HALLOWE’EN, LINNET AND GANBARE TAKE HOME THE 2017
PANERAI CLASSIC YACHTS CHALLENGE SEASON TROPHIES
Hallowe’en (Big Boats) Linnet (Vintage Yachts) and Ganbare (Classic Yachts) emerged as the winners on September 30 of the three season trophies for the 13th Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at the end of the 39th Régates Royales de Cannes. In doing so, the trio added their names to the roll of honour of the leading international classic sailing circuit which has been sponsored by the prestige Florentine luxury sports watch maker since 2005.
The French regatta was the fourth and final stage on the Mediterranean Circuit after stages at Antibes (FR), Porto Santo Stefano (ITA) and Mahon (ESP). Around 90 craft sailed into Cannes for the event. All five scheduled races went ahead on courses that varied in layout and length. After nine years of competing, the Bermudan cutter Hallowe’en, launched in 1926 by the legendary Fife shipyard of Fairlie in Scotland, finally took the title of season champion in the Big Boats category.
The 10.49-metre Bermudan sloop, Ganbare, built from red cedar at the Carl Eichenlaub in San Diego in 1973, made it two in a row when she repeated her 2016 season victory in the Classic Yachts category. This is the first time since 2007 that a yacht has won the category for two consecutive years, providing further confirmation of the brilliance of the design by Californian Doug Peterson, who passed away last June in San Diego.
Ganbare’s English owner since 2013, Don Wood publically dedicated the victory to the yacht designer – Ganbare was Peterson’s first design and catapulted him to fame as one of the world’s most renowned naval architects. This year, Ganbare skipped only the Mahon round and at Cannes fended off some very tough competition until the last from the 20-metre Il Moro di Venezia I (1976) and the 11-metre Ardi (1968).
Ganbare was racing under the colours of the Royal Thames Yacht Club and Royal Malta Yacht Club. This impressive result coincides with the 10th anniversary of her last and most extensive renovation at the Pezzini yard in Viareggio in 2007.
In the International 5.5-Metre Class grouping, overall victory went to Merk Holowesko’s Bahamian boat, New Moon, after eight races. Pitch (2006) took 4 wins out of 8 races, earning her the top step of the Tofinou 9.5 podium. The winners of the individual classes into which the Régates de Cannes fleet was divided were: Mariska (Big Boats), Maria Giovanna II (Classic Yachts), Rowdy (Vintage Marconi > 15 m), Carron II (Vintage Marconi < 15 m), Linnet (Vintage Gaff), Ganbare (Classic Racer), Tabasco V (Spirit of Tradition), Carron II (Challenge Gaston Schmalz for the first of the International 8-Metre Classes built before 1965). A 44-strong Dragon fleet also converged on Cannes and, after 9 races, final victory went to British boat, Blue Haze, owned by Ivan Bradbury.
Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watch-making, for many decades Officine Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997. Today Officine Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. The latter are a seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.
PANERAI CLASSIC YACHTS CHALLENGE
In honour of its historic links to the sea, Officine Panerai has promoted classic sailing culture for many years through its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international circuit for these vintage craft. In 2007, the company also acquired and restored the Bermudan ketch Eilean. Built in 1936 by the legendary Fife yard at Fairlie in Scotland, she is now the brand’s ambassador at vintage and classic boat rallies and regattas.
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