Classic and Vintage yachts, Spirit of Tradition and Metric Classes with crews from all over the world will be the focus of the Argentario Sailing Week, which takes place in Porto Santo Stefano from June 14th-19th in 2016.
The race is traditionally held in the second half of June when the heat is more sustained, and the boats are moored in the old harbour, known as The Pilarella, where crews can enjoy the historic beauty of the country and appreciate the quality of restaurants, bars and boutiques that are directly on the wharf walk.
47 boats are already subscribed to this traditional event for classic and vintage yachts now in its 17th edition, organised by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano in collaboration with the Florentine fashion house of high end watches Officine Panerai. The event is the second leg of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, reserved for vintage and classic sailboats.
The crews will sail in the Argentario Bay and beyond: in fact, this year, for the first time, competitors will have the chance to compete in the Silver Sails, a coastal race that is around 80 miles long, starting Wednesday 15th June, which will wind between the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, including the Giglio, Giannutri, Montecristo and Elba.
The fleet of the Argentario Sailing Week – Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will be divided into five categories: Classic Yachts, Vintage Yachts, Big Boats (Tall Ships), Spirit of Tradition (replicas of Vintage and Classic Yachts), metric Classes and monotypes. Officine Panerai will award the top three finishers in the Classic class, Vintage, Big Boats and Spirit of Tradition as well as the overall first in Classic, Vintage, Big Boat and Spirit of Tradition.
Among the boat “veterans” of the Argentario Sailing Week is the Chinook (1916, Herreshoff),the first to official sign up to the 2016 edition, on which this year Andrea Lo Cicero will be on board, a former pillar of the Italian national rugby team and a passionate sailor, as well as its sister vessel Rowdy (NY49). Hallowe’en (Cutter Marconi, L 24,75 mt, launched in 1926) and Eilean (Ketch Marconi, L 27,80 mt, launched in 1937) will also once again be participating both owned by Officine Panerai and on which the music video “Rio” by Duran Duran was filmed.
Making their debut in the Maremma waters will be boats like Enterprise, launched in 1939 and designed by Sparkman & Stephens, who participated in the Transpac from San Francisco to Hawaii before being moved to Europe, Atrevido of 1968, designed by Olin Stephens, and Fjord III a 50 footer designed by German Frers Senior in 1946 to participate in the Buenos Aires – Rio regatta; the boat was built in just three months and Frers managed to win the race despite his setting sail with a three-day delay. On the FB event page at www.facebook.com/ArgentarioSailingWeek you can see, comment and share detailed information with photos, stories and curiosities of the participating boats.
The Argentario Sailing Week is part of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. The first stop on the calendar was that of Les Voiles d’Antibes (1-5 June 2016). The Argentario Sailing Week of Porto Santo Stefano is the second followed by the Vele d’Epoca in Imperia (7-11 September 2016) and the Regates Royales in Cannes (20 to 24 September 2016).