Fleet Captain: Ted Madara
The Swan 42 is designed by Frers and built by Nautor’s Swan, and the first one was launched in 2006. The concept was for a Corinthian one-design multipurpose yacht that would be very competitive as a one design racer and also under the IRC rating system. The yacht is capable of racing and cruising locally as well as offshore. It is a powerful, state-of-the-art yacht, showing a high aspect-ratio rig and T- keel. The LOA is 42.6 feet, the LWL is 37 feet, beam 12 feet, sail area 1,175 square feet and displacement is less than 13,986 pounds, of which 48 percent is ballast. The Swan 42 features two steering wheels, providing a better steering ratio and better feel. Two accommodation plans are offered, which are two- or three-cabin versions.
Keeping costs down for owners, initially and over time, has been an important consideration. To that end, boats will have an initial order of seven sails: a main, three spinnakers and three headsails. No more than three inshore and one offshore replacement sails are allowed each year, according to class rules. Further, while up to two professionals can race on a boat, they can’t steer and can’t be compensated for sailing on the boat except for the boat captain.