August 2016

Thanks to many dedicated local classic sailors and a handful of passionate yacht club commodores—past, present and future –this small harborside community north of Boston continues to solidify their place in history as a classic sailor’s paradise. High spirits paired with a congenial atmosphere was the mood of the moment at Corinthian Yacht Club this past weekend as hundreds of sailors came from near and far to celebrate the 17th annual Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in historic Marblehead. Fifty-five yachts registered for the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) North American Circuit opener.

Each year, graceful and historic sailing yachts came from all over the world to join in the competition. Notably this year, TILLY XV, a 1912 Sonder Class gaff sloop built in Germany for Prince Heinrich Von Preussen (Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia’s brother) came all the way from Germany to participate. The transatlantic trip was worth Mr. Moessnang’s time and effort as TILLY XV won First Place in the Vintage Day Racer division, with International 225 DAGGER, a class winner in 2015, taking home the silver plate again for their Grand Prix Day Racer 1st Place win.

1929 S&S masthead yawl DORADE, a newly restored classic yacht who earlier in the 20th century famously won the 1932 Bermuda Race and Fastnet Race in Cowes, and more recently in 2013 won the Trans-Pacific Race (a repeat win from her earlier win in 1936), was named the Best Overall in the Vintage Corinthian Division and took home the coveted Panerai Prize, a Radiomir Black Seal Logo Acciaio – 45mm (PAM00380) for Best Overall among the Panerai Divisions. VALIANT, a beloved 12-metre racing yacht whose home port is Marblehead, took home the silver plate for First Place – Grand Prix Division. Last year’s Best Overall Classic Division Winner NEITH, a 54’ Herreshoff cutter, also gave a terrific performance and finished 2nd in their class.

Saturday’s weather started off cloudy with moderate winds of around 10 mph from the north-northeast as competitors lined up for their 17 mile course, which took them 8.5 miles toward Gloucester and back alongside Baker’s Island.  The upwind course made for slower sailing in the first half of the race which got underway at approximately 12 noon with a pursuit-style starting sequence based on the competitors’ CRF ratings (Classic Rating Formula). Sailors awoke Sunday morning to hot and humid temperatures, brilliant sunshine and changing wind velocities from the west-southwest at 10-15 miles per hour. On this second day of racing, competitors followed a 14.5 mile course which first led them toward the tip of Nahant with the Boston skyline visible on the horizon and lots of downwind fluky, winds which made changing sails and tacking strategies par for the course. First to finish on both days and winner of the Corinthian Best Overall prize was local Marblehead racing yacht AGILA, a 33’ E33 class yacht which was not eligible for the Panerai prize but whose crew showed remarkable skill nonetheless.

The 2016 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit continues with both the Sail Nantucket Regatta (August 19th-20th) and the Opera House Cup (August 21st) as next stops in Nantucket, MA; and the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta (Newport, RI September 3rd & 4th), where the Overall Best Performers in the PCYC North American Circuit will be presented with their trophies. 

The Healing Power of the Sea

As has become a Panerai tradition with each of the Panerai regattas hosted in New England, the Italian watchmaker continues to partner with the Massachusetts non-profit sailing organization the company founded in 2011, Sailing Heals, to take cancer patients and their caregivers, many of whom are being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and the Lahey Clinic, out on the water for a day of healing and respite. This year’s sail was be hosted on Friday before the racing on the gracious yachts GALAVANT, VALIANT and WILD HORSES and VIP Guests were welcomed with a seaside lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club sponsored by Panerai and the generous Host Captains. 

To date, with the help of Panerai and Sailing Heals’ volunteer Host Captains, Sailing Heals has taken more than 2,300 patients and their caregivers out for healings sails from nearly 20 ports of call and seven states nationwide. Sailing Heals’ mission is to provide unique sailing and boating experiences to individuals, families, and caregivers who may be experiencing a health setback or loss and can benefit from a peaceful day on the water. For more information, visit


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