"Raving Swan" Takes 3rd in IRC 1 at Semaine de Porquerelles

Porquerolles is an island in the Îles d'HyèresVarProvence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurFrance. Porquerolles is the largest, most westerly of the three islands in the Îles d'Hyères. It is about 7 km long by 3 km wide, with a population of 200.

Semaine de Porquerolles was held last week and two Swan 42s from France competed:  Jerome Stubler and RAVING SWAN and Christophe Wargny’s ZAPPY S.  

Eight races were run with one throw-out allowed.  While IRC Group 1 was comprised of 29 boats, RAVING SWAN performed exceptionally well garnering two seconds, a third, and a fourth place finish.  She saved the best for last though winning Race 8 and finished the regatta in an impressive 3rd place.  ZAPPY S bettered her overall finish from earlier in the week to finish in 15th place.

Next up for several Swan 42s in Europe is the Rolex Giraglia Cup June 12-20. 

Results:  http://www.semainedeporquerolles.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/sdp_2015_g2.htm


"Blazer", "Mahalo" and "Impetuous" Go 1-2-3 at the American Yacht Club Spring Series

The American Yacht Club Spring Series concluded on Sunday with 8 races run in an event that was keenly anticipated after a long winter in the Northeast US.  Chris Culver’s (USA-CT) BLAZER won 5 out of 8 races demonstrating domination in this very competitive One Design fleet of Swan 42s.

It was a great time and we had terrific work from the guys for staying with every race,” stated Culver.   “It was light, shifty and a tough breeze this weekend and I am so proud of the guys in this kick-off to the season,” he added.  “Hats off to all my good friends and competitors in the Swan 42 fleet.”

Charles Kenahan’s (USA-MA) MAHALO finished in 2nd Place and took the bullet in Race 7.  “Our team loves this regatta – Spring or Fall Series – and we look forward to it,” he enthusiastically stated.  “We had a lot of rust after the long winter and shook it off.  There is lots of good competition from the Swan 42s here,” he added.

Paul Zabetakis’s (USA-RI) IMPETUOUS has been absent from this regatta for some time.  However, with a re-vamped crew and a jump on the season at Key West Race Week he took 3rd in this regatta.   He beat out Roger Widmann’s (USA-NY) QUINTESSENCE by one point and Ted Madara (USA-NY) and Gibb Kane’s (USA-NY) MUTINY  by two points.

Andrew Nawn, mast and mid-bow for IMPETUOUS declared, “Congratulations to the Race Committee for getting in 8 races.  The hospitality, courtesy and graciousness of the American Yacht Club is to be commended,” said Nawn.

Congratulations to charter helmsman, Colin Gordon (USA-CT) who was only able to sail APPARITION in the second weekend of the series.  With owners, Ken and Ginny Colburn (USA-MA) aboard he took two bullets in Races 6 and 8.   Ken Colburn served as tactician for this event.

The fleet heads to Newport (RI) now for the Leukemia Cup on June 6, a fun charity event.

Results:  http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=1255&RaceClass=Swan%2042

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