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24 September 2007, 03:38 pm
Museum of Yachting - Sunshine and Classic Yachts
The flag flies proudly on the Committee Boat
The flag flies proudly on the Committee Boat

Sail the World Weekend
Newport, USA

Some people preserve antiques in cabinets but today in Newport, Rhode Island, The Museum of Yachting and Panerai had 61 classic yachts racing across Narragansett Bay in heated competition at the 28th Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta.
With 35 sailboats 50 years or older and 4 which are at least 100 years of age, these ageless vessels got a chance to exhibit their speed and beauty.

There were two circles for the Saturday fleet racing with wind which started off at 12 knots and dropped to 8 with racing just over an 11 mile course.

The off-the-water festivities at The Museum of Yachting in historic Fort Adams State Park were superb with cocktails and Dixieland jazz on Friday night, healthy breakfasts at the Skippers Meeting and a lovely Saturday night dinner. The Panerai 'lounge' with its bar, comfortable couches and sailing videos was especially popular.

Racing a classic yacht and winning are a timeless combination. The class winners were Edgar CATO'S 1929 Dorade in the Met Life Fleet; Belle, Joe LOUGHBOROUGH'S 1944 sloop in the Land Rover Fleet, and Ian MCCOLOUGH' Destiny, built in 1958, won the Best Life Fleet. Winners in the other fleets were Nimble owned by David KANE in the Small Boat Division; Gary KILROY'S Pandora in the Gold Old Boats division; Andy BURTON'S Raven in Shields; Surprise, a 1930 S-Boat owned by Fred ROY; Alain HANOVER'S Columbia as the overall 12-Metre winner with Jan SLEE'S Enterprise first in the 12-Metre Modern division. The Spirit of Tradition winner was Mustang, Harvey JONES'S W-46.

Panerai presented Panerai Barometers to the winners of the Good Old Boats, Spirit of Tradition, S Boats and 12-Metre Overall divisions. Grolsch honored Neith, Van BROWN and Beth TILLMAN'S 1907 Herreshoff, celebrating her 100th birthday as the First in the Cruising Class Award. The Leiter Cup was given to the 1905 NY '30 Alera owned by Terry MCCLINCH as the first place gaff-rig boat in corrected time and also the first Herreshoff in the fleet. The Atlantic Cup for best elapsed time in fleet and the overall vintage winner Sappho Trophy went to Lars FORSBERG'S 1938 S&S Black Watch along with a Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante watch. Black Watch also won the 1st place S&S award and the Westin Fleet award.

This weekend is the last regatta in Panerai's North American segment of the Classic Yachts Challenge. Officine Panerai's timepieces partner perfectly with classic yachts as both share a commitment to quality craftsmanship and beauty. It was another wonderful Museum of Yachting event with more to come on Sunday with the Classic Yacht Parade (Newport Harbor) and the Around the Island Race (Conanicut).

Thank you again for helping ISAF celebrate 100 years of sailing - let's get out there and Sail the World!

"I am very proud to be President of the International Sailing Federation as we celebrate 100 years. What is evident is that the past one hundred years mark a period of vibrant and exciting growth for sailing. A period when the spirit of solidarity, friendship and passion for sailing has prevailed over borders, religions, genders and cultures. This weekend of 1-2 September, the "Sail the World" celebrations capture the very spirit of sailing. I am delighted at the number of events, clubs and classes all over the world partnering with ISAF as we join together to "Sail the World."' Göran PETERSSON

ISAF Centenary

Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.

Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, which will take place at at a spectacular dinner hosted by the City of Estoril at Estoril Casino on 5 November.

Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.

Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.

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