Building on the success of its three previous one-design racing models—the Swan 45, the Club Swan 42, and the Gazprom Swan 60—Nautor’s Swan has introduced yet another one-design performance boat that ups the ante in terms of both performance and style. The new ClubSwan 50 is the result of an impressive development program that saw three different prototype boats built and sailed extensively before the final production design was set in stone. The goal was a strict one-design, owner-driver racing class that would promote and sustain high-end international Corinthian sailing competition.
Designed by the renowned Juan Kouyoumdjian, the ClubSwan 50 boasts pre-preg carbon construction, a sexy low-freeboard hull with a dramatic reverse destroyer bow, an integral bowsprit, reverse sheer, distinctive chines and concave aft sections with lots of topside flare. Our judges were also impressed with the boat’s interior, which is surprisingly open and inviting, thanks to the fact the carbon mast is deck-stepped and supported underneath by a massive carbon beam. The highly attractive modern furniture is not only all carbon-skinned foam finished with teak and leather, but modular to allow for easy conversions from cruising to racing mode. The owner’s stateroom forward, for example, becomes a commodious sail locker, while the stylish settees become over-and-under racing berths.
Not surprisingly, the deck layout is equally well considered, with the efficiencies of performance sailing neatly balanced against the needs of short-handed convenience. The end result is a genuine go-fast race boat that combines stunning looks with luxurious appointments. clubswan50.com