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Story Contributors: Giulio Desiderato
Images © Carlo Borlenghi


North Sails Clients Represent at Nautor Swan’s Inaugural One Design Challenge

Launched by Nautor Swan, the Nations Trophy is a one-of-a-kind event that promotes a national approach to competition across three classes. The trophy goes to one nation based on their performance in the ClubSwan 42, Swan 45, and ClubSwan 50.

Real Club Nautico de Palma, a gracious host to 11 teams this past week, was honored to be a part of the inaugural event and committed to providing top quality racing for competitors. Each fleet raced under one design standards, scored separately, and the winner of the Nations Trophy was determined by a Nation’s “top two” overall finishing places across the three competing fleets.

“The teams were very close all week which made some nice photo finishes. The starting line approach was very important in this fleet since the boats need more time to get to their target speed. Time on distance was crucial. Every maneuver could cost us seconds and even meters, so it was very important we had our tactical decision made,” said Giulio Desiderato, strategist on Swan 42 Mela.

In the ClubSwan 42 and 45 classes, Spain’s North-powered Nadir and Porron IX came away with the overall win. In the ClubSwan 50 it was Germany’s Earlybird who stole the victory, and in second was Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec, followed by Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone. Congrats to Spain for being the top performing nation team, and well done to our clients for a hard fought regatta amongst some of the world’s most elite sailors. This year is one for the history books.

“The event was a success and the Swan families together on the same race course is simply amazing. Throughout the week there was great racing and fun social experiences. I look forward to competing in the Nations Trophy next time”, said Giulio.

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The Nations Trophy headshot
Giulio Desiderato

One Design Expert — Carasco, Italy

Giulio started working for NS in 2015. He graduated in Economics and Commerce and then competed for several years in the 470, participating in three Olympic campaigns.He won the Italian title twice and earned a spot on the podium three...