August 24, 2018 – Newport Rhode Island – The inaugural Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous started on Thursday afternoon with the Newport to Bristol Feeder Race Sponsored by Gowrie Group and PURE Insurance. A total of 28 Classic Yachts raced up Narragansett Bay in champagne sailing conditions before enjoying the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s ‘Living Boat Show and welcome cocktail party’.  

( Photo © George Bekris )

The Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta concluded in Bristol today with the 12 Metre Columbia named as the overall winner. The points collected by the teams will add to the overall series standings in the five Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge regattas which concludes this weekend at the 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta.

The Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta is a two-day regatta of classic yachts that had 42 Classics competing against one another on upper Narragansett Bay. The course comprised of a middle distance buoy race. The 12 Metre Columbia was both first across the line and was first overall on corrected time.

Bill Lynn, President and Executive Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum said “The Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge speaks to everything we do here at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. To be able to provide a world class classic yachting regatta here in a venue steeped in history is truly fantastic. The conditions here were perfect and it’s great to see boats such as the 12 Metre Columbia both first across the line and taking the overall win in the Grand Prix Spinnaker Class. My thanks goes to Panerai and our many supporting sponsors.”



Tomorrow sees the start of the second half of the Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous begin as the 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta begins with a distance race from Bristol to Newport. Jamie Hilton, Executive Chairman of the event said “We have so many exquisite classic yachts of all shapes and sizes in New England and along the Atlantic coast , where better to have them congregate every year than in the sailing capital of the USA, Newport Rhode Island!”. The distance race is followed by the highly popular Classic Yacht Parade where members of the public have the opportunity to watch and learn about the numerous classic yachts competing at an event hosted at Gurney’s Resort and Marina. After the parade competitors will race a bouy race in lower Narragansett Bay before the winner of the overall North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is crowned in Newport, Rhode Island.

Results: Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta:

1st Grand Prix: Columbia

1st Vintage Corinthian Classic Spinnaker: Sonny

1st Vintage Day Racer Spinnaker: Leaf

1st Vintage Corinthian Classic Non Spinnaker: Neith 


1st Vintage Grand Classic Spinnaker: Black Watch 

Blackwatch (Photo © George Bekris)

1st Vintage Grand Classic Spinnaker: Black Watch 

1st Grand Prix Non Spinnaker: Wild Horses 

1st Vintage Grand Classic Non Spinnaker: Eros

Full results to follow…

Sonny, winner of the Panerai Watch (Photo © George Bekris)


The 38th edition of the Marblehead Classic Yacht Regatta ran August 10th-12th at the Marblehead Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA.  The Yacht club was founded in 1885  and was the perfect setting for the beautiful classic yachts. The race teams enjoyed the hospitality, parties and commaradie that is traditional among classic yacht racers.

Tough racing was called for Saturday for rain and lack of wind the sailors in this year’s Marblehead Classic Yacht Regatta were relieved when the rains let up and the sky cleared on Sunday. The Sunday conditions were favorable to get some racing in and the yachtsmen could not have been happier to get out on the course and get things moving.

The one-day race featured staggered starts, so that the smaller fleets like the International One Design and the schooners like the 128-foot “Altair” and the 160-foot “Columbia” could finish on corrected time – around the same time – and this was the case as the entire 50-strong fleet headed straight for the mouth of Marblehead Harbor on Sunday afternoon just off the lighthouse.

In the schooner fleet, the win in the Vintage Grand Classic went to the 63-foot schooner “When and If” with “Altair” second and the Schooner Columbia third.

The win was all in the family, however as the captain of the Schooner Columbia Seth Saltzman is the owner of the “When and If,” and his younger brother Dylan is her captain.

In the Vintage Corinthian Yacht – Spinnaker Division – first place went to the Sparkman & Stephens designed “Sonny,”  and the New York 32 “Siren,” who won the non-spinnaker division.

The Nathaniel Herreshoff designed Buzzard’s Bay 25 “Resolute,” won took first in the Grand Prix Yachts non-spinnaker fleet.

The 12-metre “Valiant,” owned by Gary Gregory of Marblehead won in the Grand Prix Yachts Spinnaker Division.

North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge begins with the following result at the end of the Marblehead weekend:

2018 Final Full Race Results (PDF Format)
2018 Results by Panerai Class Only (PDF Format)
2018 Order of Finish (PDF format)
2018 Series Results (PDF format)

View more photos of the event by George Bekris at Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta 2018

That’s a wrap to a great event and the classics will continue throughout New England during August and September.