Panerai Announces Dates for 2013 Classic Yachts Challenge

150Preparation for the 2013 racing season of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the international circuit for vintage and classic sailing vessels, is already underway with the announcement of a new host city and regatta. Naples joins the PCYC’s Mediterranean circuit this year, with its bay in the Tyrrhenian Sea providing the backdrop for the 10th edition of “Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli” between June 26th and 30th 2013.

Over the last decade, co-sponsor Officine Panerai has become an important presence on the worldwide classic racing circuit. The Swiss watch brand undertook the endeavor as a nod to its historic links to the nautical world.


The 2013 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge opens, as per tradition, with the Antigua regatta, held in the Caribbean every April. The regattas that comprise both international circuits, Mediterranean and North America, also return this summer, beginning in April through the end of September.

Last year, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge regattas attracted more than 600 entries in the course of the 10 international events on the calendar. The 2012 overall prize-winners of the Mediterranean Circuit, which were handed out in Cannes, France at the end of the sailing season, were Moonbeam IV in the Big Boat category, Leonore in the Vintage class, and Naïf in the Classic category. Across the Atlantic Ocean, in Newport, RI, the 12-metre Valiant took the overall trophy for Best Overall Performance in the North American classic series.

The full calendar for the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 is as follows:

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (Antigua and Barbuda)
18th -23rd April 2013

Les Voiles d’Antibes (France)
29th May – 2nd June 2013

Argentario Sailing Week (Italy)
13th – 16th June 2013

Vele d’Epoca a Napoli (Italy)
26th – 30th June 2013

Panerai British Classic Week – British Classic Yacht Club (United Kingdom)
6th – 13th July 2013

Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (USA)
9th -11th August 2013

Nantucket Opera House Cup (USA)
15th – 18th August 2013

Mahon, X Copa del Rey de Barcos de Epoca (Spain)
27th – 31st August 2013

Newport, Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta (USA)
30th August – 1st September 2013

Cannes, Régates Royales (France)
24th – 28th September 2013


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