Panerai British Classic Week 2012:

record entry of 83 yachts - Jap wins overall prize

July 2012

The 2012 edition of Panerai British Classic Week, an annual highlight of the global regatta calendar, saw a record entry of 83 yachts. Following a week a celebration and exciting competition, Jap claimed the regatta’s prestigious Panerai British Classic Week Racing Trophy and a beautiful Officine Panerai timepiece.

Held annually in Cowes, the historic home of British yachting, the event has been sponsored for the past three years by high-end watch brand Panerai and forms part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge global regatta circuit.

From the opening day’s race around the Isle of Wight, using the traditional clockwise course as set for the first America’s Cup in 1851, through five days of serious racing and partying, to the traditional Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron which closed the regatta, the event was declared a resounding success.

The boats span the generations and there is something rather wonderful about the fact that regatta winner Jap, a delightful little Cork Harbour One Design, was launched in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year of 1897, whilst the newest boat racing, 8 Metre Luna, was launched only a few weeks ago, coinciding with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

As well as looking utterly ravishing with their gleaming varnish and polished brass work, many of the yachts have fascinating histories too. The oldest boat entered was 58’ gaff cutter Thalia. Built in 1888 she spent her early years racing under the burgee of the Royal Cork Yacht Club for then Commodore R Foley, whose descendants race very successfully today.

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