Last Sunday, at the completion of the Swan 42 U.S. Nationals, four of our Swan 42s scrambled to ready their boats for shipment to the Med. Aboard Sevenstar’s “Egelantiersgracht”, homeport Amsterdam, “Cuordileone” owned by Leonardo Ferragamo, will be heading back to her home country of Italy for the spectacular Rolex Swan Cup held at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Joining her are Ken Colburn’s “Apparition” (MA), Phil Lotz’s “Arethusa” (FL), and Charles Kenahan’s “Mahalo” (MA). This is a first time for all of these US owners at the Rolex Swan Cup and the first time they have sailed in the waters of the Med. They bring a great deal of talent with them. Lotz and Colburn are both two-time U.S. Nationals champions and Lotz skippered the NYYC entry to a first place finish in the 2009 Invitational Cup. Kenahan, one of the newest members of the Class, has come off of a recent win at the NYYC’s 159th Annual Regatta.
For Phil Lotz, he has competed in team races in England with various one-design boats, but not the Swan 42. His wife, Wendy, and son, Douglas, are part of the regular crew. “This is supposed to be one of the best regattas in the world at one of the best venues, so expectations are high – good sailing, great venue and good food! I am looking forward to meeting owners from Europe and the experience of sailing in Sardinia.”
Kenahan will be joined by his wife, Carla, and nine-year old son, Luke; both are consistent attendees at a number of regattas. As for Kenahan’s goals, “As always, I will aim to be on the podium. I will enjoy meeting the European owners and hope to convince more of them to come to the US and sail one design.”
Colburn said he and his wife Ginny, who sails with him on "Apparition", are looking forward to competing at RSC and Les Voiles to St. Tropez as racing in the Med is a “bucket list” item for them. Their daughter, Liz, will also be part of the crew in Porto Cervo.
The Colburns and “Apparition” have sailed in the last two NYYC Invitational Cups (2011 and 2013) and thoroughly enjoyed the international competition at those events. “I am hoping that the Rolex Swan Cup fosters the same Corinthian spirit and friendly yet intense competition that we saw at the Invitational Cup. Racing one-design tests a team’s sailing skills and eliminates hardware advantages. This is what the Swan 42 Class has fostered and we are looking forward to at the Rolex Swan Cup.”
The trip to Olbia, Sardinia is expected to take about 20 days. Once in Olbia the boats will head to the Nautor’s Swan yard at Scarlino before returning to Porto Cervo for the Rolex Swan Cup. The event starts September 8 with practice races with the regatta officially starting on September 9 and running through September 14. Following the Rolex Swan Cup, most of the fleet will be heading to the mainland to compete at Les Voiles de St. Tropez at the end of September.
Last September Robert Berg (MI) purchased a Swan 42 in Bermuda. She was renamed "To the Moon" and that is exactly where Robert Berg and the crew are right now. The results are in and "To the Moon" has won not only her Section, but the Division as well as the 106th Mackinac Cup.
This is the oldest freshwater race in the world and covers just shy of 290 nautical miles (333 statute miles) in Lake Michigan. The more than 300 competitors start in Chicago and finish at Mackinac Island (MI). "To the Moon" won with a corrected time of 42:11:45 - almost 1.5 hours ahead of the second place boat in her section.
Berg, representing the New York Yacht Club, had not done this race before, but always wanted to, so he studied up and did a lot of research which led him to the Swan 42 as she had a good rating. After sailing from Bermuda to Annapolis she was worked on for several weeks before she was trucked to Michigan. It was his daughter, Katie, a student on the Sailing Team at the University of Florida, who was the inspiration to do the race a year ago and as Berg says, "We are all still shocked."
"The race was fairly uneventful and we took a different course based on what the weather dictated," Berg said. "There were no storms, but there was extensive fog and the winds ranged from 5-15 knots," he added. "It wasn't one design, but we still had fun!", he chuckled. Katie was a member of the crew and among the outstanding crew was Richard Clarke from North Sails who was the tactician.
Asked about future plans, "To the Moon" will do a local regatta, the Ugotta Regatta, out of home yacht club, Little Traverse, this coming weekend. Berg is not ruling out defending his title in 2015 in the 107th running of the Chicago to Mackinac Island Race.
Awards are yet to be handed out and photos will follow shortly.