Panerai British Classic Week 2014 concludes in spectacular style

July 2014

The final day of racing at Panerai British Classic Week could not have been more exciting as the podium positions for all classes were decided. For some, who were in with a chance of victory, it was tense and exciting racing, while others simply enjoyed the fun of one final sail in the company of their fellow classic yacht enthusiasts.

The results went down to count back in two of the five classes. Each of the individual Class winners received not only their trophies but also a Panerai Plate. The Panerai British Classic Week Overall Trophy – a Panerai timepiece - for the best performing yacht in the three combined fleet races was presented to Whooper, a 1939 Laurent Giles one off sloop.

Flight of Ufford won the last race in Class 1 by a mere nine seconds from Soufriere with Chloe in third. Class 4 also came down to an extremely close finish on the water and a count back overall. In race seven Cereste beat Mikado by forty-one seconds with Danegeld in third place. That put both Cereste and Mikado on 10 points overall and this time the count back decision went to Mikado. Third place overall went to Danegeld.

In Class 2 Firebrand took her third race win of the week, beating Opposition with Cetewayo third. The win cemented Firebrand’s overall victory in Class 2 by a three-point margin from Opposition, with Cetewayo third by just a single point.

Going into today’s race Whooper had already secured the top step of the podium in Class 3, but they sailed once again for the sheer joy of it and added an impressive seventh win to their scorecard. Clarionet and Gluckauf had gone into the day tied on points for second so the outcome of race seven and the introduction of the discard was crucial to both boats. Clarionet gave their all to take second place in the race, but Gluckauf was hard on her heels finishing third, which meant that overall it was Gluckauf second and Clarionet third.

In race seven victory went to Helen with Saskia second and Erica third. Overall Saskia won the 8 Metre Class by two points with Helen second and Athena third by a single point.

Whilst racing is an important part of the regatta, it is not the only focus and the event is as much about celebrating these beautiful historic yachts as it is about the competition. The Je Ne Sais Quoi Trophy, for the boat with that certain something special as voted for by the competitors, was awarded to 1947 Henry Dervin designed cutter Croix des Gardes.

There was absolutely no argument about who should win this year’s Seamanship Award donated by Classic Boat. To thunderous applause, the crew of Spirit 52 Chloe, came to the stage to receive the trophy for their outstanding feat of seamanship in recovering man overboard David Pitman in less than three minutes, under sail, in very rough conditions off St Catherine’s Point during the Around the Island Race.

Full results and further information about Panerai British Classic Week can be found at the regatta website www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta

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