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Nautor’s Swan’s Ultimate Masterpiece – Solleone

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Photography by Nautor’s Swan and Rolex – Carlo Borlenghi and courtesy of YCCS

The lion is a symbol of bravery, power and dominance. The majestic creatures are known for their natural strength and superiority as they lead like royalty within the animal kingdom – much like a Swan’s performance-cruising yacht conducting itself gracefully through the water. It is therefore, no surprise that the name ‘Solleone’, was derived from this iconic figure, which also appears on the uniforms of the crew who work onboard the beautiful Swan 90 S.

Solleone is the prized possession of the Nautor’s Swan, Leonardo Ferragamo, son of the late Italian designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, whose creative approach to fashion expanded into an entire luxury goods empire.

Like all his sailing yachts, Leonardo included ‘leone’ as part of the yacht’s name, along with ‘Sol,’ borrowed from his daughter, Maria Sole.

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

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When not sailed by the Ferragamo family, Solleone is available for charter, and also participates in international sailing regattas. The boat is cared for by Captain Diego Manuta, and his first mate, Mariella di Canio, who were both selected personally by Mr. Ferragamo when the boat was built in 2009. The atmosphere on board Solleone is very important to Mr. Ferragamo; he takes great pride in this crew for his Swan, and he treats each member as a part of the family.

The yacht is a 90 foot sloop, with a sophisticated exterior and intricate engineering, designed by the renowned naval architect, Germán Frers.

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015

     Solleone frequently sails through international territories, yet calls Italy (Marina di Scarlino), her home waters. The boat comfortably accommodates eight guests with tastefully designed cabins, timeless nautical styling, and elegant, modern furnishings. Mr. Ferragamo’s personal retreat—the owner’s cabin—features beautiful oil waxed teak, embracing the importance of the yacht’s inner beauty, as well as its immaculate exterior.

The luxurious interior design of this yacht is the distinct work of Florentine Architect Michele Bonan, although a majority of the elements of customisation were chosen especially by Mr. Ferragamo, reflecting his pride in Italian and Finnish craftsmanship. From the strategic placement of lighting and management of sound, to the specialised leather detailing, Mr. Ferragamo is known for his passion in the quality of materials and the workmanship that goes into perfecting the elements of his Swan yacht.

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Solleone proudly participated in the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean 2015 in March at the YCCS Marina on Virgin Gorda. She was also present in 2014 at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Giraglia Rolex Cup, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and Les Voiles de St Tropez 2014.

Leonardo Ferragamo is always honoured to have his personal yacht appear at or participate in these prestigious regattas to represent the Swan’s guarantee of timeless excellence, as well as his personal passion for sailing.

“A Swan sailing yacht represents timeless excellence, a perfect union of style, comfort and performance.” – Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan and owner of Swan 90 Solleone.

Lauren Charley

Lauren Charley

Writer at aLookingGlass
Lauren graduated with an Honours B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She has worked as a feature magazine writer, where many of her stories pertained to events, people, activities, and places in popular tourist destinations.

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