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The 38th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta returns August 26thand 27th to celebrate classic yachts, both power and sail. Immediately following the Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta on Friday, August 25th, the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta will include a race from Bristol to Newport on Saturday, August 26th, along with racing on lower Narragansett Bay on Sunday, August 27th. The two events combined offer three days of back-to-back racing that will be known as the Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous.

Newly added for this year is a race from Bristol to Newport on Saturday, August 26th, which will include a collection of classic motor yachts rallying from Bristol to Newport. All will congregate at the Alofsin Piers at Sail Newport/Fort Adams State Park after racing. On Sunday, the Classic Yacht Parade through Newport Harbor will be followed by racing on lower Narragansett Bay in the final event of the Panerai Classic Yacht Series.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, August 24

1700-1900: Early check-in for PHCYR and PNCYR at Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol

Friday, August 25

0800-1000: Check-in for PHCYR and PNCYR at Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol
1700-1830: Check-in at Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol

Saturday, August 26

0830-0930: Check-in at Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol
0930: Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting
1155: First Warning Signal – Bristol to Newport Race
1800: Cocktail Party at IYRS, Newport

Sunday, August 27

1030: Classic Yacht Parade
1155: First Warning Signal
1800: Cocktails
1930: Awards Dinner at IYRS, Newport


About the PNCYR:

Founded in 1980 by a group of Newport-based classic yacht owners and fans who wanted to preserve and promote the culture of classic yachting, the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta (PNCYR) brings together yachts designed and built by some of the greatest American masters. Through the years, these wonderful vessels have been maintained by equally passionate and talented professionals and yacht owners. The PNCYR is the final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Winners of the Panerai series are awarded at the ceremony on Sunday evening, August 27.

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Siren (Photo by George Bekris)

Siren won both the Vintage Corinthian Class and the overall series award, based on a revised, adjusted score.

Siren is also the winner of the Overall PCYC Vintage Division and winner in Overall Best Performance Yacht, and thus, the winner of the Panerai watch.

The yacht Black Watch, owned by a syndicate, including Trevor Fetter who raced her in the regatta, had been awarded the Overall PCYC Vintage Division.

Halsey Herreshoff (Photo by George Bekris)

Halsey Herreshoff (Photo by George Bekris)

As had been reported by both the host and title sponsor, despite weather threats by Hurricane Hermine, The Newport Classic Yacht Regatta was a great conclusion to the Panerai series, including the move to town from Ft. Adams and onto the IYRS waterfront campus.  The spirit of Corinthian racing was evident throughout the weekend.

 (Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

Before Tropical Storm Hermine came to crash the party over Labor Day weekend, 45 classic yachts graced Narragansett Bay with the picture of classic elegance. Hosted by IYRS at the downtown Newport location on Thames Street, the

Before Tropical Storm Hermine came to crash the party over Labor Day weekend, 45 classic yachts graced Narragansett Bay with the picture of classic elegance. Hosted by IYRS at the downtown Newport location on Thames Street, the 37th annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, was another display of yachts who still command respect as they raced for coveted titles.

 

W-76 Wild Horses skippered by Donald Tofias (Photo by George Bekris)

W-76 Wild Horses skippered by Donald Tofias (Photo by George Bekris)

Local classic, Wild Horses, the 76- foot W-Class helmed by Donald Tofias, of Newport, won her division in the Grand Prix Yachts-Non Spinnaker.

As the oldest of the classics sailing, the New York 30 Amorita,owned by Newport’s Jed Pearsall, won the Vintage Corinthian Classic Non Spinnaker division from her sister ship, Cara Mia.

More photos of the Classic Yacht Regatta By George Bekris at George Bekris Photography

37th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Results 

Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points


Classic GRP – Non-Spinnaker (CRF – 3 Boats)
1. Windigo, Mark Treat , USA – -1 -1 ; 2
2. Seal, J. Joseph Bainton , USA – -2 -2 ; 4
3. Pandora, Gary Kilroy , USA – -4 -4 ; 8

Grand Prix Day Racers – Non-Spinnaker (CRF – 1 Boats)
1. Race Horse, Nathaniel Wilson , USA – 1 -1 ; 2

Grand Prix Yachts – Non-Spinnaker (CRF – 4 Boats)
1. Wild Horses, Donald Tofias , USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Valiant, Gary Gregory , USA – 3 -2 ; 5
3. Galavant, John Tagiuri , USA – 2 -3 ; 5
4. Arrluuk, Steve Frary , USA – 4 -4 ; 8

Vintage Corinthian Classics – Non-spinnaker (CRF – 10 Boats)
1. Siren, Peter Cassidy , USA – -1 -1 ; 2
2. Dorade, Pam Rorke Levy , USA – -3 -2 ; 5
3. Amorita , Jed Pearsall , USA – -2 -3 ; 5
4. Fortune (Class 2), John Taft / Tom Glassie , USA – -5 -4 ; 9
5. Neith (Class 2), Van Brown , USA – -4 -5 ; 9

Vintage Corinthian Classics – Spinnaker (CRF – 4 Boats)
1. Santana, Wendy Schmidt , USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Sonny (spin), Joseph Dockery , USA – 6 -2 ; 8
3. VAGABUNDO II, Robert Fabre , FRA – 6 -3 ; 9
4. Odyssey, Alfred Van Liew / David Brodsky , USA – 6 -5 ; 11

Vintage Day Racer – Non-spinnaker (CRF – 6 Boats)
1. Ruweida V , Joseph Huber , USA – -1 -1 ; 2
2. Mink, Brad Baker , USA – -2 -2 ; 4
3. Chance, Bill Kenyon , USA – -3 -3 ; 6
4. Tilly XV, Joerg Moessnang , GER – -5 -4 ; 9
5. Gamecock, Peter McClennen , USA – -4 -7 ; 11

Vintage Grand Classic – Non-Spinnaker (CRF – 2 Boats)
1. RUGOSA, Halsey Herreshoff , USA – -3 -3 ; 6
2. Ticonderoga of Greenwich, L.scott Frantz , USA – -3 -3 ; 6

Vintage Grand Classics – Spinnaker (CRF – 4 Boats)
1. Gleam, kip curren , USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Black Watch, Trevor Fetter / John Melvin , USA – 2 -2 ; 4
3. Marilee, Tim Rutter , USA – 3 -3 ; 6
4. The Blue Peter (spin), Mathew Barker , UK – 4 -4 ; 8

6 Metre CRF (CRF – 5 Boats)
1. Scoundrel, Eliza Richartz , USA – 2 -1 -1 ; 4
2. Lucie, Matt Brooks , USA – 1 -2 -2 ; 5
3. BELLE, Joe Loughborough , USA – 3 -4 -3 ; 10
4. Discovery (spin), Thomas Rodes , USA – 4 -3 -6 ; 13
5. Cherokee , Jerry Goldlust , USA – 5 -6 -6 ; 17

S Class (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Swallow, Andrew McClatchy , USA – 5 -2 -1 ; 8
2. Osprey, Sheldon Whitehouse , USA – 1 -1 -7 ; 9
3. Surprise, Fred Roy , USA – 3 -3 -7 ; 13
4. Shona, Robert Hutchinson , USA – 4 -4 -7 ; 15
5. Aquila, Geoffrey Davis , USA – 2 -7 -7 ; 16

 (Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 (Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 

The Blue Peter (Photo by George Bekris)

The Blue Peter (Photo by George Bekris)

 

Vagabundo II (Photo by George Bekris)

Vagabundo II (Photo by George Bekris)

 

The Blue Peter (Photo by George Bekris)

The Blue Peter (Photo by George Bekris)

 

(Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 

(Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 

(Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 

(Photo by George Bekris)

(Photo by George Bekris)

 

Dorade (Photo by George Bekris)

Dorade (Photo by George Bekris)

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IYRS and Museum of Yachting 36th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, NY 12 “Rowdy” passes behind the Committee boat “Carinia” (Photo by George Bekris)

Panerai North American President Rafael Alvarez and a host of others awarded the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit’s top classic racing prizes this past weekend, as well as naming the Best Overall Winner for the Museum of Yachting (MoY) 36th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta. The two day regatta took place September 5th – 6th in America’s famed racing capitol Newport, RI. Fifty-two classic sailing vessels entered the final segment of the sixth annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) North American Circuit; of which nearly 20 were eligible to win the Panerai Circuit Prizes, having competed in their respective classes in two of the three Regattas and participated in a minimum of three of the five Circuit racing days.

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The North American Circuit of the PCYC is comprised of the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (held August 8th – 9th in Marblehead, MA), the Opera House Cup (held August 16th in Nantucket, MA) and culminates with the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, which is held annually over Labor Day weekend at historic Fort Adams State Park. While the PCYC North American Circuit is celebrating six years of spirited competition under Panerai’s sponsorship, it has been 11 years since Officine Panerai, the Italian high-end watch brand, first launched their global classic yachting regatta series in 2005 and 10 years since they began hosting some of the country’s most prestigious classic yachting events in ports around New England.

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The MoY Classic Yacht Regatta Race

Saturday brought pleasant temperatures, blue skies and plenty of sunshine with early afternoon winds light out of the north at 5 knots, which delayed the race start by over two hours. While the Race Committee determined which wind direction would win out, a situation Newport sailors are accustomed to, the captains and crews patiently waited for the winds to increasingly blow from the south northward. The competitors got their wish when just after 2 p.m. the Race Committee, under the stewardship of Organizing Authority Sail Newport, announced a shortened 5.5 mile course to the north and started the race, allowing the sailors to have an afternoon of competition on Narragansett Bay before they returned to Fort Adams State Park and the Panerai Hospitality Lounge for the annual MoY CYR Cocktail Party.

"When And If" (Photo by George Bekris)

“When And If” (Photo by George Bekris)

Sunday’s more robust winds out of the southwest reached upwards of 18 knots and created perfect conditions for the entire fleet, which chartered an almost 20 mile course from the middle of Narragansett Bay, south to Rhode Island Sound and then north to circumnavigate Conanicut Island and round the island’s northern tip. The fleet finally returned south under the Newport-Pell Bridge toward Newport Harbor, followed by dozens of spectator boats cheering them on.

"The Blue Peter and "Rugosa" (Photo by George Bekris)

“The Blue Peter and “Rugosa” (Photo by George Bekris)

Prior to the race start on Sunday morning, many of the participating yachts took part in the Newport tradition of proudly hoisting their yacht club pennants and PCYC flags to circle Newport’s inner harbour for the Annual Classic Yacht Parade. From land and sea, spectators could appreciate the beauty and spirit of the wide range of classic boats, from grande dame yachts (one of which boasted a crew serenading spectators with a jolly rendition of “You Are My Sunshine”), to classic motor yachts, and a small Bantry Bay gig enthusiastically crewed by 12 uniformed rowers.

"Angelita" passes the New York Yacht Club during the parade prior to race start. (Photo by George Bekris)

“Angelita” passes the New York Yacht Club during the parade prior to race start. (Photo by George Bekris)

The MoY Prize Giving Ceremony and Special Mentions

Ahead of the MoY Regatta Dinner and the evening’s finale presentation of the Panerai North American Circuit Awards, members of the Board of Trustees representing IYRS School of Technology & Trades/Museum of Yachting presented dozens of awards recognizing spirit and classic yachting design. Of special note, MINK, a 32′ Buzzards Bay 1925 (1914), was recognized as the winner of the Tom Benson Award for Restoration, in addition to winning best performance within the Herreshoff-designed fleet and best performance of a gaff-rigged vessel.

The famous Clingstone Cannon – the award for “Best Corinthian Spirit” – was fired off for SUMMER WIND, a 37′ Carriacou Sloop Day Racer and its skipper Dennis Dowling and crew.

PCYC Regatta Committee Chair Bill Doyle took the podium midway through the dinner to pay a tribute to recently passed Newport classic sailing enthusiasts and visionaries Jack Brown and Jim Cassidy and to begin announcing the Panerai Awards.

"Valiant" US 24 (Photo by George Bekris)

“Valiant” US 24 (Photo by George Bekris)

The Official Panerai Prize-Winners

Mr. Doyle explained the distinction between the “starting classes” and the “scoring classes” and proceeded to announce that this year the Panerai 1st Place Class Winners would receive a beautifully engraved Silver Plate, presented by Mr. Alvarez, in addition to the traditional trophy winners for the Best Overall in the Vintage and Grand Prix Divisions.

For Best Overall Performance in the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, Rafael Alvarez presented a Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (PAM00514) to Newporter George Hill of WEATHERLY. The celebrated 12-Metre was the only boat to have won the America’s Cup on its second attempt, after losing to COLUMBIA in the 1958 Defender trials. Mr. Hill, who rescued and restored the racing yacht, was stunned and delighted to accept the Panerai top prize for his yacht’s performance.

Nashua, Dagger and Galavant (Photo by George Bekris)

Nashua, Dagger and Galavant (Photo by George Bekris)

Walking away with the replica Vintage Class trophy was SIREN and DAGGER took home the Grand Prix Class trophy for the Circuit. The perpetual trophies will be engraved with the winning boats’ names and placed on display at the Museum of Yachting at IYRS until next year’s competition.

PCYC NA Circuit Division Class Winners:

Grand Prix Class
Day Racer – DAGGER – A 35′ Hunt International 225 (1940), skippered by Ted Boynton
Yacht – NASHUA – A 47′ W-46, skippered by Wendy Schmidt

Vintage Class
Day Racer – ADAMANT – A 24′ Adams Interclub (1937) skippered by Mark Pincus
Corinthian Classic – SIREN – A 45′ S&S designed NY-32 skippered by Peter Cassidy
Grand Classic – WEATHERLY – A 1962 America’s Cup defender 12-Metre (1958) that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; owned and skippered by George Hill

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Among the fleet competing for the Vintage Class prizes were three 1905 Herreshoff NY-30s, as well as their successors, the NY-32 fleet designed by esteemed naval architects Sparkman and Stephens, of which SIREN was a part of this special reunion of New York Yacht Club classic yacht racers.

Among the many noteworthy competitors, a few stand outs which competed in multiple regattas comprising the 2015 PCYC North American Circuit, included WHEN AND IF, THE BLUE PETER, GALAVANT, TICONDEROGA and BLACK WATCH.

"When And If" (Photo by George Bekris)

“When And If” (Photo by George Bekris)

Panerai and Healing Sails

Panerai has dedicated at least one day of classic sailing, before or after each regatta during the PCYC North American Circuit, to sponsoring patient and caregiver sails for the community residents who live in the vicinity of the racing. Again this year, Panerai partnered with Sailing Heals, a Massachusetts-based non-profit sailing organization, along with their dedicated Host Captains to host more than 20 local ‘VIP Guests’ for a beautiful Italian-inspired lunch followed by a rejuvenating sail on five separate classic boating vessels: THE BLUE PETER, WILD HORSES, WINDIGO, GALAVANT and TOBIAS on beautiful Narragansett Bay.

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Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Report by Fiona Brown

Photos by Barry James Wilson

After five days of exciting and challenging racing at Panerai British Classic Week 2015 the weather sadly let the fleet down on the final day, when strong winds and torrential rain forced the abandonment of the sixth and final race of the series just before the start.

Whilst disappointed not to race the fleet was in agreement with the decision and happily retired to the marina to relax and prepare for the Panerai British Classic Week Gala Prize Giving Dinner.

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Griff Rhys Jones, actor, comedian and owner of the 1948 Olin Stephens 57’ Bermudan Yawl ‘Argyll’, had the gala dinner audience in stitches with anecdotes of classic yacht ownership. His analogy that “Sailing a classic boat is like taking a piece of Chippendale furniture and throwing it into the sea, and then steering other bits of Chippendale furniture within inches of it.” particularly appealed to them.

Amandine Rohmer of Panerai was then welcomed to the stage by British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC) founder Tim Blackman to present the overall victors with their trophies and unique Panerai Plates.

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

With straight wins in both Class 4 and the combined Fleet races, the 1897 William Fife III designed Cork Harbour One Design ‘Jap’, the oldest boat in the regatta and at just over 30’ one of the smallest, was named Panerai British Classic Week Champion 2015. The second time her name has been added to this illustrious trophy, the first being in 2012.

‘Jap’ was sailed this week by owner David Sherriff, Martin Payne, Toby Mumford, Lauren Fry, Mark Yeabsley, Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist Zach Purchase, and with Paralympic Gold Medallist Andy Cassell helming all the points series races, plus America’s Cup legend Harold Cudmore guest helming on Thursday. Martin Payne summed up the crew’s feelings saying, “It was a fantastic event and I’m really proud of the team. Andy helmed brilliantly, the foredeck crew (all four of them) sailed with both skill and fun, whilst Sheriff was on the main and I called the tactics. It’s wonderful when a crew really works together and that happened for us this week. The competition was tough too with so many beautiful boats that were seriously on the pace to race against.”

Photo by Barry James Wilson

Photo by Barry James Wilson

As well as a Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio watch ‘Jap’ also received the British Classic Yacht Club Racing Trophy, the Cereste Trophy and Panerai Plate for Class Four. In his acceptance speech David Sherriff thanked his fellow competitors for their hospitality, Panerai for their incredible support of the classic yacht movement and the BCYC under whose flag ‘Jap’ had the honour of sailing this week.

The Flight Trophy for the yacht placed second overall in the regatta went to Giovanni Belgrano’s ‘Whooper’, which also won the Commodore’s Cup for Class 3 for the second successive year. A 39’ Laurent Giles sloop built by Woodnutts of Bembridge in 1939, she was intended to be a shallow-draft cruiser, but her natural reaching and downwind speed exceeded expectations. Anecdotes from Peter Bruce recall Channel crossings in the 1960’s at average speeds over 10 knots – exceptional for the era!

Third place overall, the EFG International Trophy and the Event Trophy for Class 5 went to Pascal Oddo’s 1930 Q Class ‘Jour de Fete’, designed to the Herreschoff Universal Rule and skippered by America’s Cup Legend Bruno Troublé,

The Event Trophy for Class 0 was won by John Caulcutt, Jamie Matheson and Stephen Hemsley’s ‘Mariquita’. Designed by Wiliam Fife III and launched in 1911 ‘Mariquita’ was one of four 19 Metres, that raced successfully until the start of the Great War. She spent more than forty years as a houseboat on the Orwell before being fully restored by Fairlee Restorations in 1991.

Regatta Chairman Sean McMillan’s ‘Flight of Ufford’ won the Lutine Trophy for Class 1’s Modern Classics. A Spirit 52, ‘Flight of Ufford’ was designed by her owner as a fast cruiser for himself and his wife Jenny. This is her tenth year at the regatta where she has achieved considerable success over the years.

BCYC Commodore David Murrin’s ‘Cetewayo’ claimed the Corinthian Cup for Class 2. Designed by Laurent Giles and built by Morris and Latimer in 1955, this 48’ fractional sloop has been the subject of an ongoing restoration and improvement programme that has included a complete rebuild of the transom rudder and steering allowing extra winches to be installed, facilitating the use of higher performance modern race sails.

The Universal 8 Cup for the first 8 Metre was awarded to Avia Willment’s 1926 Frank Morgan Giles designed ‘Siris’, which Classic Boat ranks as one of their Top 200 most beautiful yachts in the World.

There were also a number of fun presentations such as The Stiff Drink Trophy, which went to Jeremy John’s ‘Matambu’ for sheer determination in completing the Around The Island Race, finishing precisely 1 second before the time limit. The Lallow Cup for the best-presented new entrant was awarded to ‘Jour de Fete’, and the Seamanship Award presented by Classic Boat went to Murdoch McKillop’s 8 Metre ‘Saskia’ for their rapid rescue of bowman Mark “Gonz” Gonzolez who slipped overboard during an unexpectedly quick tack.

The regatta concludes tomorrow, Saturday 25 July, with a Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green at 11.00.

Report by Fiona Brown

All Photos © Barry James Wilson

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Panerai-©JamesMitchell

 

Despite the physically demanding first few days of race the crews of the Panerai Transat Classique 2015 are continuing to push their “old ladies” as hard as they can. With such a marked contrast in the strategies chosen by the competitors, we can expect changes in the trade winds occurring in the next few days to upset the established order.

A record! Clocking up 273 nautical miles in twenty-four hours (an average of 11.4 knots), Altair has broken her previous best of 260 miles in one day. Not only that, the big schooner has covered 1,000 nautical miles in the first four days of the race (an average of 10.4 knots), thus achieving the goal Captain Stephane Benfield set for his antique vessel in the days leading up to the Panerai Transat Classiqe 2015. Surely William Fife III, the genius Scottish yacht designer, would be delighted to discover that one of his creations has performed so well eighty-four years after her launch. And positively proud after learning that another of his designs, Adventuress, the doyenne of the fleet dating from 1924, is currently leading the pack with a few minutes’ advantage over Altair. Prior to the race, pundits expected a duel between the “dragons” (nickname derived from the motifs carved into the bows of every Fife) and they haven’t been disappointed.

“We won’t give an inch”

Faced with such juggernauts, the other yachts in the race will have to redouble their efforts if they want to be in with a chance of a place on the podium… and that’s exactly what they are doing. The symbolic threshold of 200 miles per day has been exceeded by more than half the fleet, averaging eight knots, sometimes nine, day after day. And to those who thought the crews wouldn’t dare push their “old ladies” to the limit, just take a look at the figures and you’ll be convinced otherwise. Vagabundo II and Desiderata are hanging in there and their perseverance is paying off with a respectable 5th and 7th place in corrected time respectively, and with only a few hours behind the leaders. Argyll, the Stephens design from 1948, has swiped 3rd place from Gweneven with a lead of twenty small minutes, and the elegant Mylne plan from 1930, The Blue Peter, is consistently logging 200 nautical miles per day.

Messages received from the boats attest to the single-minded determination of every watch to push its sailing thoroughbred harder than the next. For example, here’s what Oren Nataf aboard Gweneven, the smallest vessel in the fleet, had to write earlier in the day: “We’ve been sailing side by side with Corto since sun up. She’s slightly faster than us but we’re a determined bunch and won’t give an inch. They’ve just put their big kite back in the locker whereas we’re still flying ours in twenty-six knots of wind. Lucas, Gildas and Clément have been at the helm and took advantage of the darkness to gain a few miles. We’re in the heat of the battle and overtook Desiderata yesterday, calling her up on the VHF as we passed. This isn’t a cruise and Gildas [Ed: sailed in several Figaros, winning some legs] has been baring his teeth…

Corto flashed at 16.6 knots!

They’re just as motivated aboard Faïaoahé, even if they ease off the throttle at night: “We start the night with three reefs in our mainsail and the yankee. Sky’s looking black, wind steady at 25 knots, gusting 30-35 in the squalls. The forecast thinks there might be 40 knots tonight. So we’re being careful. And even with this sail plan we’re clocking up 8 to 10 knots with ease. We’re seeing less of the moon as the days pass. It’s a shame, because the recent moonlit nights were splendid.” Keeping more or less shtum since the start, Corto’s crew has been knuckling down to the job of racing. Bruno Jourdren, Sonar world champion in 2013 and 2014, silver medallist in the Beijing Paralympics and winner of the 1998 Transat Ag2r, is optimistic but remains lucid: “All’s well out here after three days of very lively conditions, as you might have guessed. We decided to take things easy in light of the forecast and the expected sea state. We’ve had a few setbacks but nothing serious. The boat is once again 100 % operational. We’re currently flying the kite in a wind varying between 20 and 27 knots. Perfect conditions! She’s sliding along at 9 to 12 knots, sometimes faster. Corto’s record was beaten two days ago by Malik with a brief 16.6 knots. Everybody on board has found their feet. We are now in full racing mode! By the sounds of it we’re better off at sea at the moment. All the best, the crew of Corto.”

For Amazon the northern route continues to pay dividends and the big Stephens yawl is determined to catch up with Altair, sailing much further to the south, to claim back the lead in real time. With such hugely different routes, every change in the conditions has the potential to cause an upset on the race board. So far the big girls have been benefitting from the strong winds but the latest forecast suggests the trades might have a change of heart and cast a favourable gaze upon the smaller vessels in the race. So what are the trade winds going to do? If they ease off, expect the lighter yachts to play catch-up with their larger and heavier counterparts. This year’s Panerai Transat Classique is full of surprises and there will be more to come. Count on it!

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Rk Boat Position Depuis 4 heures Depuis 24 heures DTF
Heure UT Position Cap Vites VMG Cap Vitesse VMG Distane
1 Altair Goélette aurique / gaff schooner 1931 • 40.78m • bois / wood 18:40 UTC-20mi 22°04.89’N34°08.28’W 264 10.9 10.9 270 11.2 10.9 266.75 1611.3 nm0.0 nm
2 Amazon Yawl 1971 • 22.25m • Acier / steel 17:54 UTC-66mi 25°24.64’N33°00.85’W 258 8.8 8.8 258 8.7 8.7 208.93 1722.6 nm111.3 nm
3 Adventuress goélette aurique / gaff schooner 1924 • 31.10m • Bois / wood 18:18 UTC-42 23°33.49’N32°22.08’W 261 9.6 9.6 265 9.5 9.4 226.04 1726.7 nm115.4 nm
4 Faiaoahe Sloop 2006 • 20.14m • Aluminium 19:00 UTC 26°35.10’N32°21.14’W 265 8.2 8.0 261 8.2 8.1 197.69 1778.6 nm167.3 nm
5 Argyll Yawl 1948 • 17.50 • Bois / Wood 18:35 UTC-25min 23°27.22’N30°51.29’W 255 9.0 9.0 258 8.5 8.5 203.45 1806.5 nm195.2 nm
6 The Blue Peter Cotre bermudien / Bermuda cutter 1930 • 19.65m • Bois / Wood 19:04 UTC4min 22°13.80’N30°28.31’W 263 9.0 9.0 262 8.8 8.8 211.73 1813.1 nm201.8 nm
7 Corto Sloop bermudien / Bermuda sloop 1970 • 13.00m • GRP 18:57 UTC-3min 22°59.13’N30°02.16’W 254 8.7 8.7 252 8.2 8.1 195.87 1845.1 nm233.7 nm
8 Gweneven Sloop 1975 • 11.60m • Polyester 19:00 UTC 22°58.07’N30°00.73’W 252 8.1 8.1 252 8.3 8.2 198.05 1846.2 nm234.8 nm
9 Vagabundo II ketch bermudien / Bermuda ketch 1945 • 13.50m • Bois / Wood 17:51 UTC-69min 25°03.33’N29°52.69’W 256 7.4 7.4 259 7.7 7.7 184.33 1880.6 nm269.3 nm
10 Desiderata Ketch 1975 • 20.12m 17:53 UTC-67min 23°07.19’N29°14.06’W 250 7.2 7.1 251 7.6 7.5 180.63 1890.1 nm278.8 nm
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