June 2016 – After three intense days of racing, on June 19 of 1937 in the Skylark boats Yachts Historical category Naive (1973) among the Classic Yachts and Raindrop (2014) among the Spirit of Tradition have won the prestigious Panerai replica watches up for grabs for the winners of the XVI ° Argentario Sailing Week in Porto Santo Stefano, in Tuscany.
Once again the gulf between Talamone and Porto San Stefano has not denied its reputation as a formidable race course, characterized by turquoise swiss made replica waters and the possibility of sailing very close to the coast. After the light breeze of the first day, the 40 participating boats, from 8 nations, have in fact been able to enjoy the winds of intensity up to about 15 knots and sunny days, ideal conditions to compete in spectacular races and hard-fought, on mixed paths length between 10 and 20 miles.
Skylark of 1937 it has won all three races scheduled in their category. In the past, this Marconi yawl, 16,15 meters long, has raced and won at numerous competitions in the Pacific Ocean, also beating Santana, the schooner Humphrey Bogart. In 1972 he completed a world tour and has since remained along the East Coast of the United States of America until, in 2011, its owner has switched in the Mediterranean Sea to compete in the races of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. A Skylark of 1937 was also assigned the Olin Stephens Cup, named after the American yacht designer who has designed. The famous designer, who died in 2008 at the age of 100 years, in fact, was an honorary citizen of Porto Santo Stefano, where he went to race and view the restoration of its boats.
Naive has set the stage for sucking the seasonal trophy Panerai Classic Yachts among, already won in 2012. The owner Ivan Gardini has announced its intention to also take part in the next stages of the circuit along with his crew, made up of ten fans sailors from Rome, Naples and Ravenna. Argentario has got two first places and a second place. For him the satisfaction of having also won the Challenge of Challenge, the challenge between two boats of the same group won the first that would have cut the finish line in real time. Naive has taken revenge on the sloop Marconi Sagittarius 1971, triumphed in 2015 of a similar comparison.
The small gaff sloop Raindrop, a Wianno Senior model made in 2014 and skippered by Yula Sambuy, triumphed among the Spirit of Tradition. This monotype 7.60 meters long is built right here in Tuscany and the Argentario was able to confront the twin Pyxis, Wianno and rustle of Victura.
The Enterprise Marconi yawl, built in New York in 1940, he received an award for sportsmanship assigned by the municipality of Monte Argentario. During the third race this Swedish boat, on the list for a good placement, has slowed its run to verify that the 22-meter Serenade, engaged in the recovery of a man overboard, he does not need help.
This year the great characters of the wing also raced in Porto Santo Stefano, beginning dall’inossidabile Mauro Pelaschier victorious helmsman in its category on board Leonore of 1925. On Linnet of 1905, one of the rare ‘New York Yacht Club 30’ still sailing, he sailed the ship owner and owner of Luna Rossa Patrizio Bertelli, come first in all three races of his group. With him, the sailor Max Sirena, already involved in some editions of the America’s Cup. For the third consecutive season on board the 1916 Chinook raced Andrea Lo Cicero, former player of the Italian national rugby.
Argentario the fleet was divided according to APM (subsidy Per Mile), that is, a rebate that establishes how many seconds per mile must be reduced by the actual time taken by each boat in order to obtain the compensated valid time for the ranking . The winning boats in each class were Leonore (-160 Period), Skylark of 1937 (Vintage -200), Linnet (Vintage +200), Naive (Classics -160), Madifra 2 (Classics +160), Raindrop (Spirit of Tradition).
With the conclusion of this event, organized with the technical collaboration of the Yacht Club Santo Stefano, on the Mediterranean circuit of the twelfth edition of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge approaches the middle of its path. The third round of the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2016 is set in Italy with the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia (7-11 September) but, before then, the Lord of the sea are going to compete in the mythical waters of the Solent, Isle of Wight, for Panerai British Classic Week 2016.