Nautor Swan’s ClubSwan 125 Revealed

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Nautor Swan’s flagship 125-footer sets sail after a long and complex construction, beginning a season of development and record-setting passages.

The ClubSwan racing yacht range is well-established and represents some of the finest performance One-Design racing available. The ClubSwan 125 now sets the highest possible benchmark for Nautor and is finally at sea ready to take part in the most iconic events in the sailing calendar with her debut being the Fastnet.

“At Nautor’s Swan we are very proud of having completed the construction of the ClubSwan 125. This is going to be a milestone in the history of yachting. We are grateful to the owner for having entrusted Nautor to build this boat, sharing with us the same values we have of innovation, technology, quality and reliability,” says Leonardo Ferragamo, Nautor Group President. “The project has been amazing and the opportunity to work together with the greatest boat builders, designers and technicians around the globe, was awe-inspiring.”

The yacht, which sees the cooperation of the most brilliant minds in the marine industry hit the water in Pietarsaari, rounding off a complex and challenging project but with the end-result exceeding all expectations.

“The brief was at first for a very fast superyacht for inshore racing, but, as we were developing the project, it changed. We all realized, the owner at first, this yacht was meant to be a record-breaking machine,” said Enrico Chieffi, Nautor Group Vice President and CS125 Project Leader, speaking from the deck of the boat right after the sea trials. “And so here we are, the brief has changed, and the boat has been developed to be successful in offshore racing and intending to beat all the monohull records around the world.”

The ClubSwan 125 is designed with a deep attention to detail, engineered under DNV-GL classification, built by the best boat builders of the industry, and outfitted with the very best equipment from the most experienced suppliers. To achieve its extremely light displacement, the ClubSwan125 is designed with a deep draught canting keel reducing weight and increasing righting moment at the same time, while the hull, deck, and structural parts were all made from state-of-the art carbon-fiber prepreg with Nomex and CoreCell cores.

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To create horizontal and vertical forces at the same time, a rotating C-foil with an asymmetric profile, has been developed. This foil provides vertical lift, reducing the boat’s displacement and bringing it into a “skimming” attitude. Equipped with twin rudders, the leeward one is always aligned with water flow and therefore optimizing helmsman control in all conditions, including sailing at very high speeds.

“Sailing on ClubSwan 125 makes me feel very proud of what we’ve been able to design and build,” says Juan Kouyoumdjian, the boat’s naval architect. “Being part of this project, which is meant to write a new page in sailing history is something very rewarding. I’ve been able to work with the most brilliant professionals and we learnt a lot from each other.”

To marry performance and top-class sailing experience in an extreme project like ClubSwan125 is an inspiring challenge that forced the team to think outside the box collecting experience from the past and pushing frontiers.

“The ClubSwan 125 has really been an exciting project here in Finland and for sure it now leaves a void in our lives because we had not one day without excitement dealing with, what we like to call, this beast,” says Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO. “For a yacht of such technology and performance to have been entirely built here in our facility, the BTC (Boatbuilding Technology Centre), makes us very proud, and allowed us to push our limits to the extreme to create something great.”

Technical Specifications:

Dimensions

LOA 42.620 m

LWL 36.605 m

Beam max 8.75 m

Draught (canting keel) 7,4 m

Displacement (empty) 58 820 kg

Ballast (fin and bulb) 23,230 kg

The ClubSwan 125 undergoes sea trials ahead of its 2021 racing season. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the boat 125-footer now stands as the racing flagship of the Nautor line.
 

The ClubSwan 125 undergoes sea trials ahead of its 2021 racing season. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the boat 125-footer now stands as the racing flagship of the Nautor line.

 

Originally conceived as an inshore superyacht, the ClubSwan 125's owner changed the brief to press the boat into ocean passage records.

 

With a 23-foot canting keel and C-foil for leeway and lift assist, the ClubSwan 125 is a powerful and complex package.

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