The Yacht

Northern Child from up high

Northern Child was built in Pietesaari, Finland, by Nautor Swan, which are widely acclaimed to be the finest production sailing yachts in the world.

Nautor’s Swan yachts are renowned for their outstanding sailing abilities, their unfailing quality of construction and craftsmanship, their luxurious accommodation and their classic elegant lines.

Northern Child is one of naval architect German Frers’ outstanding all-round designs and shares the same performance pedigree of ‘Blizzard’, a famous 51ft Admiral’s Cup racer, except that Northern Child was also fitted with a lavish cruising interior and the hull sections were enlarged to accommodate the increase in displacement. Fast and easy to sail, she has four comfortable cabins sleeping up to 12 people. Northern Child is a fine balance between a racing and cruising yacht.

Northern Child was built in 1984 for an Italian owner, who has since become the owner of Nautor’s Swan. She was first kept in the Mediterranean as a family cruising boat and for some fun racing regattas such as the Swan World Cup.


Race Inventory

  • North Dynema Main 2013
  • Doyle #1 Genoa (138%) 2015
  • Doyle #3 Genoa (98%) 2015
  • 200m2 Running Asymmetric 2015
  • 180m2 Reaching Asymmetric

Cruising Inventory

  • Hyde Main (2013)
  • Hyde #1 Genoa (2013)
  • Hyde #3 Genoa (2013)
  • Symmetric Spinnaker

Racing & Results

The boat is accompanied by a professional crew that has lots of experience racing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and UK. They will be happy to participate as much or as little as you wish and can share with you the tips and tricks which make this yacht go fast with the least effort.

Race Results

  • 1st Swan in the RORC Caribbean 600 2015
  • 3rd Antigua Sailing Week 2015
  • 3rd RORC Caribbean 600 2015 & 2013
  • 3rd St Maarten Heineken Regatta 2015 & 2013
  • 1st BVI Spring Regatta 2012
  • 2nd BVI Spring Regatta 2013
  • 3rd BVI Spring Regatta 2015
  • 3rd Les Voiles de St Barths 2013
  • 2nd RORC Caribbean 600 2011 & 2012
  • 4th Rolex International Regatta St Thomas 2013


The interior of Northern Child has been designed to offer our guests comfortable living quarters. Northern Child features 4 twin cabins. Each berth has an individual light and an individual ventilation fan. Each berth also has a lee cloth for use during heavy weather sailing.

1. Forward Cabin

Currently dedicated to sails and ropes, this area could transform to give 2 single berths and is reserved for the crew.

2. Twin Cabins

The starboard and port cabins are located forward of the saloon and have 2 single berths each. This is also where you can find one of Northern Child’s heads.

3. Saloon

The saloon sits at the heart of the boat, offering a comfortable communal area which serves as both dinning room and a place to unwind after a days sailing. The u-shaped settee has ample space and can seat 10 people.

  • New 26 inch flat screen TV linked to a laptop for films and presentations
  • Pilot berth on the port side
  • Book shelves and storage

4. Galley

Well appointed and equipped, the galley area is situated on the port side from the companionway. It is easy to use in harbour and underway and is equipped with:

  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • A Taylor-Blake four ring gas cooker, oven and grill
  • Salt and fresh water tap
  • And lots of good food…

5. Navigation Centre

The navigation station is the nerve centre of the yacht, whether cruising or racing. It carries a full-sized chart table and hosts the latest navigational and communication systems, including:

  • New VHF radio
  • Furuno Radar
  • B & G Hercules 2000 NavtexSSB radio
  • Satellitte phone for voice and data
  • PC charting software interfaced with GPS

6. Aft Cabin

The aft state room comprises  a double  and a single bed. It also includes an en-suite head. There is direct access to the cockpit in an emergency and is a private and luxurious cabin.


  • Hull Design German Frers
  • Hull length 51’25” (15.62m)
  • L.W.L 42’4”(12.92m)
  • Beam 14’7” (4.49m)
  • Deep Draft T -Keel 8’9” (2.7m)
  • Ballast 7,500kg
  • Displacement 19,500kg
  • Sail Area 357 m2
  • Freshwater capacity 400l
  • Fuel capacity 600l
  • Yanmar 75HP Engine
  • Fischer Panda AC Generator
  • B&G Navigational Instrucments
  • Seapro 3000 charting Software
  • 3.15m Tender with 15hp Yanmar (2014)
  • Satelite Phone
  • SSB Radio
  • Watermaker(60l/hour)
  • Sun Awning for After Race Comfort


Northern Child has a UK MCA Category 0 charter licence. This code sets out requirements for Small Commercial Vessels and covers construction, stability, outfit standards, safety equipment and manning. The requirements for Category 0 are particularly demanding and allow the charter yacht to operate in an unrestricted area. Northern Child is equipped with 3 life rafts, automatic and manual life jackets, harnesses, a comprehensive category A first aid kit,  EPIRB, SART, Jon Bouy, VHF, SSB radio and satellite phone. 


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