The 2014 Year-End Round-Up of Great Moments in the Swan 42 Class
The Year 2014 was a banner year for the Swan 42 both in the US and Europe. There were many success stories but perhaps the highlight was the Rolex Swan Cup in September in Porto Cervo (ITA) where a record number of Swan 42s (12) from 8 countries participated in this spectacular event - both on the course and ashore.
One of the first successes of the season was Bernard Vananty's TIXWAVE (SUI) which won the overall at the 62nd Giraglia Rolex Cup. While this was his third Giraglia...40 years ago when he was a teenager and finishing second in 2013, 2014 proved to be the magical year.
Another brilliant performance was turned in by Martino Orombelli's MANDOLINO (ITA) winning the ORC overall title at Giraglia. For this offshore racing pursist, this was his first major victory in the Swan 42.
For Natalia Brailoiu (ROU), one of two female skippers in the Swan 42 fleet, 2014 marked a very successful year for NATALIA. She was the winner in the ORC A Class at the Giraglia Rolex Cup in the inshore races and then went on to win the first ORC European Championship in Valencia (ESP) which would set the tone for her next accomplishments...her 2nd consecutive win of the Rolex Swan Cup and a very respectable 5th place finish in IRC C at Les Voiles de St. Tropez (FRA) in October where she matched against the lofty competition of the TP 52s.
The intrigue of sailing the Med events lured three US boats to make the crossing to Europe: Ken Colburn's APPARITION (MA), Phil Lotz's ARETHUSA (FL), and Charles Kenahan's MAHALO (MA). This was the first time for all of them to sail in the Med. Both Colburn and Lotz are two-time US National champions and representatives of the NYYC at the NYYC Invitational Cup in Newport (Lotz in 2009 which he won for the NYYC and Colburn in 2011 and 2013).
Edward Leask's MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (GBR) won the Long Islands Race at the Rolex Swan Cup and finished the regatta in 2nd place, his second consecutive 2nd place finish. Leonardo Feragamo's CUORDILEONE (ITA) won the Swan 42 Class Trophy for the Best Performance by a Swan 42 in One Design at the Rolex Swan Cup and Les Voiles de St. Tropez.
In the US, a new crew pool was developed with Young Members of the NYYC where owners could draw upon the crew skills of those very talented members. A kick-off event was held at the NYYC in the winter and an informal regatta was held in the Spring to give an opportunity to those members to sail on the Swan 42.
Chris Culver and BLAZER (CT) won both the American Yacht Club Spring and Fall Series which combined with his placement at the Newport Regatta gave him his first win of the East Coast Championship for 2014. In addition, Culver was awarded the Roger Sherman Memorial Trophy for the best combined score in the AYC Spring and Fall Series.
A highlight in the season came when newcomer to the Swan 42 fleet, Bob Berg, sailed TO THE MOON (MI) to a win of the infamous Chicago-Mackinac Race winning the Mackinac Cup Division. In another distance race, Stephen Polk's TSUNAMI (MI) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy's ORBIT (NY) competed in the Newport to Bermuda Race.
At Block Island Race Week, Ken Colburn's APPARITION (MA), won in the IRC Division. John Hele's DARING (NY) was the winner of The Leukemia Cup and The Newport Regatta while Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson won their first U.S. Natonals with HOSS (TX).
Charles Kenahan's MAHALO was the winner of this year's 159th NYYC Annual Regatta while Roger Widmann's QUINTESSENCE (NY) won the NYYC Annual Regatta Friday Distance Race and the Nautor's Swan Trophy for the Best Performace of a Swan 42.
One of the outstanding accomplishments of the year was Canada's Terry McLaughlin being warded Sail Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year. An Alterrnate Helmsman at times on John Hele's DARING he has been the helmsman and winner of The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's entry at the NYYC Invitational Cup in both 2011 and 2013. This is the second win for McLaughlin of this prestigious award.
The Swan 42 Class now has 46 boats in 18 countries with the most recent placements in Ecuador (2), Sweden and Germany. 2014 has been a stellar year for the Swan 42 Class. Thank you to all for making 2014 a sucessful year with one of the most outstanding and competitive One Design yachts in the world. 2015 promises to be an excting year as well with the fourth NYYC Invitational Cup in September.