From Marblehead to Nantucket

the stars are classic sailing boats

September 2012

The first stage of the North-American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge 2012 starred sixty-eight beautiful vintage boats, with a record participation rate compared to the other editions of the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta.

Despite the weather forecast not boding well, the Marblehead skies were clement and, with the help of the strong wind that made the race so spectacular, the two-day regatta was a great success.

Spartan and Black Watch, Nina and Sea Robin demonstrated all their courage and tenacity during the competition.

It was the team of Valiant, a 12-metre yacht designed for the America’s Cup, which won the Radiomir Black Seal Automatic 45 mm (PAM0287) donated as a prize by Officine Panerai thanks to Gary Gregory, owner and skipper of the winning vessel.

The start of the Opera House Cup, the second stage of the circuit, was also absolutely thrilling.

Pride of Baltimore II and Lynx staged a battle resounding with cannon fire, amazing spectators and helping to create a unique atmosphere at the beginning of the regatta.

During the inaugural evening Officine Panerai organised a charity cocktail reception on board Pride II in aid of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the non-profit organisation Sailing Heals with which the Florentine brand has been collaborating for several years.

The start of the regatta was marked with a lively wind, while in the afternoon twenty vessels had to abandon the race because the wind had dropped and only thirty-one participants arrived at their destination.

John Tagiuri’s Finesse won the Gwen Gaillard “Spirit of the Race” award while first place in the 12-metre class went to Onawa, captained by Alan Worden and Roy Weedon.

The Spirit of Tradition class went to Bruce Dyson’s Pleione.

But it was Quest, an 8-metre from the same boatyard as the recently-restored William Fife III that was awarded first place in the Classic Yachts division as well as the Opera House Cup and the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge award: a Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Automatic 45 MM (PAM 0287).

The other prizes included that awarded to the 1993 sloop Heroina for being “first to finish” while the prize for the most beautiful restoration – the Robert H. Tiedemann Award – went to Ticonderoga, built in 1936.

Now all the attention is on Newport, the third and final stage in the thrilling North-American Circuit.

  • From Marblehead to Nantucket
  • From Marblehead to Nantucket
  • From Marblehead to Nantucket

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