ClubSwan 125 Skorpios the competitive performance sailing superyacht
bSwan 125 Skorpios sailing superyacht was built by the high performance division ClubSwan Yachts of the Finnish Nautor’s Swan group which is currently organized into 4 divisions 3 for sailboats and one for motor boats.
ClubSwan Yachts is the division specializing particularly in the construction of technologically advanced sailboats with exceptional performance, always looking for new solutions, to be proposed to the sector.
Nautor’s Swan is an ancient brand with a great tradition for its quality constructions and lasting style, a symbol of sailing enthusiasts because owning a “Swan” boat has always meant having a boat that simply has something more, where elegance and speed merge. together and the brand brings together all the enthusiasts who share these principles in a sailboat.
The shipyard was founded in 1966 by the Finnish Pekka Koskenkylä in 1998 it was bought by the Italian entrepreneur Leonardo Ferragamo, a great sailing enthusiast and under his leadership the shipyard has started a new path of development and success.
Leonardo Ferragamo currently holds the office of President of the group and on this new project he commented as follows:
“We at Nautor’s Swan are very proud to have completed the construction of the ClubSwan 125. It will be an important milestone in the history of yachting. We are grateful to the owner for trusting Nautor to build this boat, sharing the same values of innovation, technology, quality and reliability with us. “The project was incredible because it gave us the fantastic opportunity to work with the best boat builders, designers and technicians in the world”.
Let’s say right away that the ClubSwan 125 Skorpios is the largest sailing yacht ever built by the yard and has been developed to be a boat suitable for offshore racing to sail at a speed of over 40 knots and is believed to be able to sail the seas at 15 knots upwind and exceeding the downwind wind speed.
It measures 140 feet (43 meters) and this giant of the sea is a candidate to set new sailing records.
It took four years to design and build it through a long research program with numerous tests and improvements in the end all the planned objectives were achieved.
In this regard, Enrico Chieffi, vice-president of the Nautor group and head of the CS125 project has released the following statement:
“The initial design was a very fast superyacht suitable for coastal racing, but as the project progressed, we made changes. We all realized, the owner first of all, that this yacht had to become a boat to break records “. “Eventually, the boat specifications changed and we developed a boat suitable for offshore racing”
The overall length of the boat is 140 feet, (42.620m); maximum width 28.7 feet, (8.75m); waterline length 120 feet, (36.605 m); draft with canting keel 24 feet, (7.4 m); displacement 58,820 kg, (129,676 lbs); ballast (fin and bulb) 23,220, (51,213 lbs); 500 hp engine
The naval architecture of this superyacht was designed by the architect Juan Kouyoumdjian who in addition to being an excellent sailor, is one of the best and most successful naval architects of recent times a famous name in the world of regattas and ocean racing, during his life professional has designed several boats for the America’s Cup. The Volvo 70 ABN Amro was his first boat designed for ocean racing and was a huge success. He won the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. And he is very proud to have designed the Club Swan 125 Skorpios because he thinks it is an extraordinary boat.
The ClubSwan 125 Skorpios sailing superyacht has been engineered with a deep draft canting keel that reduces weight and increases righting moment at the same time. The hull, deck and structural parts have been made of carbon fibers pre-impregnated with Nomex and CoreCell cores to create an ultralight and aerodynamic structure to reduce weight and, at the same time, increase stability.
In addition, the boat is equipped with a very advanced and unique adjustable C-shaped foil, which allows to reduce displacement and two twin control wheels that optimize the control of the helmsman even at high speeds. All construction features that make the yacht very fast and competitive in regattas.
The complexity of building this yacht required Nautor to collaborate with the best designers, builders and suppliers in the world to complement Juan Kouyoumdjan’s existing team and Nautor’s in-house experts. The team includes two main experts: Killian Bushe, involved in the construction of the hull and composite structural components, and Bob Wylie, for the deck and sail management, including specific performance oriented systems.
Harken carbon 1235 primary winches have been selected for the ClubSwan 125. These winches are the development of the Harken 1135 grand prix winches which employ an integral winch base and ring gear sets machined from a single block of stainless steel to extend capacity load from 9 to 11 tons. The two winches for the fields of application are Harken 990s, which have been tested over thousands of ocean miles and are currently in service in the Volvo Ocean 65 fleet.
For the grandiose sail plan the team focused on two aspects, handling and superior performance, making use of the great experience the brand has acquired over the years building sailboats for ocean racing.
The interiors have been curated by Adriana Monk design using ultralight materials chosen and tested by the entire Nautor’s Swan team, achieving a good balance between performance and comfort in line with the characteristics of this superyacht.
The goal was to create an enveloping environment below deck in which to be protected from the aggressive elements of water, wind and sun. The tastes and preferences of customers are fundamental in the selection of colors and in the atmosphere that you want to create.
In particular for ClubSwan 125 Skorpios the owner’s imprint is very strong, he has also customized the sails and hull with a themed graphics inspired by the name of the boat played on the contrast of yellow and black with the image of a scorpion representing the primordial energy that celebrates an unspoken hymn to power and gives the boat a particularly showy and aggressive but overall very appreciable appearance.
The owner’s cabin and saloon are positioned in a buffer zone from noise and service routes, separated from the crew quarters aft and from the sails and navigation station management areas.
The layout is versatile as the full beam owner’s cabin can be divided into two guest cabins with private bathrooms by adding a central bulkhead. The engine room is located forward of the mast.
This racing superyacht was commissioned by a passionate team consisting of the owner, his friends and a professional crew.
The owner is business tycoon Dmitri Rybolovlev, a Russian entrepreneur and sports executive who owns two-thirds of the football club AS Monaco, who bought the boat for an estimated cost of $ 20 million.
The owner already owned a ClubSwan 50 a smaller high performance boat before commissioning the ClubSwan 125 Skorpios in 2017.
With his professional crew he has participated in numerous regattas managing to win the title of world champion by finishing first in the ClubSwan50 class regatta, organized in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 2019.
Then with the same team as crew in the 2020 season he won a bronze medal at the world championships in Scarlino, in Italy becoming the only team to have gone to medal for two consecutive years in the ClubSwan 50 world championships.
Skorpios is the name of both the boat and the team that will be formed to manage the boat in the upper class regattas, made up of professional international sailors with experience in regattas around the world.
Skorpios is also the name of the Greek island bought by the entrepreneur in 2013 for 154 million dollars by the heiress Athina Russel Onassis for her daughter Ekaterina.
Dmitri Rybolovlev has always been a lover of the sea and water sports, in recent times his passion for sailing has increased enormously, leading him to participate in numerous regattas, gaining great experience in sailing competitions in a short time. In this regard, he issued the following statement:
“Although I am very busy, I do my best to participate in as many regattas as possible, because no other sport gives this feeling of freedom and emotion”. “I am a competitive person. Regattas require a very sophisticated tactical approach and, as in the business world, you have to be able to make decisions quickly ”.
Giovanni Pomati, CEO of Nautor Group, said that seeing the ClubSwan 125 leave Swan’s Boatbuilding Technology Center (BTC) in Pietarsaari left him proud but excited. “The ClubSwan 125 was truly an exciting project here in Finland and it sure leaves a void in our lives now as we haven’t had a day without enthusiasm to deal with what we like to call ‘this beast’.”
The first real test at sea of the ClubSwan 125 Skorpios was a huge success because on its debut it immediately won the Rolex Fastnet Race a classic sailing competition held in August 2021.
The boat with the owner at the helm won the regatta by crossing the finish line in Cherbourg completing the 695 nautical mile course from Cowes to Cherbourg with a total time of 2 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes and 55 seconds.
On the other hand, in its second official regatta at the Rolex Middle Sea Race, immediately affected by bad weather conditions, the ClubSwan 125 Skorpios did not win.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is the most important 600-mile offshore classic in the Mediterranean . The regatta with start and finish in Malta took place in October 2021, leaving Sicily on the left along the route, as well as Stromboli, Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa, before arriving again in Malta for a total of 605 miles .
It is too early to say if Skorpios will be the fastest sailing monohull ever made even if it certainly has enormous potential, moreover it will take some time to get to know it and be led at its best only then we can evaluate its real competitive skills.
Therefore we just have to wait for the next competitions, to be able to appreciate all the qualities of this new sailing superyacht led by the owner Dmitrij Rybolovlev and his team of excellence.