Mariquita, Chinook, Bufeo Blanco e Wianno winners at the Argentario Sailing Week

June 2014

Four historic sailing yachts win the Panerai watches put up as prizes by the Florentine luxury sports watch-maker and sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

The 15th Argentario Sailing Week concluded yesterday, June 22nd, at Porto Santo Stefano in Tuscany. The event was also the second round of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, which is being sponsored for the 10th consecutive year by the Florentine luxury sports watch-maker.

Superbly sunny weather and shifty winds of between 7 and 12 knots ensured the 45-strong fleet enjoyed a total of three long coastal and windward-leeward races, delivering an extraordinary show of sail for the enthusiasts that had flocked to the Panerai-sponsored event from all over the world to watch these Grandes Dames of the Sea in action.

The watches put up by Panerai as prizes for the event were won by Mariquita (1911) in the Big Boats category, the gaff cutter Chinook (1916) in the Vintage category, the Marconi cutter Bufeo Blanco (1963) in the Classic category, and the gaff sloop Wianno (2011) in the Spirit of Tradition category.

One of the other groups the fleet was divided into for the Argentario Sailing Week was the International 12-metre Class of former America’s Cuppers, in which Vanity V (1936) and Vim (1939) competed in six races in all on a separate course. Having clocked up four firsts and two seconds, Vim took overall victory in the category. Four Wianno Seniors also did battle in a total of seven races as they celebrated the centenary of the class’s birth in 1914 in Massachusetts. Two of the boats were sailed by American crews who were there to copper-fasten links with Wianno Senior Italia, the go-to builder of these elegant 7.62-metre sloops here in Europe.

In the remaining groups, the boats were divided up according to their SPM (Second Per Mile) number which indicates by how many seconds per mile a boat’s real time needs to be adjusted to obtain a handicap time for the standings. The “Classics with SPM > 200” class was won by Namib (1966) whose crew included professional sailors of the calibre of Mauro Pelaschier and Davide Besana, while in the “Classics with SPM < 120”, victory went to Moro di Venezia I, the first ever Italian IOR maxi yacht which in 2013 made such an impact on the Trofeo Panerai. She quickly left all three of the Italian Navy’s yachts, Corsaro II, Chaplin and Capricia, trailing in her wake at Santo Stefano. Bufeo Blanco held sway in the “Classics with SPM > 120” and Jalina (1946) delivered three consecutive podiums to take the “Vintage with SPM > 200”. Lastly, Chinook dominated the “Vintage with SPM < 200”.

The Argentario Sailing Week also attracted several boats on their maiden outing in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, testament to the growing interest in the circuit which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and which has gone from strength to strength in the course of its first decade. The latter included Eloisa (1970) and Endeavour (1937), a Finnish sloop moved specifically to the Mediterranean by a Swiss family.

The Florence-based luxury sports watch-maker Officine Panerai remains the world’s leading organiser of classic yacht events with eleven regattas planned in the most beautiful and maritime tradition-rich corners of the globe for the 2014 season. The link between Panerai and classic sailing has also been further underscored by the creation of the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio, which is designed to calculate race start times with revolutionary simplicity.

  • Mariquita, Chinook, Bufeo Blanco e Wianno winners at the Argentario Sailing Week

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