NYYC Swan 42 One-Design – Design 1208

The NYYC Swan 42 cruiser/racer was born from a design competition organised by the New York Yacht Club back in 2005 to produce a new one-design class for the Club. The joint Frers design was an immediate success with 35 boats sold within the first six months, and they are still winning today. Renzo Grotessi’s Swan 42 Be Wild dominated her class in the 2017 ORC World Championships in Trieste, France with a scoreline of 2-1-1-2 in the inshore races, followed by Massimo De Campo’s Swan 42 Selene Alifa which secured second overall within a mixed fleet of very competitive yachts.

The concept was to produce a Corinthian one-design multipurpose yacht that would be very competitive both as a one-design racer and under IRC. It has found great appeal on both sides of the Atlantic offering good fleet racing on the US East Coast and in the Mediterranean.

The design is capable of racing and cruising inshore and offshore and was heralded by NYYC Rear Commodore David K. Elwell Jr., who spearheaded the project as “one answer to the growing concern by corinthian owners about the domination of professionals in the sport.”

Marketed outside the NYYC as the Swan 42, she is a powerful, state-of-the-art yacht, with a high-aspect-ratio rig and T shaped keel, with two steering wheels to provide fingertip control, and a choice of; accommodation plans. To keep costs down, the sail wardrobe is limited to seven sails: a main, three spinnakers and three headsails and replacement sails are limited to three inshore and one offshore sails per year, Importantly, there can be no more than two professionals numbered within each crew, and neither are allowed to steer in class races.

The yacht has been selected for the last eight Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup events, sailing’s premiere Corinthian interclub competition.

LOA (m) 13
YEAR 2006
Material composites
Yard Swan
Design Germán Frers III
Naval Architecture Germán Frers III
Interior design Swan