Sunday, March 31, 2013

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge

Panerai Recently announced the PANERAI Classic Yachts Challenge schedule for 2013, as seen below. You can learn much more by visiting the Regates Royales website, which contains much more information about these amazing racing events.


The leading international classic and vintage sailing circuit announces its 2013 calendar which this year welcomes Naples for the first time 

MARCH 2013 - The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international circuit for vintage and classic sailing vessels, is preparing for the 2013 racing season and is pleased to announce the addition of a new host city and regatta to its ranks. Naples, one of the world’s most nautically-historical cities, joins the PCYC’s Mediterranean circuit this year, with its exquisitely beautiful bay in the Tyrrhenian Sea providing the backdrop for the 10th edition of “Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli” between June 26thand 30th 2013. 

This debut on the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge international circuit is an acknowledgement of the Neapolitan regatta’s burgeoning status on the classic sailing scene. It also celebrates the partnership between its organizers of the last decade, the exclusive Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia (, and the Italian Navy’s Staff Sailing Office, who welcome their newest sponsoring partner: Officine Panerai, the Italian-designed, Swiss-made high-end watch brand. Over the last decade, Officine Panerai has become an integral presence on the worldwide classic racing circuit; a passionate endeavour the company took on as a nod to the watchmaking brand’s historic links to the world of the sea.

The 2013 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge opens, as per tradition, with the much-anticipated Antigua regatta which is held in the Caribbean every April. The exciting regattas which comprise both international circuits (Mediterranean and North America) also return this summer under full sail, as will the Cowes regatta which is held in early July on the Isle of Wight, U.K.

Last year, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge regattas attracted more than 600 entries in the course of the 10 international events on the calendar, with many of the world’s most celebrated classic sailing yachts participating. The 2012 overall prize-winners of the Mediterranean Circuit, which were handed out in Cannes, France at the end of the sailing season, wereMoonbeam IV in the Big Boat category, Leonore in the Vintage class, and Naïf in the Classic category.  Across the Atlantic Ocean, in Newport, RI, the 12-metre Valiant took the overall trophy for Best Overall Performance in the North American classic series. 

The full calendar for the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 is as follows:

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (Antigua and Barbuda)
18th -23rd April 2013

Les Voiles d'Antibes (France)
29th May – 2nd June 2013

Argentario Sailing Week (Italy)
13th – 16th June 2013         

Vele d’Epoca a Napoli (Italy)
26th – 30th June 2013         

Panerai British Classic Week – British Classic Yacht Club (United Kingdom)
6th – 13th July 2013

Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (USA)
9th -11th  August 2013

Nantucket Opera House Cup (USA)
15th – 18th August 2013

Mahon, X Copa del Rey de Barcos de Epoca (Spain)
27th – 31st August 2013

Newport, Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta (USA)
30th August – 1st September 2013

Cannes, Régates Royales (France)
24th – 28th September 2013

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