Swan 60 Petite Flamme was raced by Team France during the first Nord Stream Race in 2012.
In 2013 Petite Flamme took part in the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship in Cowes and the Rolex Fastnet Race.
For the second edition of the Nord Stream Race 2013, Petite Flamme was crewed by Team Turkey, a team made up of employees from Bosphorus Gas who began sailing just 6 months before the start of the race.
The race became a brilliant team building challange for the crew and Team Turkey onboard Swan 60 Petite Flamme took fourth place in the NSR 2013.
For the third edition of the Nord Stream Race 2014, Petite Flamme was crewed by Team Estonia, skippered by Alar Volmer (EST), an active Star and Dragon Class sailor and past Whitbread Round the World helmsman.
Petite Flamme raced in the the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship in Palma this August and is now in preperations for the 2014 Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia.
Steve Cucchiaro from Boston, USA will be joining the Gazprom Swan 60 this week debuting at the Rolex Swan Cup. Mr Cucchiaro will be helming Swan 60 Petite Flamme after having recently sold his investment management company.
An experienced racer from Marblehead, Mr Cucchiaro sails from Eastern Yacht Club as well as being a member of the New York Yacht Club. A double collegiate All American at MIT and Prince of Wales men’s Match Racing Champion as well as a gold medal Pan-American Champion led to time in the US Olympic Team in the 470 Class.
Mr Cucchiaro spoke about his interest in the Gazprom Swan 60 Class, “I always thought it would be fun to compete in the Rolex Swan Cup someday, Jack Slattery USA, highly recommended the Gazprom Swan 60 Class. We are totally new to this class and event but we have some good sailors and we will give it our best shot, she is beautiful to helm so we will have to see how we go”.
The Petite Flamme crew will include Jack Slattery, pro sailor as tactician and Carl Buchan an Olympic gold medallist will take on the strategist role. Mr Cucchiaro also has experience sailing a Swan 56 at St Bart’s so is looking forward to broadening his Swan racing experience in the Mediterranean.