Photography by James Robinson Taylor
16 July 2021
The ninth S&S Swan Rendez-vous, an event that takes place every two years and is reserved for the Sparkman & Stephens-designed ‘Swans’ of the Finnish, took place in Marciana Marina from 23–26 June.
Declared most successful edition ever organised by Matteo Salamon, founder of the S&S Swan Association, 22 S&S Swans were brought together from all over Europe.
The fleet from Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland was divided into two classes: the Toremar class for yachts up to 44 feet and the Moby class for those over 44 feet.
The event also saw, for the fifth time, a fleet of historic Swans met on Elban waters to give life to a series of regattas characterised as ‘friendly, but with a feeling of family-like competitiveness’.
“For Nautor, the Swan Sparkman & Stephens are not museum objects. They represent the inspiration, the referent point for the development of each new model built,” said Nautor’s Swan representative, Vanni Galgani.
“Every Swan project that comes to life has a direct link with the deeply rooted S&S heritage.”
The three days of competition saw light winds from the north, which forced the Race Committee to reduce the distance on both the first day and final days.
Overall victory was given to the Swan 36 Josian owned by Eugenio Alphandery, the smallest vessel of the fleet and the first place winner of the Toremar class.
Second place overall for Vanessa, the Moby class-winning Swan 47 belonging to Matteo Salamon, which was also awarded the Zeppelin Trophy, reserved for ‘the most beautiful and elegant S&S Swan’.
Giandomenico Iannetti’s Swan 44 Un amour de Swan received the award for the Best Maintained Swan.
It’s been confirmed that next appointment is set for 2023.