PCYC 2016: THE GRANDES DAMES OF THE SEA MAKE A WELCOME RETURN UNDER THE PANERAI INSIGNIA

February 2016

OFFICINE PANERAI IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE CALENDAR FOR THE 12TH EDITION OF THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CIRCUIT FOR CLASSIC SAILING YACHTS. THE BRAND’S SEAFARING AMBASSADOR, THE BERMUDAN KETCH, EILEAN, WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART IN THE TIMELESSLY CHARMING MEDITERRANEAN REGATTAS ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR.

Now a must for all enthusiasts, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge brings together many of the world’s most spectacular regatta venues on two separate international circuits, spanning everything from the crystal-clear waters of the Antilles to the stunning sea and landscapes of the Mediterranean. The magnificent classic and veteran yachts it attracts, vie for, amongst other prizes, the exclusive Panerai watches presented to the winners of each stage, which last year numbered Moonbeam IV, Il Moro di Venezia I, Manitou and Siren.

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge calendar begins in April with the traditional Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (13 – 19 April), which has been closing the Caribbean sailing season each year since the 1960s with a dazzling gathering of boats at English Harbour. 

In June, the racing moves to the back to Europe and the Mediterranean Circuit gets underway on the Cote d’Azur with Les Voiles d’Antibes (1 – 5 June) before continuing in Italy with the Argentario Sailing Week in Tuscany (16 – 19 June). The 2016 calendar also includes Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia (7 – 11 September), which is held every second year and draws dozens of historic craft to compete off the Ligurian coast. The season wraps up with Les Régates Royales at Cannes between September 20 and 24.

Four regattas are scheduled for the North American Circuit, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge’s twin circuit across the Pond: the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta at Marblehead (12 – 14 August), the Sail Nantucket Regatta,  for the first time on the American calendar (18 – 19 August),  the Opera House Cup at Nantucket (21 August) and the final round at Newport in the form of the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta (2 – 4 September). 

The legendary Isle of Wight in Great Britain provides the backdrop to the only non-Mediterranean European regatta: the Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes (16 – 23 July).

  • PCYC 2016: THE GRANDES DAMES OF THE SEA MAKE A WELCOME RETURN UNDER THE PANERAI INSIGNIA

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