Argentario Sailing Week 2013

June 2013

Porto Santo Stefano in Tuscany is preparing to play host to the 50 yachts already entered in the 14th edition of the Argentario Sailing Week, the second round on the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge’s Mediterranean Circuit. The event, being staged between June 13th and 16th with technical assistance from the Yacht Club Santo Stefano, spans three races on one of Italy’s best-loved and windiest competition courses between Giannella Beach and the town of Talamone.

The Big Boats competing in this year’s Argentario Sailing Week include Mariette, the majestic 32-metre steel schooner built in 1915 by the legendary Herreshoff yard of America. Making a welcome return to the event, the latter will be doing battle with two other stunning Panerai circuit regulars: the 1911 gaff cutter Mariquita, and the 1928 Cambria, the only International 23-Metre Class still afloat.

There is a tenuous but very real connection between two other entries: the 1937 18-metre Manitou and the compact 7-metre Wianno. Manitou is also known as the “Floating White House” because 50 years ago, she was used by President John F. Kennedy for family vacations. Wianno, on the other hand, was built to a design dating back to 1914 and is a fibreglass replica of the elegant gaff cutter on which the President learned to sail.

Also returning to compete in Tuscany are Caroly (1948), Corsaro II (1961), Capricia (1963) and Chaplin (1974), the Italian Navy training vessels commencing their training campaigns for Naval Academy cadets around now. Capricia in particular celebrates her 50th birthday this year, while Chaplin has already gone down in Panerai Trophy history, having won the Classic category in 2009. Also participating in the Argentario Sailing Week is a small fleet of International 5.5-Metre Class yachts, which includes the hugely successful Carabella (1968), the recent winner of the Italian Championship for her class, and Tara (also 1968), fresh from a superb restoration at the Daniele Riva yard on Lake Como.

Once again this year, the fleet, divided into Vintage, Classic and Spirit of Tradition categories, will be moored along the waterfront’s Molo della Pilarella which is always open to the public and located in an area of the town that will allow anyone to admire the yachts.

2013 edition participants

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