The grande dames of the sea sail into Mahón for the Vela Clásica Menorca – 11th Copa del Rey - Panerai Trophy

August 2014

Announcing the eighth competition in the 11-round Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary

The 11th Vela Clásica Menorca - Copa del Rey - Panerai Trophy, which takes place between August 26th and 30th next, is the eighth round of the 10th anniversary Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

More than 30 vessels have been entered so far in an event that spans four different categories: Vintage (launched before December 31st 1949); Classic (between 1950 and December 31st 1975); Big Boat (over 23 metres) and Spirit of Tradition (vessels launched after 1975 but vintage or classic in design).

Of particular note in the Vintage class are Chinook, owned by Graham Walker of Great Britain, and Enterprise, which finished second last time out in the Copa del Rey – Panerai Trophy. Manitou, a 1937 sailing vessel designed by the legendary Olin Stephens, is also competing in this class. She was once used as the presidential yacht by President John F. Kennedy and was nicknamed the Floating White House as a result.

Competing in Classic category are the Italian Navy’s Corsaro II and Stella Polare, two beautiful sailing vessels designed for officer training.

Big Boat category entrants include Mariette, the reigning champion in the class, and Mariquita along with the Hallowe’en and Elena of London. Moonbeam IV will be competing in the same category this year too. The latter yacht was purchased by Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1950 and he also honeymooned aboard with his bride, actress Grace Kelly. The Prince sold Moonbeam IV to Hannibal Scott in 1960.

The only Spanish round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge circuit has attracted boats from Spain, Italy, the UK, Malta, the USA, Germany, Holland, Argentina and Russia, the oldest vessel in the fleet being the Marigold, an 18-metre gaff cutter launched by the Camper & Nicholson shipyard in 1892.The 11th Copa del Rey - Panerai Trophy, jointly organised by the Club Marítimo de Mahón and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, officially gets underway when the regatta office opens to confirm entries at 12 noon on August 26th. At 8 pm the following day, the crews will receive a formal welcome at the Club Marítimo de Mahón while the actual racing plays out between August 28th and 30th.

The following stages of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Mediterranean circuit take place in Italy and France: Vele d’Epoca di Imperia (September 10th to 14th) and Les Régates Royales de Cannes (September 23rd to 27th).

  • The grande dames of the sea sail into Mahón for the Vela Clásica Menorca – 11th Copa del Rey - Panerai Trophy

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