Since the very beginning, the Swan story has been one of class, elegance and innovation. Founded in 1966 by Finnish boat builder, Pekka Koskenkyla, Swan is considered by many as ‘the best in class’; a name synonymous with both understated beauty and unrivalled performance. The story begins with Pekka’s vision for a high quality, high performance sailing yacht that would fulfil his passion for both cruising and racing; a masterful thing of beauty that surpassed all those that came before it. Driven by his love for sailing, Pekka convinced the highly acclaimed Sparkman & Stephens of New York to design his first sailing yacht. The point of difference? It would be the first yacht crafted from fibreglass; a brave, yet controversial decision by the young builder.
Pekka built his very first yacht, Swan 36, a fibreglass vessel which behaved like a traditional wooden yacht but offered unparalleled speed, stability, steering and a finer living space. The Swan 36 would mark the beginning of one of the most prestigious boat yards in the world. The Swan name was firmly established as the foremost manufacturer of racing yachts after the Swan 43 sailed to success in the Admiral’s Cup in 1969. As business grew, Pekka dreamed of building a superyacht that offered the joy of luxury cruising and acclaimed racing ability. The elegant Swan 65 was born and soon became world famous after winning the first ever Whitbread Round the World Race in 1974.