13 July 2013
The inaugural Gazprom Swan 60 World Championships will take place this year during the 2013 Gazprom Swan European Regatta in Cowes, UK. Taking place between the 13 – 19 July, the regatta is set to be as competitive as ever.
The Gazprom Swan European Regatta is a biennial yachting event hosted by Nautor’s Swan on the waters of the UK’s Solent. The European Swan fleet heads to the shores of Cowes, Isle of Wight every two years to experience close racing afloat and friendly nights ashore.
The Gazprom Swan European Regatta consists of long distance coastal racing, supporting an intimate set of entries where owners are focused on getting the most out of their south coast UK racing.
Over 30 prizes are due to be handed out daily as well as overall placing which will be presented at a number of different evening prize giving events. At the top of every Swan owner and race crew’s list will be claiming a Nautor’s Swan trophy as their own. The silver ware is not exclusively reserved for those at the top of the results board, with Nautor’s Swan also seeking out the Smartest Crew, Youngest Crew, Farthest Travelled Boat and Most Distinguished Swan, providing a wealth of opportunities for all levels of talent.
This year there are over 40 Swans entered, spanning seven nationalities.
There are five Swan 60s entered into the inagural Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship.
Swan 60 Bronenosec
Swan 60 SGM
Swan 60 Spirit of Europe
Swan 60 Petite Flamme
Swan 60 Tsaar Peter
Swan 60 Bronenosec will be raced by a mainly Russian and Italian crew of professional sailors including Tommaso Chieffi and Adrian Stead. The experienced crew took first place in the Nord Stream Race at the end of 2012 and claimed the first event win of the Gazprom Swan 60 Class Circuit 2013 during the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta.
Swan 60 SGM is sailed by the German Offshore Challenger team who have been selected via a nationwide sailing project. The project aims to introduce ambitious sailors to offshore sailing under the guidance of experienced regatta sailors and to establish a successful offshore crew.
Swan 60 Spirit of Europe will be chartered by Sir Peter Ogden and renamed Knights of Crevichon for the event. With a high profile crew including sailors such as America’s Cup competitor Brad Butterworth and Ian Budgen, one of the UKs top professional sailors, they will bring some serious competition to the event.
Swan 60 Petite Flamme is led by Russian Sailor Dmitry Samokhin – more information to follow.
Swan 60 Tsaar Peter – more information to follow.