Please select your home edition
Clipper Ventures

Panerai British Classic Week 2018 - Preview

by Kim Jackson 13 Jul 2018 09:41 PDT 14-21 July 2018
Panerai British Classic Week day 6 © Ingrid Abery /

Every July the old port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight and the legendary Solent – the strait separating the island from the mainland, famous for its unique and challenging combination of winds and tides – plays host to Panerai British Classic Week, which perfectly represents the high-end sports watch brand's commitment to the sea world, bringing together sailing enthusiasts from the UK and abroad.

Spectacular classic yachts will gather in Cowes Yacht Haven, the beating heart of the Isle of Wight's sailing community, to take part in the various races and activities. Highlights include the spectacular Concours d'Elegance (15th July), which will see all competing classic yachts and classic motor boats parade past the Royal Yacht Squadron, as well as the popular Open Yachts Pontoon Party on Tuesday, 17th July. For the first time this year, the race committee are delighted to host the NAB Tower Race, a day race around the Nab Tower which lies to the East of the Solent.

Close to 50 classic yachts have currently signed up for this year's regatta, amongst them some familiar faces, such as Saskia (1931), Cetewayo, or Flight of Ufford. Other outstanding yachts joining the regatta include Kismet (1898) and Suvretta (1924).

This year will also mark the first ever Panerai Challenger Trophy, a three-year project created by Panerai and the Royal Yacht Association (RYA): a new award that recognises an outstanding young person between the age of 8 – 18 years who has embraced the power of sailing or windsurfing to achieve a triumph that inspires us all. Through the RYA's OnBoard programme, all OnBoard clubs and training centers were encouraged to nominate a young sailor to win the Panerai Challenger Trophy.

In total, 40 applications from OnBoard sailing clubs were submitted, of which four young finalists were selected; each of them has overcome physical, economic or social challenges to achieve a significant milestone within sailing or windsurfing.

The trophy has been created by acclaimed design Duo Pinch Design, whose work is known to celebrate simplicity of form, the purity of a good shape and our emotional connection with the elements around us. Suitably to the occasion, the trophy will be made from wood, inspired by the craft of classic boat building. In addition, Panerai will also provide funding to the winner's and the winner's sailing club, as part of their ongoing support towards sailing and yachting for the next generation.

The runners-up and their respective sailing club will receive funding, too.

The trophy will be handed to the winning sailor during a dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron on the 17th July; the four finalists will be attending the Awards dinner, as well as the team behind Pinch Design (Oona and Russell Pinch) and Ian Walker, two-time Olympic medallist.

After the Panerai British Classic Week, the next Mediterranean regatta in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will be Vele d'Epoca di Imperia, in North Western Italy, 5 – 9 September.

Find out more at

Related Articles

Panerai British Classic Week overall
Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford wins Yacht of the Regatta trophy This year's fleet of 50 timeless classic yachts enjoyed a week of technically challenging races in perfect conditions in the Solent. Posted on 21 Jul 2018
Panerai British Classic Week day 5
Following seas and wind shifts in the Solent A leisurely start on day five of Panerai British Classic Week whilst crews relaxed in the sunshine waiting for the wind to fill in. By 1pm the breeze had established in the north east and the racing was planned in the east of the Solent. Posted on 20 Jul 2018
Panerai British Classic Week day 4
A high energy inshore course plus Ladies Day Yet another stunning day on the Solent as Royal Yacht Squadron Chief Racer Officer Dai Prichard kicked off proceedings with the briefing at 9.30am. Day four saw the 6 Metres and Classes 1-4 race a high energy inshore course in the morning. Posted on 18 Jul 2018
Panerai British Classic Week day 3
Historic sailing around the NAB Tower An early start on day three of Panerai British Classic Week as crews prepared to take on the inaugural NAB Tower Race. Posted on 17 Jul 2018
Panerai British Classic Week day 2
Tidal tacticians triumph Cowes was again drenched in sunshine as day two of Panerai British Classic Week began. With the scheduled NAB Tower Race postponed until Tuesday to make the most of the forecasted stronger winds, Monday began with a briefing and a planned start for 11am. Posted on 17 Jul 2018
Panerai British Classic Week preview
Attracting world-class classic yachts from across the globe The fleet of timelessly gorgeous yachts will do battle in a series of extremely technical and demanding races with both wind conditions and changeable tides testing the crews' skills to the limits. Posted on 5 Apr 2018
Panerai British Classic Week overall
Giovanni Belgrano's Whooper wins overall The yachts enjoyed one final elegant sashay around the Central Solent to complete Panerai British Classic Week. The 6 and 8 Metres started separately, but Classes 1 to 4 came together on the Royal Yacht Squadron line for their final massed start. Posted on 15 Jul 2017
Panerai British Classic Week overall
'Whooper' declared overall winner Panerai British Classic Week came to a spectacular conclusion with one final round the cans race for all classes in glorious sunshine and a perfect Solent sea breeze. Royal Yacht Squadron Racing set courses that took the fleet west down Cowes Green. Posted on 25 Jul 2016
Panerai British Classic Week day 5
Whooper wins Classic Boat Long Inshore Race The fifth day of Panerai British Classic Week produced some interesting weather, some challenging racing and confirmed of the overall winner in several classes. The 6 and 8 Metre Classes raced two further round the cans races. Posted on 21 Jul 2016
Panerai British Classic Week day 4
An incomparable day's sailing in the Solent Tim Blackman of the 1947 Philip Rhodes Bermudan Yawl Infanta summed up day four of Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes perfectly saying, "An incomparable day's sailing in the Solent for incomparable yachts." Posted on 21 Jul 2016
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomMarine Resources BOTTOMMelges 14 2019 Footer