June 2018

Porto Santo Stefano, 13 June 2018 – After the first round in France at Antibes, from 13 to 17 June Porto Santo Stefano

in Tuscany is to host the second Mediterranean round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge as part of the 19th

Argentario Sailing Week, the international classic and vintage sailing circuit. For the fourteenth year in a row the event

is sponsored by the Florence-based high watchmaking brand whose name the trophy bears. 

Over forty yachts are expected to take part, divided into four categories - Big Boats, Period, Classic, Spirit of Tradition

and Metric and Monotype classes. The fleet will berth at the Florentine town’s Molo della Pilarella pier, and the yachts

can be visited at their moorings throughout the event. Organisation of the races at sea will be handled by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano under the aegis of the CIM (Comitato Internazionale del Mediterraneo/International Mediterranean


After being successfully trialled for the first time in 2017, four races instead of three will once again be contested, from Thursday 14 June to Sunday 17 June. This will enable the craft taking part to experience the competition with greater intensity and to modify their yachts’ racing trim from one day to the next.

Also Eilean, the 22-metre ketch built by the William Fife yard in 1936, will be present at Argentario, restored by Officine Panerai.

One of the largest, most spectacular yachts is the 40-metre Cambria (1928), the only vessel in the world in 23 Metre IR (International Rating) class. The Cambria will line up alongside her rivals Hallowe’en (1926), reigning Big Boats champion, and Moonbeam of Fife (1903).

Argentario will also see the return of historic craft like the Marga (1910), a 10-metre IR class build, Linnet (1905), the tenth of eighteen yachts built and a member of the New York Yacht Club 30 class, and Spartan (1913), the last remaining example of the New York Yacht Club 50 class. The Sonder Class Tilly XV, built in Germany in 1912 for Prince Heinrich

Von Preussen, brother of Kaiser William of Prussia, has proved to be one of the most active yachts on the circuit, also participating in the North American circuit of the Panerai Classic. The contingent of historic Italian craft includes Il Moro di Venezia I, winner of the Panerai Trophy in 2013 and 2015 in the Classic Yacht category. 

The Italian Navy will be represented by its sailing vessels serving as training ships for Naval Academy cadets, including the historic Bermuda yawls Corsaro II (1961) and Caroly (1948), as well as Chaplin (1974), already winner in 2009 of the Panerai Trophy in the Classic Yachts category. 

Arrival, registration and rating of the yachts involved, under the supervision of the AIVE, the Italian Classic Sail Yachts Association, is programmed for Wednesday 13 June. The opening cocktail party will be held in the evening at the Yacht Club Santo Stefano. On the morning of Thursday 14 June participants are invited to the Town Hall for the welcoming

ceremony and first race briefing. In the evening of Friday 15 June there will be a crew dinner at the Fortezza Spagnoladi Porto Santo Stefano. The event will conclude with a prize-giving ceremony to be held after the fourth race, in the afternoon of Sunday 17 June.

The next round in the circuit, The Classic Yachts of Imperia, is scheduled to take place between 5 and 9 September.  


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