After rounds at Antibes (FR), Porto Santo Stefano (ITA) and Mahon (ESP), the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international classic sailing circuit, reaches its official conclusion at Cannes between September 26 and 20. The 39th edition of Les Régates Royales de Cannes will culminate in the presentation of the end-of-season Panerai Trophies in the Vintage Yachts, Classic Yachts and Big Boats categories. The winners’ names will be added to the circuit’s Roll of Honour at the end of a very successful season: more than 250 historic craft, manned by around 2,000 crew, competed in the various stages of this year’s Challenge.
In all, just under 90 yachts from more than 10 different nations will be converging on Cannes where they will be split into different categories according to their sailing rigs and year of construction. This is one of the world’s largest and most diverse historic boat fleets built between the end of the 19th century and the 20th century to designs by the great international yacht designers and yards, not least Fife in Scotland, Herreshoff and Sparkman & Stephens in the US, and Camper & Nicholsons in England. Also attending will be a fleet of at least 40 Dragons. . The prize-giving ceremony takes place on September 30, in the Vieux Port, where the boats will be moored throughout the event.