Excitement is building up ahead of the Panerai British Classic Week that will take place from 12th to the 19th July 2014 in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Once again classic yachts from across the UK and Europe will come together to race and celebrate all that is best in classic yachting in this tenth anniversary edition of the regatta.
This spectacular event, famous for its excellent and challenging sailing conditions, will see some 50 yachts racing through The Solent, the strait separating the British mainland and the Isle of Wight.
There will be daily racing from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 July including the Around The Island Race sponsored by EFG International on Monday 14 July, the Ladies Race on Wednesday 16 July, a long inshore race sponsored by Classic Boat on Thursday 17 July and the Sandeman Yacht Company Race on Friday 18 July.
The fleet is always a spectacular sight and will once again feature a host of famous sailing yachts. This year the 1903 Charles Sibbick designed yawl Thalassa will be amongst those attending the event. Thalassa, owned by Nicholas Walker, is one of the oldest boats entered but has been beautifully restored and her interior is largely original making her a very special yacht indeed.
The youngest boat attending will be the newly launched 74’ Spirit of Galatea, designed by Sean McMillan. Built by Spirit Yachts of Ipswich, Spirit of Galatea will join Panerai British Classic Week as a cruising entry, taking part in the Around The Island Race sponsored by EFG International on Monday 14 July.
The quality of the racing is matched by the quality of the social programme which includes Mezze at Moocow on the opening Saturday, a Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Sunday, the Open Yachts Pontoon Party on Tuesday when the participants get to inspect each other’s yachts, a Crew Party and BBQ on Wednesday and the Prize Giving Dinner on Friday, as well as daily hospitality in the Panerai Lounge where cocktails will be sponsored by Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, which has been released in celebration of Mount Gay’s 311-year history. The regatta will conclude with the traditional Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green on Saturday 19 July.
Entries are still open, for further information and details about the Panerai British Classic Week please visit www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta
When: 12 – 19 July with races beginning on 13th
Where: Cowes, Isle of Wight
*All images courtesy of Panerai British Classic Week