Officine Panerai announces the 2015 calendar for the leading international classic yacht circuit which the Florentine luxury sports watch-maker is sponsoring for the 11th consecutive year.
As per tradition, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge gets underway in April with the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (15 – 21 of the month). This year brings the 28th edition of the event which has been attracting dozens of boats to English Harbour to celebrate the end of the Caribbean season since 1967.
e Mediterranean Circuit commences on the Cote d’Azur in June with Les Voiles d’Antibes (3 – 7 June) and also encompasses such evocative and historic events as the Argentario Sailing Week in Italy (18 – 21 June), the Copa del Rey de Barcos d’Epoca on the island of Minorca, Spain (25 – 29 August) and, finally, Les Régates Royales de Cannes (22 – 26 September), which closes the competition and includes the final prize-giving ceremony. Also taking part in the Mediterranean Circuit will be Eilean, the 1936 Bermudan ketch Officine Panerai rescued from a state of advanced disrepair and restored with extraordinary meticulousness, returning what is one of William Fife III’s final designs to her original splendour.
Right at the heart of the American summer will be the three regattas comprising the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit: the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta at Marblehead (7 – 9 August), the Opera House Cup at Nantucket (12 – 16 August) and the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta at Newport (4 – 6 September).
In the month of July, the waters of the Solent around the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom) play host to the only European round of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge taking place outside the Mediterranean: the Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes (18 – 25 July).
Every classic boat,” declared Officine Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, “is entirely unique and different from the rest. Each one has its own authentic details and allure, the fruit of its corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997. Today Officine Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. The latter are a seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques. www.panerai.com
In honour of its historic links to the sea, Officine Panerai has promoted classic sailing culture for many years through its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international circuit for these vintage craft. In 2007, the company also acquired and restored the Bermudan ketch Eilean. Built in 1936 by the legendary Fife yard at Fairlie in Scotland, she is now the brand’s ambassador at vintage and classic boat rallies and regattas.
Panerai Classic Jachty Challenge CALENDAR 2015
ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA
15 – 21 April 2015
LES VOILES D’ANTIBES
3- 7 June 2015
ARGENTARIO SAILING WEEK
18 – 21 June 2015
PANERAI BRITISH CLASSIC WEEK
18 – 25 July 2015
MARBLEHEAD CORINTHIAN CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA
7 – 9 August 2015
NANTUCKET OPERA HOUSE CUP
12 – 16 August 2015
MAHON, XII COPA DEL REY DE BARCOS DE EPOCA
25 – 29 August 2015
NEWPORT, MUSEUM OF YACHTING CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA
4- 6 September 2015
CANNES, LES RÉGATES ROYALES
22 – 26 September 2015