ClubSwan 125: Redefining the supermaxi

Written by Kayla Dowling

The new ClubSwan 125 seeks to redefine the supermaxi, with North Technology Group of companies Southern Spars, Future Fibres and North Sails providing a state-of-the-art rig and sail package.BeCool yacht cruisingPhoto: Eva-Stina KjellmanNautor’s Swan are leaders in the luxury sailing yacht industry. First introduced in 2006 with the ClubSwan 42, ClubSwan is the performance division of the brand, with each project always having a specific focus on speed, technology and competitive sailing potential.

The latest project to come from this division is the new ClubSwan 125, currently under construction at the Nautor’s Swan facility in Finland, and due to launch in 2021. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, it aims to be the world’s fastest supermaxi yacht, through innovative design solutions such as the yacht’s single curved foil solution.Southern SparsPhoto: Southern SparsOver the years, Southern Spars and Future Fibres along with North Technology Group and sister-company North Sails have collectively supported the development of the ClubSwan division of yachts, continually evolving their integrated ‘Engine Above Deck’ package. The rig, rigging, and sail package has been recently supplied to the entire ClubSwan 50 class and to the ClubSwan 125.Southern SparsPhoto: Southern SparsThe ClubSwan 125 is built on a unique project brief, seeking to break records and push beyond rule constraints prevalent amongst most classes. Since 2017, North Technology Group’s collective of North Sails, Southern Spars and Future Fibres was embedded within the owner’s team, Juan Kouyoumdjian’s office, to co-engineer the aero package. Developed using the North Design Suite, the rig and sail inventory were co-engineered concurrently to deliver an aero package that is more similar to the latest generation IMOCA than an inshore Maxi yacht.Shamanna aerialDesigned to maximise ClubSwan 125’s racing potential Southern Spars has manufactured a 55-metre custom carbon mast with four spreaders and two deflectors, capable of maintaining the perfect combination of stiffness and flexibility to maximize the efficiency of the North Sails 3Di RAW and Helix Structure Luff sail plan. This was supplied together with a custom carbon race boom, providing maximum stiffness to weight efficiency and giving added downwind effective sail area to reach the highest levels of performance possible when racing.Southern SparsPhoto: Southern SparsFuture Fibres will provide their innovative rigging product for the lateral rigging: AEROsix. AEROsix, Future Fibres’ latest product, has been specifically designed for high-performance superyacht and Grand Prix racing. The rigging system combines the performance and the reliability of multistrand and solid technologies and is packaged in an aerodynamic shape. AEROsix has been proven already onboard the Swan 98, Be Cool.Southern SparsPhoto: Southern SparsSouthern SparsPhoto: Southern SparsSourcing the Engine Above Deck from Southern Spars, Future Fibres, and North Sails was the most logical choice for the ClubSwan 125, due to the collaborative design process used by the sister-companies. Together they have provided a fully integrated and optimized rig package where the entire sail and rig plan work cohesively.

To supplement the sail and rig system, a new load sensing and analysis system developed by Southern Spars and Future Fibres will be present on board the new supermaxi. This technology will enable the owner and his crew to monitor exact loads in the rig and rigging and push the yacht to its maximum sailing performance while keeping it safe. This unique load monitoring system, Synapse, is directly integrated into the supplied metal interface on the rigging and four of these cells will be installed into the ClubSwan 125.ClubSwan 125 renderingBob Wylie, who works on the project as an expert for the deck layout and sailing inventory, spoke about the companies’ impact:  

"For a project as innovative as the ClubSwan 125, choosing Southern Spars together with Future Fibres as the rig and rigging suppliers was the clear choice. Both companies are continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation, and together with the rest of the CS125 team, they have created what will be one of the most technically advanced superyachts on the planet. The two companies have a unique track record  providing high-performance, integrated packages to superyachts, and we had total  trust that they could deliver to their usual high standard again.” Solleone yacht sailingPhoto: Nautor's Swan Brokerage This project is a culmination of years of collaboration by two companies developing, evolving and innovating each of their products in unison. Recently, their successful collaboration has already led to projects such as the Swan 78, Haromi, Swan 98 BeCool, and the Swan 115’s, Shamanna, Solleone and Odin. Now, the new ClubSwan 125, will be the latest showcase of Southern Spars and Future Fibres unprecedented innovations.

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