The Nations Trophy: the gathering of united nations
The fleet of 28 Swan One Design yachts from 11 nations has provided a great spectacle during the first edition of The Nations Trophy held in Palma di Mallorca from October 11thto 14th. The Spanish team has secured the inaugural Nations Trophy which was contested by three classes of Swan One Design yachts, the best two results of each of the eleven competing countries counted towards the national prize. By winning both the Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42 classes in commanding fashion, Spain gave little oxygen to the efforts of the other competing nations. Italy the early leaders in the competition would finish second, and Germany’s late run would collect third place.
The individual championships were close-fought affairs. The cream would rise to the top as it always does and solid last-day scores by the class winners ensured their eventual ascendancy. Earlybird (GER) assumed the lead of the 11-boat ClubSwan 50 Europeans on day three of the event and maintained the top spot till the end. Porron IX (ESP) controlled the 9-boat Swan 45 Worlds. Nadir (ESP) had proved unstoppable in 8-boat ClubSwan 42 Europeans.
Both scoring boats in the Spanish team, Porron IX and Nadir, were delighted to have contributed to the success of their nation. "I'm really happy", said Luis Senis Segarra, owner of Porron IX. "I have been encouraging Nadir and the other Spanish boats all week. Telling them they have to push. It is an honour to be part of the team and so great to win." Pedro Vaquer, owner of Nadir, was equally thrilled: "It's so good, we are so happy. Very proud. I think it is a big thing to do. I knew it was possible because we Spanish had some very strong boats. Thank you everyone involved in the organization. I am a native of Mallorca so this is really special."