Photo: Nautor’s Swan / Studio Borlenghi
Rovinj is the perfect stage for the premiere of the ClubSwan regatta, which will make Croatia part of the prestigious Swan family.
Rovinj is where the famous story of ACI racing started back in 1987. Rovinj is where three RC 44 class regattas have taken place. Rovinj is the place that boasts a beautiful and ultra-modern ACI marina with a five-anchor rating, which meets the world’s strictest standards. It is this combination of the Mediterranean charm, sailing excellence and optimum conditions in the heart of historic Rovinj that form the ideal stage for the premiere of the ClubSwan 36 ACI CUP, a gentlemen’s regatta, which will once again put ACI on the world’s sailing scene in great style.
ACI Sail, the new project that is being launched by the largest marina chain in the Mediterranean in partnership with Nautor’s Swan, the top-quality sailing boats manufacturer, is bringing a regatta from the prestigious Swan calendar to Croatia for the first time. ClubSwan was founded in 1999 and, in more than 20 years, it has become a place not to be missed for those wanting to socialise and sail in elite world locations, such as Porto Cervo, St Tropez, Monaco, Capri, Palma de Mallorca. With the ClubSwan 36 ACI Cup, Croatia will become a part of Swan’s exclusive family; and ACI Sail, with the world’s largest fleet of ClubSwan 36 sailing boats, is an important part of the class.
‘We are happy that Nautor’s Swan has recognised the value of Croatia as a great sailing destination. ClubSwan is an exclusive club consisting of owners of the best sailing boats in the world, and each ClubSwan regatta, combining sailing and business, brings together the very best in the world of boating and represents the culmination of our sport. The ClubSwan 36 ACI Cup is a unique regatta that focuses on the most advanced one-design class in the world as well as on ACI’s know-how, tradition and passion for sailing,’ says Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, the celebrated Croatian sailor and the project manager of ACI Sail.
In more than three decades of racing, Rovinj, the Pearl of Istria, and ACI Marina Rovinj have been hosts to many sailing greats, only the most important of which will be mentioned here: Russell Coutts, Tom Slingsby, Ed Baird, Iain Percy, Paul Cayard, Dean Barker, Peter Gilmour, Chris Dickson, Bertrand Pacé, Cameron Appleton, James Spithill etc.
A perfect stage for a ClubSwan regatta, don’t you agree?