Every two years, since 1980, the Swan fleet has gathered at its spiritual home at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia for the biennial Rolex Swan Cup. Owners, crews and guests meet for a week of spirited activity on and off the water. 2016 will be a celebratory event, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Nautor’s Swan. 121 yachts have entered this, the 19th, edition, ranging in size from 36 (10.9 metres) to 115 feet (35m), and in age from 49 years to a few months. As always, this year’s Rolex Swan Cup will be characterized by great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.