The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge promises vintage sailing spectacular for Imperia

September 2012

Between September 5th and 9th, the city of Imperia, in Italy, becomes the focal point of the classing sailing world as more than eighty historic craft gather to take part in Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, the fourth stage of the Mediterranean circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, a series of international regattas for classic and vintage vessels sponsored for the last eight years by Officine Panerai. 

The 17th edition of Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia looks set to be truly impressive in terms of numbers as well as quality.

The yachts are divided into four main categories: Vintage (built before 1950), Classic (built between 1950 and 1975), Spirit of Tradition (modern replicas of older designs) and Metric (International 15-, 12-, 8- and 6-metre Classes, etc.). 

Imperia also brings an eagerly-awaited reunion of the only four International 15-metres still sailing but also other vintage sailing giantesses entered for Le Vele d’Imperia include the 40-metre Cambria (1928), the 64-metre Adix, the 38-metre Altair, the 40-metre Orion (1910), the 36-metre Sunshine and the 43-metre Sylvia (1925). 

The Italian Navy will also be lining out its entire fleet of historic yachts, many just returned from training exercises for the cadets from its Naval Academy. The fact that Artica II, Capricia, Caroly, Chaplin, Corsaro II, Stella Polare and the slightly younger Orsa Maggiore are all attending Imperia will make it a truly unique and rare event. 

Fresh from her transatlantic adventure at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and her participation at Cowes and Mahon, the Officine Panerai’s own 1936 ketch Eilean will also be at Imperia. 

Also promising to prove very competitive indeed in her category will be Il Moro di Venezia I, the first authentic maxi built from laminated wood in Italy commissioned from Argentinean designer German Frers in 1976. 

A plethora of events has been organised ashore too, and both owners and crews will be welcome to avail of the Panerai Lounge to relax and enjoy post-race discussions. The biennial Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia is organised by the Assonautica Provinciale di Imperia with the patronage of the C.I.M. (International Committee for the Mediterranean).

 

  • The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge promises vintage sailing spectacular for Imperia
  • The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge promises vintage sailing spectacular for Imperia

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