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15 June 2005, 04:41 pm
More Than 50 Classic Yachts Poised For First Event
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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge
Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

Starting tomorrow, Thursday 16 June, in Porto Santo Stefano more than 50 classic yachts will sail the 8th edition of Argentario Sailing Week. Traditional yachting, classic yachts, and the fascination and exclusivity of a circuit unique in the world are entering a new phase: the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is born.
The Argentario classic yachts event was launched in 1992, and is organised by Yacht Club Santo Stefano and AIVE (Associazione Italiana Vele d'Epoca), the Italian and Mediterranean classic boats association. This year's big number of entries will be a record for the club, and confirm the moment of great interest around the classic yachting world.

Boats list includes some unique yachts as the greater Borkumriff IV, 48 meters of shooner replica with 1.164 square metres of sails; Mariette, owned by Tom PERKINS and designed by Nat HERRESHOFF, 42 metres and built in 1915; Tamara IX, owned by the famous yacht designer Doug PETERSON (Luna Rossa 2000, Louis Vuitton Cup winner); Alcor II, owned by Alessandro GUCCI; Artica II and Caroly of the Italian Navy, ocean race winners in the past; Vim, a Harold VANDERBILT design, 12 metres race boat; Tirrenia II, 1914 built auric ketch restored and owned by Gianni LOFFREDO, chairman of AIVE. The ancient yachts are Jap, a William FIFE design built in 1897, followed by Bona Fide, auric cutter built in 1899 for the Paris Olympic Games in 1900.

Boats will be docked on the Banchina Pinarella, one of the beautiful corners of little harbour town of Porto Santo Stefano, while in the nearby Piazza delle Meraviglie there will be the event's village for sailors, media, sponsor and people. Thursday 16 is arrivals and registration day; from Friday 17 to Sunday 19, three races will be sailed around Argentario and between Porto Santo Stefano and Talamone, on the Tuscany coast. Many social events are planned for sailors and guests by organisers and the sponsor Officine Panerai. Don't miss the exclusive exibition with the original drawings of Nathaniel HERRESHOFF (1848-1938), one of the most successful and famous designer in the yachting history. Later in the Village there will be a public meeting with Tom PERKINS, Olin STEPHENS and Nicola SIRONI.

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - 2005 Events

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will name five events of the CIM Circuit (Argentario, Port Mahon, Porto Rotondo, Cannes and St Tropez), three ocean-going regattas from the Balearics, Cannes and St Tropez, and another highly prestigious event (La Spezia): these form the great challenge launched by Officine Panerai in collaboration with the AIVE (Associazione Italiana Vele d'Epoca - 'Italian Classic Yachts Association'), the CIM (Comité International de la Méditerranée) and the Yacht Club organizers.

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge joins together in one circuit some of the most important events and participants in the world of classic yachts, adding its own contribution to a phenomenon which is growing significantly throughout the world and particularly in the Mediterranean. The number of enthusiasts is increasing, as is the number of yachts which have been saved, restored and maintained in perfect condition, according to the original constructional details.

The presence of Panerai is planned to enrich each event with new elements and to encourage the participation of yacht owners and enthusiasts. Today Panerai is one of the most prestigious brands in haute horlogerie and its history represents a proud example of research, innovation and tradition, as well as being irrevocably linked with great nautical exploits and the sea.

The association of classic yachting and the Panerai brand is based on common values which make it particularly strong and destined to last for a long time. From this year and for three years, with an option for a further three, the circuit will consequently be called the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge and it will be enhanced with new developments and events. Panerai will also be the circuit's official time keeper.

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