With one day to go before Argentario Sailing Week kicks off, the Grandes Dames of the Sea have arrived in Maremma, ready for the international regatta organized by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano in partnership with the Florentine haute horologerie brand Officine Panerai.
During the second Mediterranean leg of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, over 45 majestic yachts from eight nations will enjoy magical racing conditions in the pristine Tyrrhenian sea with the Island of Montecristo and the Island of Giglio as a stunning backdrop (16 -19 June 2016).
17 yachts will be making their debut or returning after some time to the Argentario. Owned by Patrizio Bertelli, Linnet (Herreshoff 1905) is a New York Yacht Club 30 class. Designed by Sparkman and Stephens, Atrevido is a modified version of Niagara, a boat designed for Canada’s Cup racing (1969). All the way from Uruguay, the 50-foot classic Fjord III was pivotal in establishing German Frers Senior’s international reputation.
Built on a tight three-month launch deadline to compete in that year’s Buenos Aires-Rio Race, Frers missed the start by three days, but set off anyhow and won the race. All participating yachts, their designers and stories are described in detail here, where sailing enthusiasts can comment and share information on seamanship, sailing proverbs, maritime novels and art, little known facts about Southern Tuscany’s culture, food and wine and their love for the sea.
Enjoying once again an opportunity to sail in Tuscany, Chinook and Rowdy are both celebrating their 100th Birthday (1916, Herreshoff); Hallowe’en, who the Fastnet but also set an as yet unbroken record for the race in the year she was launched (1926, William Fife), is turning 90 years old! And “young” Eilean owned by Officine Panerai and the set of “Rio” by Duran Duran is 80 this year!
Thursday 16 June is reserved for registration and measurement of Argentario Sailing Week and in the evening, the Argentario Sailing Week welcome cocktail will take place at the Yacht Club Santo Stefano. The Mayor of Monte Argentario Arturo Cerulli will greet all participants at 8.30 on Friday morning at the Town Hall before the Skippers’ briefing. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11 a.m. On Friday 17 June evening at 8 p.m., the Spanish Fortress built in the 18th Century overlooking the Argentario Bay will provide a magical setting for the crew dinner organized by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano. After, all can dance the night away at the DJ set “La notte delle Vele” at the Race Village.
Saturday, after racing, the Yacht Club Santo Stefano will hold a Beer and Oyster party at the Race Village The Prize giving Ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Race Village followed by a Farewell Cocktail.
by Tessa Wiechmann