Persico Marine, an international boatyard renowned worldwide for its expertise in building high performance yachts, is currently working on the ClubSwan 80, a new advanced one-design Maxi yacht, at its site in Nembro, Italy.
The Finnish Nautor’s ClubSwan Yachts division, naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian and Persico Marine have teamed up with other nautical specialists to design and develop the high-performance one-design ClubSwan 80 for real-time racing. All yachts will be identical with the same high-tech features, allowing the owners to compete using their experience and skills at the helm.
“We are very honoured to cooperate with Nautor’s Swan and Juan K in the construction of the ClubSwan 80. With this significant collaboration, we will continue to expand and enhance our production technology, allowing for the greatest versatility in the design and engineering of high performance yachts,” Marcello Persico, CEO of Persico Marine, said.
Persico is putting to good advantage its know-how acquired from the series production of VO65s and larger high-performance one-design boats currently sailing. In particular, on the subject of state-of-the-art one-design yachts, Persico Marine is the Official Supplier of the famous foil arms for the next America’s Cup, to be held in Auckland in 2021. These parts, which are used to keep the AC75s up on their foils, have been supplied to all teams and are absolutely identical in all respects.
Enrico Chieffi, vice president of the Nautor Group, had this to say about the innovative Maxi project: “We’d like to introduce a new concept to the world of Maxis and invigorate owner participation on an international level. That’s the reason why we have created a new ClubSwan 80 and put together the most brilliant minds in the yachting industry, working with the aim to evolve the accepted principles in the sailing world.”
In addition to Nautor’s Swan, Juan Kouyoumdjian and Persico Marine, the expert team developing the yacht includes: Vittorio Volonté, project management; Giovanni Belgrano, engineering; Scott Ferguson, rig design; and Nauta Design, interiors.
“When I started working on the projects of ClubSwan Yachts with Nautor I felt ecstatic,” Juan Kouyoumdjian, designer of the ClubSwan 80, commented. “Designing pure racers, which are highly technological and advanced, is something unique. When we started talking about a model which could raise the bar in the sailing world in order to turn the maxi sailing yachts around, we all knew that an eighty-footer was the right way to go. Working with Vittorio, Giovanni, Scott and Persico’s team is something that’s difficult to explain. It’s like pushing ourselves over the limits, learning from different experiences, approaches and ideas. That’s innovation!”
The yacht’s hull is being built with carbon fibre engineered by Pure. The hull shape has been intensively tested by Juan Yacht Design’s own Computational Fluid Dynamics department.
ClubSwan 80 - key technical details
LOA = 23.99 m
LWL = 23.89 m
BEAM = 6.00 m
SAIL AREA upwind (Main + 100% Foretriangle) = 440 m²
HIGH MODULUS CARBON MAST AND BOOM
RETRACTABLE CARBON BOWSPRIT
RETRACTABLE DRIVE SYSTEM
INTERNAL SPINNAKER RETRIEVING SYSTEM
The new one-design ClubSwan 80 is designed to offer owners high-performance yet cost-effective racing. The new Maxi class will hopefully debut with three yachts at the Rolex Cup 2022.