NANTUCKET PROVIDES PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR CLASSIC SAILORS FOR THE 44TH EDITION OF THE OPERA HOUSE CUP, SPONSORED BY PANERAI

August 2016

A RECORD-NUMBER OF REGISTRANTS COMPETE FOR PANERAI PRIZES IN THE SAIL NANTUCKET REGATTA AND THE OPERA HOUSE CUP DURING NANTUCKET RACE WEEK

Nantucket, August 22, 2016 – For the 11th consecutive year, Italian high-end watchmaker Officine Panerai sponsored the top performance awards for classic sailboat racing at Nantucket’s prestigious Opera House Cup, which is the culminating event of Nantucket Race Week. This year Panerai added the 2-day Sail Nantucket Regatta to its former 3-regatta circuit. The island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is the second stop in the 4-part Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) North American Circuit.

By Friday, 39 sailing yachts had registered for the Sail Nantucket Regatta and 57 classic yachts entered the Opera House Cup competition.

Winds throughout the 3 days of Panerai competition ranged from 10-15 knots — mostly from the southeast— and Sunday’s nearly 20 nautical mile course, which led the crews toward Great Point Lighthouse and then north and finally south back towards Nantucket, kept the skilled sailors busy and tactical. In order to have a fair competition relative to the length, materials, structure, and age of yachts, the race fleet for each regatta was classified into two main divisions — Vintage and Grand Prix — with five classes among them: Vintage Corinthian, Vintage Day Racers, Vintage Grand Classics, Grand Prix Day Racers and Grand Prix Yachts.

After a day of a spirited competition, the racing crews gathered at sunset at Jetties Beach to take part in the Awards Ceremony where ultimately Panerai North America President Giovanni Carestia presented the Panerai Awards for Best Performance within the classes, including the coveted Opera House Cup Panerai Award – a Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve - 47mm (PAM00347) – for the Best Performing Yacht Overall to GALAVANT, a 42’ 2002 Herreshoff re-creation, owned and skippered by Needham, MA resident John Tagiuri. GALAVANT also took first place in the Grand Prix class and took home the Opera House Cup trophy in the Racing Division. BLACK WATCH won the Panerai class award for Vintage Grand Classics and also won the Cruising Division in the Opera House Cup. For the first time, the OHC recognizes both her and GALAVANT as winners of the OHC Cup. Both names will be engraved on the famed OHC Cup. Owner Donald Tofias’ W-class RACE HORSE, helmed by Nathaniel (Nat) Wilson took home the Grand Prix Day Racer Award and 43’ NY-30 CARA MIA, owned and skippered by Alfred Slanetz, won the Panerai Award for Best Performance in the Vintage Corinthian Division. ELSKA, skippered by Marc Feigen, a 1947 29’ Dragon, won first place among her Panerai class, Vintage Day Racers. Marblehead-based 1970 Sparkman & Stephens VALIANT, owned by Gary Gregory, was First to Finish in the Opera House Cup, and also took home first place in the 12 Metre Award.

Best Performance winners for the Sail Nantucket Regatta, which preceded the Opera House Cup on Friday and Saturday, were the following:

  • - Grand Prix Day Racer RACE HORSE
  • - Grand Prix Yacht WILD HORSES
  • - Vintage Corinthian SANTANA
  • - Vintage Day Racer TILLY XV
  • - Vintage Grand Classic BLACK WATCH

 

 

  • NANTUCKET PROVIDES PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR CLASSIC SAILORS FOR THE 44TH EDITION OF THE OPERA HOUSE CUP, SPONSORED BY PANERAI

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