This weekend the guest harbour of Turku has been full of beautiful sailing yachts, as Swan Regatta is back in town after six years. There are 54 boats participating in the regatta this year.

Nautor is a Finnish producer of luxury sailing yachts. The company was founded in 1966 by Pekka Koskenkylä, and it was a real forerunner in the late 60’s as it started producing large fiberglass yachts in series. Legendary design office Sparkman & Stephens were designers of the first 775 Swan yachts, and this co-operation led to some of the most beautiful and seaworthy sailing boats ever made. Pekka Koskenkylä held an interesting public lecture on Saturday on the history of the company.

Beautifully maintained S&S Swan.

The first Swan 43 from 1969.

The new line of Swans

Swan 36 designed by German Frers, was in production between 1988-1996.