Swan Makes History with the Launch of the Unique 42ft Shadow Power Yacht
On an evening sponsored by Banor and ripe with superlatives, Nautor’s Swan has revealed its long-awaited Shadow motor yacht to a select group of Swan owners gathered for the Swan Tuscany Challenge. It comes at the end of a week of magnificent one-design racing for the ClubSwan classes, and the world debut of the Swan 58 - all at the Marino di Scarlino.
But the undoubted star of the week was the new Swan Shadow. The 13.2m boat was carefully positioned in the middle of the swimming pool of the Tarantella restaurant in an elegantly curated spectacle arranged by the interior designer Ioanna Marinopolous. It was unveiled as the sun set over the Marina di Scarlino.
“This is a milestone for Swan,” said Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor Group. “It is the first power boat in 55 years of the brand. We asked ourselves – there are so many boats in the sea – why do we need another one? But people kept enquiring. We resisted until we found something new to say in this segment, with the typical Swan DNA of performance, elegance and reliability.”
Birth of a new legend
Penned by Finn Jarkko Jämsén, the Shadow exhibits the same design language as Swan’s famous sailing boats. Her lines are beguilingly pure, free of unnecessary dressing. And yet the stepped hull and capacity for up to 3 x 350hp outboards belie her potential for ferocious performance and silky handling.
Measuring 13.2m from bow to stern and 4.3m at the beam, the Shadow provides a spacious platform that can be tuned for all manner of lifestyles. Her teak decks are clear of obstructions and include broad side decks to reach the bow. Owners can turn the space over to comfortably upholstered lounge seating, sunbeds, dining or even for moving payloads from the mothership to the shore.
Flexibility is the name of the game, with multiple options for the T-top that can be extended or even lowered telescopically. Likewise, a smart platform at the stern can be used to extend the deck, provide pasarelle access to the quay or lowered for bathing and diving. The Shadow can really be configured to suit the lifestyle of her owner, whether as a Limousine tender, luxury dayboat or chaseboat for a larger yacht.
Swan connoisseurs will instantly recognise the Nordic style and seamless finish to the accommodation below, which runs to a large double cabin with bathroom and an optional crew cabin. A specially designed online configuration tool makes it possible to visualise in 3D all the options for this unique boat.
Launch of the Shadow crowns a fantastic week of firsts for Swan
Against the backdrop of the Marino di Scarlino and the Tuscan hills, 23 crews competed over four days of racing in the Swan Tuscany Challenge. The one-design fleet included 13 ClubSwan 50 yachts and an impressive 10 of the new ClubSwan 36 – sailed by a mixture of passionate owners, talented amateurs and top professional sailors.
In a sign of how closely matched the teams are at the start of the season, the podium places were impossible to predict ahead of the last day’s racing. The contest played out in light westerly winds and calm seas, with Leonardo Ferragamo’s experienced Cuordileone taking first place in the CS50 class. Marcus Brennecke’s Hatari came a very close second, with Stefan Heidenreich’s ONEGroup scooping third.
In the CS36 class, it was even closer, with the last leg of the last race deciding the podium places. After an intense duel, Andrea Lacorte’s Vitamina edged Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-Spot into second place. Third went to Lorenzo Mondo’s Farstar.
“We are very excited, happy and satisfied, because we worked hard for this result,” said Ferragamo afterwards. “We will have to fight very hard to maintain this position – it’s not going to be easy. There is a continuous evolution from all the teams, and this racing is really fabulous.”
Bringing the four-day regatta to a close, sponsor Marina di Scarlino presented prizes to the winning teams. They were accompanied by the Livorno Naval Academy’s marching band, whose members gave a virtuoso performance that culminated in the Italian national anthem.
Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO, joined the awards ceremony remotely from Finland, as there is a lot going on in the yard. “I’m sorry not to be there, but with tests on the ClubSwan 125 and the launch of the next 98, together with the flagship Swan 120 and multiple Swan 48 and 58 hulls, I wasn’t able to be in Scarlino in person. I followed the event in spirit, though, passing one of the milestones of Nautor’s Swan’s new strategy with our entrance into the power yacht sector through the launch of the Swan Shadow. A great result was achieved by ClubSwan Racing and with the debut at sea of the Swan 58.”