Cowes still drawing the best
More than 70 classic yachts have confirmed their attendance at the renowned regatta in the Solent
After a series of successful racing in the Mediterranean, Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) finally reaches British shores for its only UK leg of the circuit at Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Panerai British Classic Week takes place from 18th – 25th July 2015.
This year marks a historic milestone as the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes is celebrating its 200th anniversary which has attracted a record number of 70 confirmed classic yachts from around the world – an impressive entry list including some of the most famous grande dames of the sea.
Leading the international visitors are French America’s Cup legend Bruno Troublé who will skipper the yacht ‘Jour de Fête’ from 1930, as well as beautiful ‘Eleonora’ which at 50m long is the largest yacht entered this year. Also returning to the UK coast will be the spectacular 29m long ‘Mariquita’, built in 1911 at the renowned Scottish boat yards in Fife which also built Eilean, the Bermudan ketch acquired and restored by Officine Panerai.
Other notable competitors this year include the oldest yacht of the regatta, the delightful ‘Jap’ from 1897 who was also winner of the Panerai British Classic Week in 2012; or the Modern Classic ‘Soufriere’, which famously starred in the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale.
The winning yacht in each class will be awarded a Panerai watch, courtesy of the Florentine luxury sports watchmaker which is sponsoring the leading international classic sailing circuit for the 11th consecutive year.
Not only will the Panerai British Classic Week offer spectacular racing sights and the chance to admire these beautiful yachts side by side, the regatta will also offer an entertaining onshore programme. The Panerai Lounge, based at Cowes Yacht Haven, will be open daily to provide competing crews refreshments in the morning and a drinks reception every evening to celebrate the daily price giving, followed by live music opposite the Lounge. The traditional “Open Yachts” Pontoon Party will take place on Tuesday, 21st July and the regatta will conclude with the famous Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron on Saturday the 25th July.