August 2018

1935 Sparkman & Stephens Sloop Sonny, the 2017 NA PCYC defender, wins best overall among Panerai divisions during Marblehead’s Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta while 1932 NY 32 Siren takes first place in the Corinthian Division

In the Grand Classic Division, 1939 schooner When And If took home the win along with 1938 Iod Sagacious in the Day Racer Class and 2008 Resolute in The Grand Prix Division

Steeped in tradition and history, classic yacht sailing draws sailors and spectators alike on the New England coastline every summer to kick off the 2018 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – North American Circuit in Marblehead, MA.

Day one began with high hopes despite the gloomy forecast; everyone was eager to race in Panerai’s 13th year of hosting classic yacht regattas in North America. A weather system coming from the south brought no wind and heavy downpour. RC attempted a start, but around 12:45 racing was abandoned due to inclement weather and nearby thunderstorms were also threatening the racing course. All 48 registered boats made it back safely and enjoyed a casual afternoon and dinner at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

Day two started with another weather system coming through Massachusetts’ costal area that brought, once again, heavy downpour until 10:30AM. With the boat parade canceled, yachts made it to the starting line with 7 to 8 knots wind that increased to a steady 12 to 15 from the North East for the entire regatta. The 18.5-mile course saw 41 starting yachts battling on a choppy sea and occasional rain. “Today was a good day.” Said PRO Ken Adam. “We definitely made up for yesterday and competitors had tremendous fun racing today’s course. Once the wind increased it was stable and made competition close and exciting”. The event concluded at the Corinthian Yacht Club with the traditional prize giving ceremony. Boats left Marblehead heading to Nantucket for the second and third regattas of the season. Yachts will compete next Friday and Saturday in the Nantucket Regatta and next Sunday in the cherished Opera House Cup regatta. The last two regatta of the season will be held in Bristol, R.I. and Newport R.I. from Friday August 24th to the 26th.

Since 2005, Officine Panerai has been the title sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – a global series that has grown to 11 classic yachting regattas, and pays tribute to the Brand’s historic ties to the sea. For 2018, the international circuit is comprised of a 4-part Mediterranean Circuit, a 5-part North American Circuit and single classic yacht racing events in Antigua and the Isle of Wight, UK, the latter two of which took place earlier this season. Each year, the race draws over 200 different yachts from around the world to compete for the coveted Panerai trophies.

The 2018 PCYC North American Circuit consists of the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (August 11th – 12th, Marblehead, MA), the Nantucket Regatta (August 17th – 18th, Nantucket, MA), the Opera House Cup (August 19th, Nantucket, MA), Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta (August 24th, Bristol, RI) and the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta (August 25th – 26th, Newport, RI)

Panerai’s passion for the sea dates back to its early military history in the Mediterranean. In early 1936, the commandos of the Italian Navy tested the first-ever military diving watch, which was produced by Officine Panerai. Since then, the high-end Italian-designed, Swiss-made watchmaker has been associated with the sea, and admired for the luminous and innovative nautical instruments and timepieces the company has been producing for more than a century.


To celebrate the weekend, guests were hosted to social activities organized by the Organizing Authority held at the Corinthian Yacht Club including a welcome cocktail on Friday, regatta dinner on Saturday and the official award ceremony and evening cocktails on Sunday night.


There were great sailing conditions in Marblehead on Sunday August 12th with winds ranging from 12 to 15 knots with an over casted sky. Sunday's race was an 18.5-mile race twice around Bakers Island with upwind, downwind and reach legs. The regatta ended at the mouth of the harbor giving spectators a great view from the iconic Marblehead lighthouse. The Saturday race was canceled due to no wind and approaching thunderstorm.


Vintage Division:
- Grand Classics Class: When And If (1939 Schooner)
- Corinthian Class: Siren (1932 NY 32)
- Day Racer Class: Sagacious (1938 IOD - 33)

Grand Prix Division:
- Grand Prix Yachts: Resolute (2008 Buzzards Bay 25)

Overall Best Performance (Panerai Watch Recipient):
- Sonny (1935 S&S 53 Sloop)


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