Sweet… Club Swan 42 = GKSS 42?

I går kväll var Nautor, med Enrico Chieffi (Vice President of Marketing and Sales) och Olli Niemen (Yacht Manager CS42) i spetsen på GKSS för att prata om Club Swan 42. Man besökte KDY (Köpenhamn) i onsdags, och skall sedan vidare till Hamburg, KNS (Oslo), Monaco, KSSS, SDYC (San Diego), St Francis (San Francisco), Chicago och London. Bara de finaste klubbarna!

Båten är det inget fel på, bra specar, polarer och uppenbarligen helt OK inom IRC (man vann sin klass i Key West med Ken Read vid rodret). €480.000 (inkl segel och elektronik) är inte våldsamt och andrahandsvärdet borde vara kanon. Men det som är intressant är att man har funderat igenom hela konceptet kring hur man skulle vilja segla inom och mellan klubbar.

Ägaren måste styra och man får inte betala någon i besättningen. Begränsning i antalet nya segel och en snygg och enkel konvertering mellan cruise- och race-mode.

Man har sålt ~30 båtar (21 till USA, 4 till japan och 5 i norra Europa). Man hoppas se 20+ båtar i vår region under 2008. Man har kapacitet att bygga 36 båtar per år (lika många som alla andra Swan-modeller tillsammans) och inom ett par veckor kör det första entypsracet i NY.

Visst har vi killar och tjejer på GKSS som skulle kunna sätta Göteborg på kartan när det gäller “riktig kappsegling”? Finn Johnsson, Peter Hjörne, Lennart Svantesson och många fler skulle göra sig mycket bra i en Club Swan 4-5 båtar vore inte omöjligt 2008. Ta sedan och utmana KNS, KNY och KSSS. Vinnande laget får äka till Newport och köra mot NYYC!

Dags att lämna styrelserummen och visa att GKSS är på!

The Club Swan 42 evolved through a pioneering partnership between the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and Nautor’s Swan. In spring 2005, NYYC announced a design competition to produce a new one-design for club members, a yacht to satisfy both racing and cruising needs. The yacht had to be modern, fast and competitive with all the latest technology, but at the same time offering the possibility of comfortable cruising. The Nautor’s Swan / German Frers collaboration proved a winning combination. NYYC has a long history of club boats, with the Club Swan 42 becoming the ninth NYYC One-Design since 1900.

Nautor’s Swan is fully committed to growing the class by introducing the concept to premier yacht clubs around the world.

The Class
Through the Club Swan 42, NYYC sought to create a truly Corinthian class to be contested by owner-drivers and predominantly amateur crews. The yacht and the Class Rules were developed to foster high level sailing and high performance competition in a strictly controlled one-design environment. The Class Rules are made by the strong class association, governed by NYYC and all other Clubs were the yacht is sailed. As well as one-design racing, the Club Swan is competitive at international sailing regattas within open divisions including IRC.

To preserve the true one design nature of the yacht, and ensure equal performance potential, the Class Rules control performance characteristics. There are limitations on the number of professional sailors allowed on board during one-design racing, on the number of sails and the way they are manufactured, and on the modifications of internal and external equipment that are allowed. The yacht comes from the yard in Finland with standard equipment in the way she will be sailed.

Design & Construction
The Club Swan 42 is a unique “offshore racer cruiser”, light and extremely fast. The guiding principles behind the Club Swan 42 project were excellent performance, comfortable cruising, first-rate quality, exceptional construction ensuring total reliability and good looks. The vision was also one of longevity with expectations that the model will be racing competitively for decades to come. The Frers design team also had to consider that as well as one-design racing, the yacht had to be able to win races even under the widely adopted IRC handicap rule, giving an additional spice to the design process.

The yacht is built under a strictly controlled construction process, guaranteeing that every yacht is delivered in exactly the same condition. Specific emphasis is put on weight control to ensure equal performance characteristics. All major parts of the yacht are weighed separately during the building process and, once completed, each yacht is weighed at the yard in full One-Design condition before delivery.

The end result is a light displacement yacht with a large ballast ratio and proper sail area ensuring excellent performance. The large ballast ratio provides good stability for the yacht and, together with the generous interior volume, contributes to comfortable cruising.

With its modern construction technique and clean design, this yacht is unlike any other in the history of Swan.

The Frers design team reviewed a number of successful hulls, taking away key learnings and combining them with their own vision for the yacht. Using the Frers VPP and Race Simulation Programmes, the team devised the most efficient hull for the latest generation of performance yachts.

The hull and deck are a sandwich construction, of infusion moulded E-Glass / vinylester laminate, with carbon fibre reinforcements in selected areas. The material lay up provides high fore and aft stiffness for better performance, rig control and durability. Also contributing to the rigidity of the yacht is the bottom stiffener, which is infusion moulded in one piece. The production technique ensures laminates and weights are consistent from one yacht to another.

The Club Swan 42 has a T-shaped keel which is of composite construction with a fin of high-tensile steel and a 3.2 ton lead bulb at 2.7m below water line. Both the keel, and the rudder blade have been designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis, to ensure optimal foil shapes. The rudder’s dynamics are designed to give sensitivity and to be user friendly for the “Owner Driver rule”.

The Deck
The deck of the Club Swan 42 has been designed using the experience gained from the Swan 45 class. Nautor, together with NYYC and Frers design office, also formed a group of experts with substantial knowledge of sailing on various yachts of the same size, in order to specify the right deck gear in the right place. The result was several custom made details specially developed for the Club Swan 42.

Simplicity and functionality were important factors when planning the layout, allowing ease of handling while both racing and cruising. The deck surface is non-slip to facilitate faster movement around the yacht. Sail and rig controls all lead to the cockpit, reducing the need to operate on the fore deck. The large open cockpit offers ample space for a crew of 9-10 people to operate the boat in one-design racing. The two wheels on the Club Swan 42 enable excellent visibility, optimum gear ratio and more room for the crew to manoeuvre.

Wide side decks allow plenty of space for handling and trimming the sails and a relatively small coachroof gives ample headroom below whilst minimising any impediment to tacking.

The carbon fibre mast has swept-back double spreaders, a permanent backstay and no runners providing ease of handling whether racing or cruising. The big roached full batten mainsail and the non-overlapping 106% low-cut jib have both been designed to provide maximum power for racing, but at the same time having the main sail fully battened and the jib on a furler ensures easy handling when cruising. The yacht is also equipped with a retractable carbon fibre bowsprit allowing the use of an asymmetrical gennaker. The furler is recessed with control lines led under the deck and it comes with a dual groove foil, taking away the need for constantly changing between racing and cruising foils.

Interior Design
The interior offers the high level of comfort that Nautor’s Swan is renowned for, whether at anchor or at sea. Nautor’s Swan have created a modern, minimalist feel with a light and airy atmosphere.

The interior arrangement is based on a well proven three cabin layout. Accommodation on the yacht, and areas such as the galley and the navigation station have all been meticulously planned to maximise space and provide clever alternatives depending on whether the yacht is in racing or cruising mode.