The inaugural Nations Trophy was held at Real Club Nautico de Palma in Palma de Mallorca (ESP) October 10-14. Not only were the three Nautor’s Swan One Design fleets competing for line honors within their Class, but they were also competing for national pride. Eight Swan 42s were on hand representing four different countries: France, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. Light winds made for long postponements each day with the best breeze saving itself for the final day of competition with 8 races in the regatta.
Pedro Vaquer Comas’s NADIR (ESP) improved each day as the regatta intensified. She went on to win the Class with a 3-3-2-1-1-1-1-6 for 18 points. Her nearest contender was fellow countryman, Jose Maria Meseguer, and PEZ DE ABRIL (ESP) who finished 1st at 36 Copa Del Rey MAPFRE earlier in the season. She took the bullet in Race 1, but would finish in 2nd Place 10 points back. Lorenzo Mondo’s FAR STAR (ITA) claimed the bullets in Races 2 and 8 and finished the regatta in 3rd place with 30 points. Other entries included Alberto Franchi’s DIGITAL BRAVO, Ludovic de Saint Jean’s KuujjuaQ, Barry Sampson’s LONG ECHO, Dominique Luna’s MAGICAL, and Andrea Rossi’s MELA.
NADIR swept a number of awards including the win in the Swan 42 Class, and the Swan 42 European Championship for her win at the Nations’s Trophy. In addition she won the Nations Trophy sharing the victory with the top-placing Spanish Swan 45, PORRON IX. Their combined score was 2!
PEZ DE ABRIL as awarded 2nd Place in Class as well as winner of the European Circuit. She was the top-scoring Swan 42 with a 2nd at Palma Vela, a 1st at 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, and 2nd at the Nations Trophy.
FAR STAR was 3rd in Class and was part of the 2nd place finishing Italian team sharing Nations Trophy team honors with Swan 45 APHRODITE and Leonardo Ferragamo’s ClubSwan 50 CUORDILEONE.
The venue for the next Nations Trophy will be announced early in 2018.