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Quantum Sails Powers First ClubSwan 36 for Groundbreaking Launch

On Monday, June 3, 2019, Quantum Sails powered the groundbreaking ClubSwan 36 for its official launch and first round of sea trials. Quantum Sails is proud to be involved in making this boat-of-firsts fly, and in helping Nautor's Swan disrupt the world of sailing with this new one-design class aimed at giving the amateur sailor access to extreme performance. Using Quantum’s iQ Technology® design tool, the Quantum Sails team worked closely with Nautor’s Swan and Juan Kouyoumdjian to develop a high-performing rig and suite of sails fitting of the innovative, high-tech platform. The result of the collaboration spoke for itself as hull #01 ripped around the waters in Scarlino, Italy, with out-of-the-box sails that fit perfectly and worked harmoniously with the unique, versatile rig. 

Hull #00 - The very first ClubSwan 36 set sail at the beginning of June 2019, powered by Quantum Sails. Photo courtesy of Nautor's Swan.

“It is an honor to be part of such an exciting program from its inception,” says Ed Reynolds, president of Quantum Sails. “Quantum Sails is all about total performance and design. Our data-driven approach to sail design and desire to continually push boundaries and make sailing more accessible fit perfectly into the Nautor’s Swan philosophy on this project. With this new ClubSwan 36, you no longer need to be an America’s Cup level sailor to experience this level of extreme performance,” continues Reynolds. 

The foil-assisted ClubSwan 36 makes the fun and excitement of high-performance dinghy and keelboat racing accessible to a wide range of sailors. The innovative design boasts a flush deck, open cockpit and retractable bowsprit, chamfered bow, and transverse sliding C-foil. Above the deck, the Juan K Office designed a carbon rig that provides plenty of tuning opportunities while racing this innovative entry-level sports boat.

“This truly is a sailor’s rig,” says Chris Williams, Quantum design lead on the ClubSwan 36 sails. “The carbon rig is unique. It has a lot of control and it’s very light. Sailors who enjoy the technical aspects of rig tune and sail control will get a lot out of this class, especially using the Quantum setup. We used our powerful iQ Technology design tools to develop a suite of sails with unprecedented shape without sacrificing the wide range of trimming capacity required with the limited sail inventory dictated by the class rule and the target sailors who will be using them.” 

In working closely with Nautor’s Swan and Juan Kouyoumdjian, Quantum Sails found in these teams the same passion and commitment to performance, design, and technology. Additionally, Quantum Sails felt an aligned belief in the importance of helping to elevate every sailor’s performance to maximize the experience and meet their challenges. Quantum looks forward to continued collaboration with Nautor’s Swan and Juan Kouyoumdjian throughout the ClubSwan 36 sea trials as well as in the future.

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