Mediterranean Circuit Regulations


The Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) consists of four events which take place in Italy and France. The 2016 calendar of regattas is as follows:

  1. Les Voiles d'Antibes June 1st – 5th, 2016
  2. Argentario Sailing Week June 16th – 19th, 2016
  3. Vele d'Epoca di Imperia September 7th – 11th, 2016
  4. Régates Royales, Cannes September 20th – 24th, 2016

The regattas which form the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge are organised by the Yacht Clubs and by the local Associations of Antibes, Porto Santo Stefano, Imperia and Cannes. Each stage counts towards the award of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy. Official communications and Regatta announcements are available from the secretariat of the Yacht Clubs.


The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy for the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will be awarded to the winning craft from the Vintage, Classic and Big Boats categories. The Trophy is awarded directly by Officine Panerai in accordance with its own rules and in line with a Gentlemen’s Agreement-type philosophy.

The stages of the Mediterranean Circuit of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge take place in accordance with the full organisational authority of the Yacht Clubs and the provisions contained in each regatta announcement. Each race is organised in compliance with:

  • The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016
  • C.I.M. Regulations 2014/2017
  • The Regatta Rules and Racing Instructions of each organising Yacht Clubs
Registration and classes

Yachts built of wood or metal before 1950 (Vintage Yachts) and before 1976 (Classic Yachts) are eligible, as well as their replicas identified according to the Regulations for the Rating and Racing of Vintage and Classic Yachts (C.I.M.
2014/2017 and its modifications). The yachts in the Classic and Vintage categories may be sub-divided into further classes based on their Rig, Rating and Length Overall (LOA). Also eligible are Spirit of Tradition Yachts conforming to the requirements of the C.I.M. Technical Committee and yachts of the International Rule and Universal Rule classes and one-designs.

All the yachts entered must present a valid measurements certificate complying with C.I.M. regulations. The Yachts admitted to the Spirit of Tradition category must present a valid measurement certificate complying with IRC regulations.
Each entry must be validated directly by the Yacht Club organisers.
Each yacht which takes part in at least one of the four events in the programme will automatically be entered in the classification for the award of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy.


During every regatta, measurement checks of the boats entered may be carried out. Such checks will be carried out by the official measurers of the C.I.M. and of the National Associations. In the event of a dispute, the regatta committee will be the final judge.

Scoring and classification

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is awarded on the basis of an overall classification which takes into account the points gained in each individual event by each yacht in the Vintage, Classic and Big Boat categories. The calculation of the score is the Low Point System according to the ISAF Regualtions. The final score of each yacht is therefore calculated by taking the sum of each individual placing of the yacht, within its category, in each race in which it took part (for instance, first place = 1 point, second place = 2 points). At the end of the final classification, each yacht may exclude the total score of the worst result obtained in the course of the Circuit, after properly
completing at least three events. In the event of a tie in the final classification, the yacht which has achieved the best results in the individual events of the circuit according to ISAF criteria will prevail.

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy may be awarded only to yachts which have taken part in at least two events in the calendar. In the case of failure to compete in one or more events, at the end of the Circuit, a score equal to the overall number of boats taking part in the category in question, plus one, will be assigned to the yacht not taking part. If a yacht enters an event and appears in good order at the start line ready to take part in the race, but its class has not been organised by the Yacht Club, it will be awarded two points in the overall classification of the Trophy. If this should happen with two yachts, normalised times will be taken into consideration, two or three points respectively being awarded in the final classification.

The classification of each event is drawn up on the basis of normalised times for the categories concerned and each Yacht Club is responsible for calculating the points and times, as well as for drawing up the final and overall classification of categories which will apply in awarding of the Trophy. Points are given in ascending order of placing. For the calculation of the final classification of each
individual event, races with equal courses are valid. If for force majeure reasons the Yacht Club organisers are forced to modify the courses of an event for a single regrouping of a class, this event will not be taken into account in the final classification of the class in question if at least three other valid regattas have been held.


At the end of each stage of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, Officine Panerai will award a prize to the first three places in the Vintage, Classic, Big Boats and Spirit of Tradition classes, and a special Officine Panerai prize to the first classified overall in each of the classes.