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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai 2017

From 23-30 September Cannes is under the spotlight again as the 39th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai welcomes 50 Dragons and over 80 classic yachts, including several centenarians.

Just days after the Cannes Yachting Festival (12-17 September), this time Cannes looks back to the glory years of yachting playing host to gaffers, schooners, sloops, J Class yachts and one-designs from the 20th century for a full week of racing off the Lérins islands.

An exceptional lineup will include some of the world’s biggest and most famous classic yachts set to sail in the Bay of Cannes: 55m Elena of London (2009, Nathanaël Herreshoff), 40m Cambria (1928, Wlliam Fife), 38m Sunshine (2003, William Fife Junior), 35m Aschanti IV (1954, Henry Gruber), 30m Moonbeam of Fife (1903, William Fife), 35m Moonbeam IV (1914, William Fife) 27m Mariska (1908, William Fife) and 23m Tuiga (1909, William Fife built).

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39th Edition of the Regates Royales

The Régates Royales is one of the oldest sailing races in the Mediterranean, beginning in 1929 as a tribute to the King Christian X of Denmark. The yacht club de Cannes is also one of the oldest in France, dating back to 1859 when it was founded as the Société des Régates by Béchard, Tripet-Skrypitzone, de Colquhoum and Bucket, keen to organize the very first race in the Bay with yachts such as Léro, Olga, Jeannette and Touriste, as well as several local fishing and rowing boats.

The Régates Royales de Cannes is the last rendez-vous of the Trophée Panerai, a world championship which has attracted world class yachts such as  Brendan McCarty’s Rowdy, the Fighting Fort, Kelpie, Estérel, Oriole, Lulu and Rainbow III, to name a few.

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More than 45 crews from 12 different countries will criss-cross the Bay, many from far afield like the Australian Richard Franklin (Liquidity), while others come from across Europe, including 12 teams from France. Northern Europe is also well represented with the Dane Lars Broën (Hotlips), the Finns with Christian Borenius (Thouban) and Sami Salomaa (Paloma) as well as the Russians with crews who have been dominating in recent events: Anatoly Loginov (Annapurna) and Mikhail Senatorov (Integrity).

There will also be stiff competition from the UK with Yvan Bradbury (Blue Haze), from Germany with Michaël Schmidt (3M) and from Italy with veteran Giuseppe Duca (Cloud). This year two Turkish crews Ali Tezdiker (Josephine) and Ibrahim Arkun Demircan (Monday) will also line-up for the Régates Royales de Cannes 2017.


After five days of racing with typical the Cote d’Azur autumn conditions, the 39th edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai came to an end in grand style. The 15 Metre Mariska won gold in the Big Boat series with a clear score of five wins out of five races, while the One Tonner Ganbare succeeded in snatching the title to Italy’s Il Moro di Venezia by just one point.

Serial winner Rowdy added yet another victory to her long list, with Argentina’s Cippino at her heels, the 8 Metre Carron II and Linnet skippered by Torben Grael, at ease in light winds, were crowned winners in the gaff cutters classes.


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