PANERAI FINISHES THE FINAL RACE OF THE PCYC NA CIRCUIT WITH NEWPORT’S 36TH ANNUAL MoY CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA AND ANNOUNCES THE 2015 PCYC NA CIRCUIT WINNERS

September 2015

1962 AMERICA’S CUP DEFENDER, 12-METRE WEATHERLY WINS MoY’S BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE

PCYC NA CIRCUIT TROPHY FOR BEST OVERALL VINTAGE DIVISION IS AWARDED TO NY-32 SIREN; INTERNATIONAL 225 DAGGER SAILS AWAY WITH THE OVERALL GRAND PRIX TROPHY

Panerai North American President Rafael Alvarez and a host of others awarded the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit’s top classic racing prizes this past weekend, as well as naming the Best Overall Winner for the Museum of Yachting (MoY) 36th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta. The two day regatta took place September 5th - 6th in America’s famed racing capitol Newport, RI. Fifty-two classic sailing vessels entered the final segment of the sixth annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) North American Circuit; of which nearly 20 were eligible to win the Panerai Circuit Prizes, having competed in their respective classes in two of the three Regattas and participated in a minimum of three of the five Circuit racing days. 

The North American Circuit of the PCYC is comprised of the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (held August 8th - 9th in Marblehead, MA), the Opera House Cup (held August 16th in Nantucket, MA) and culminates with the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, which is held annually over Labor Day weekend at historic Fort Adams State Park. While the PCYC North American Circuit is celebrating six years of spirited competition under Panerai’s sponsorship, it has been 11 years since Officine Panerai, the Italian high-end watch brand, first launched their global classic yachting regatta series in 2005 and 10 years since they began hosting some of the country’s most prestigious classic yachting events in ports around New England.

The Official Panerai Prize-Winners

For Best Overall Performance in the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, Rafael Alvarez presented a Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (PAM00514) to Newporter George Hill of WEATHERLY. The celebrated 12-Metre was the only boat to have won the America’s Cup on its second attempt, after losing to COLUMBIA in the 1958 Defender trials. Mr. Hill, who rescued and restored the racing yacht, was stunned and delighted to accept the Panerai top prize for his yacht’s performance. 

Walking away with the replica Vintage Class trophy was SIREN and DAGGER took home the Grand Prix Class trophy for the Circuit. The perpetual trophies will be engraved with the winning boats’ names and placed on display at the Museum of Yachting at IYRS until next year’s competition.

Inclusive of the Overall Prize Winners above, the PCYC NA Circuit Division Class Winners were:

Grand Prix Class

Day Racer – DAGGER – A 35’ Hunt International 225 (1940), skippered by Ted Boynton

Yacht – NASHUA – A 47’ W-46, skippered by Wendy Schmidt

Vintage Class  

Day Racer – ADAMANT – A 24’ Adams Interclub (1937) skippered by Mark Pincus

Corinthian Classic – SIREN – A 45’ S&S designed NY-32 skippered by Peter Cassidy

Grand Classic – WEATHERLY – A 1962 America’s Cup defender 12-Metre (1958) that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; owned and skippered by George Hill

Among the fleet competing for the Vintage Class prizes were three 1905 Herreshoff NY-30s, as well as their successors, the NY-32 fleet designed by esteemed naval architects Sparkman and Stephens, of which SIREN was a part of this special reunion of New York Yacht Club classic yacht racers.

Among the many noteworthy competitors, a few stand outs which competed in multiple regattas comprising the 2015 PCYC North American Circuit, included WHEN AND IF, THE BLUE PETER, GALAVANT, TICONDEROGA and BLACK WATCH

Panerai and Healing Sails

Panerai has dedicated at least one day of classic sailing, before or after each regatta during the PCYC North American Circuit, to sponsoring patient and caregiver sails for the community residents who live in the vicinity of the racing.  Again this year, Panerai partnered with Sailing Heals, a Massachusetts-based non-profit sailing organization, along with their dedicated Host Captains to host more than 20 local ‘VIP Guests’ for a beautiful Italian-inspired lunch followed by a rejuvenating sail on five separate classic boating vessels: THE BLUE PETER, WILD HORSES, WINDIGO, GALAVANT and TOBIAS on beautiful Narragansett Bay.

  • PANERAI FINISHES THE FINAL RACE OF THE PCYC NA CIRCUIT WITH NEWPORT’S 36TH ANNUAL MoY CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA AND ANNOUNCES THE 2015 PCYC NA CIRCUIT WINNERS

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