Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the specially invited guests for the christening and launch of the ClubSwan 80 My Song in June. Any rain in future forecasts won’t dampen the spirits of the owner, either. He’s intent on competing in international regattas, including some of the world’s most famous races. Equally important, he’s intent on enjoying summers in the Med in a little extra luxury.
While the project is unquestionably a performance yacht, pure performers are a tough sell for the majority of sailing enthusiasts. Nautor’s Swan naturally wants the ClubSwan 80 series to attract more customers and therefore spur more launches. So, right from the start, the shipyard conceived her as a cruiser, too. In fact, during her launch party, Mario Pedol of Nauta Design referred to her “second life” as a pleasure yacht. He pointed out how everything from the furnishings (above) to the galley equipment slips into place when she leaves the racing circuit. Out on deck, meanwhile, her bowsprit retracts.
As you catch glimpses of the interior and see her going through sea trials in this video, further keep in mind that the ClubSwan 80 is especially for owner-operators. This applies regardless of whether the yacht is racing or cruising. Of course, crew accommodations are still aboard. However, short-handed sailing is the order of the day.
Since the owner intends to be a podium-topper at races, he’s wasting no time in putting her to the test. The ClubSwan 80 My Song will participate in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia in early September. Additionally, the first day of the race, further guests will get a private tour of the yacht at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, courtesy of the build and design teams.
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