designed to break offshore sailing speed records.

“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.” Leonardo Ferragamo, Nautor Group President says.

“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, adds that the initial brief was at first for “a very fast superyacht for inshore racing,” but this changed as the project developed. “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 intends to beat all the monohull records around the world.”

The ClubSwan 125 is engineered under DNV-GL classification and fitted out with high-tech equipment.

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, while 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 unique rotating C-foil, with an asymmetrical profile, has been 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 and therefore optimising helmsman control in all conditions, including sailing at very high speeds.

“Sailing on ClubSwan 125 makes me feel very proud of what we’ve been able to design and build.” says the project’s naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian. “Being part of this project, which is meant to write a new page in sailing history is something very rewarding. I’ve been able to work with the most brilliant professionals and we learnt a lot from each other.”

“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’,” adds Nautor Group CEO Giovanni Pomati.