MOONBEAM IV, MANITOU AND IL MORO DI VENEZIA I TAKE PANERAI CLASSIC YACHTS CHALLENGE SEASON TROPHIES AT CANNES

September 2015

The 37th edition of Les Régates Royales has brought the hugely successful Officine Panerai-sponsored Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge to a conclusion for the season. 

Moonbeam IV  (Big Boats category), Manitou (Vintage category) and Il Moro di Venezia I (Classic category) are the three prestige wood-built sailing yachts that have won the 2015 season trophies and, in doing so, added their names to the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Mediterranean Circuit roll of honour. The final stage on the circuit attracted a fleet of some 80 yachts of between 7 and 60 metres built between the late 1800s and the early years of this century. 

This was a fitting end for the 11th edition of the leading international circuit for these Grandes Dames of the Sea after a long and exhilarating racing season featuring stages at Antibes (France), Porto Santo Stefano (Italy) and Mahon (Spain). 

In the Challenge of Challenge, instigated by Officine Panerai this year and featuring a line-honours one-on-one race between two yachts, the 1903 Moonbeam III crossed the line ahead of the 1926 Hallowe’en. Overall victory in the 40-strong Dragon fleet went to M3 skippered by German Michaël Schmidt. 

Cannes once again proved the most important and popular classic yacht regatta in the Mediterranean, with both sailors and owners already promising to return in 2016 for the next season of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. 

  • MOONBEAM IV, MANITOU AND IL MORO DI VENEZIA I TAKE PANERAI CLASSIC YACHTS CHALLENGE SEASON TROPHIES AT CANNES

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