Swan Sardinia Challenge, to raise the stakes in ClubSwan Racing season
The ClubSwan Racing focus shifts to the magnificent location of Villasimius at the end of May for the Swan Sardinia Challenge, a new location for the race teams competing in The Nations League series at venues across the Mediterranean.
Based in the Marina di Villasimius on the tip of Sardinia's southeast coast, the Swan Sardinia Challenge has attracted a fleet of almost 30 one-design Swan yachts across three classes – the renowned Swan 45s, the ultra-modern ClubSwan 36s and what will be the season's largest gathering of the high-performance ClubSwan 50s – between them flying the flag for at least 12 countries.
“The Swan Sardinia Challenge is a top-level regatta, the second event of The Nations League, a circuit dedicated to Swan One Design," said Renato Marconi, CEO of Marinedi, the owners of Marina di Villasimius.
"At Marinedi Group we are pleased and proud to welcome our involvement in this coveted circuit for the first time in the wonderful waters of Villasimius.
"Marina di Villasimius has hosted the best international classes for years, with the aim of becoming a center of excellence for sailing worldwide, and Swan is now part of that!”
With four days of high-intensity racing to be held in the spectacular setting of the Capo Carbonara Protected Marine Area, the event also offers ClubSwan Racing an ideal opportunity to highlight its sustainable initiatives.
These include the use of robotic marks by MarkSetBot which eliminate damage to the seabed, and ongoing collaborations with the Marevivo environmental group's project to remove plastic from Calasetta Beach.
The Swan Sardinia Challenge – which is co-organised with the Lega Navale Italiana's Villasimius section – will again bring together a highly competitive combination of professional racers and passionate and enthusiastic Corinthian sailors, while the enlarged fleet promises to raise the racing intensity a further notch from last month's Tuscany Challenge.
The ClubSwan 50 fleet in particular has grown with the addition of Norway's Proxflyer and a triple-boost for the German contingent with the arrival of long-standing class member Niramo, and more recent members Olymp and Tango.
"It is great to be joining the ClubSwan Racing party and we are looking forward to the challenge of racing in such a competitive fleet," said Dr. Christian Kilger, owner of ClubSwan 50 Tango.
"Sardinia is our second home and to be sailing in this spectacular marine national park Capo Carbonara with yellow cluster anemones and red gorgonians passing under the hull of our Swan makes this a very special event to be participating in.”