14th July – 21st July
This week the Isle of Wight welcomes the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge to Cowes. This is a great opportunity to visit the yachting centre of the world to witness the Panerai British Classic Week
The Classic Week, now in its 12th year, will take place from the 14th July – 21st July in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Since 2010, it is the only UK regatta forming part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge series, the leading international circuit for classic and vintage yachts.
This year's entry for the regatta includes some familiar “faces” such as Cetewayo, a 35' Waterline Sloop built in 1955 which has competed successfully at the Panerai British Classic Week (PBCW) in the past three years. Another familiar classic returning will be Gluckhauf, the 1929 international 30 square metre class sloop built by Abeking and Rasmussen. Although she is one of the smallest built square metres, competitors should be warned- she has earned the nickname “Flying Toothpick” in local regattas!
There are a few newcomers including Galatea, a beautiful 20m Custom built in Plym´s Yard, Stockholm, in 1899. Galatea has a long and successful history of racing as she is unusually slender and is only 12 feet at the beam, which makes her extremely fast. However, she fell into a state of despair and it wasn’t until 2002 that her current owner started restoring her to her former glory so she could race again.
With spectacular weather forecast visit either Gurnard or Cowes Beach and enjoy the drama of these classic yachts sailing in clear view.
For more information see www.paneraiclassicyachtschallenge.com