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A collection as in fleet of Swans, slightly used Nautor Swan Yachts! Swans_off_St_Katherine__s_Point_IMG_5138_d.jpg

What is the collective name for a group of Swans ???

Gordon Frickers has a long association with these fine Swan yachts, considered by many to be Theworld’s premier yacht, Gordon being the only artist to have 4 times been chosen the Yachting World  Nautor Rolex Swan European Regatta prize artist, wow, what a terrible mouthfull!

What does that mean?

It means Andrew Bray editor and David Glenn, deputy editor of Yachting World, considered by many the finest yachting magazine in the world asked Gordon to create a painting for a prize in the last race of a Rolex Swan European Regatta. 

Several Swan owners have also commissioned Gordon Frickers.

Owner Clive King. wrote: “It is already giving me great pleasure and reminding me to make more time available for the joy of sailing.

You can discuss the possibility of a commission with Gordon by using page http://frickers.co.uk/contact.html or order direct on the secure page http://www.frickers.co.uk/blog/making-a-payment/

Some of the other Swan paintings can be seen on page  http://frickers.co.uk/marine-art/swans_guernsey.html,  http://frickers.co.uk/marine-art/ned_317.html, http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/king_of_hearts.html.

However the yachting World commission was not quite that simple!

Yachting World asked for a picture of the winning yacht to be presented that evening, at the prize giving, the evening the race had finished and more tricky, prize giving was at 18.30, the race finishing at about 16.30 and because results were on a handicap that had to be worked out, the winner would not be known for up to maybe an hour after the finish of the first yacht home…  plus a formal oil painting for presentation later at the annual London international Boat Show.

The first lucky recipient, Mike J. Leadbetter generously wrote later I have won a few prizes in my racing career but I can assure you this will be one I treasure most“. (see http://frickers.co.uk/marine-art/k_6888.html).

How did Gordon achieved his remarkable result?

This is a longer story than we have time for here and included a high standard of skill, determination and subject knowledge!

His result was written up in The Times (of London) and all the SW of England regional papers – to the delight of the event organisers!

Subsequently other artists were invited to provide this “painting service”.

All said they would never do it again, too stressful.

Gordon was invited back 3 more times!


Many consider the Swan to be the ultimate ocean-going, performance, luxury sailing yachts of unrivalled build quality.

Nautor’s Swan has retained its status as the world’s premier yacht manufacturer over the last 40 years through constantly evolving its range of yachts and delivering outstanding quality and performance. 

The company, Oy Nautor Ab was formed in Finland by Pekka Koskenkyla in 1966 to build the best10m yacht capable of both cruising and racing, using a fibre glass mould.

Nautor has built over 2,000 yachts – nearly al of these yachts are still on the water today and retain high resale values. 

Style, performance and comfort are at the coeur of every Swan.  Nautor continue to build on this experience and developed an exciting though breed model range from 42 to 100 feet.

See if you agree by visiting http://www.nautorswan.com/ ?

First though, remember to book mark this web site or order your print or commission a fabulous new painting at http://www.frickers.co.uk/blog/how-to-order/ !!!