The 23rd edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes, the first round on the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Circuit, drew to a successful conclusion recently. The four prestige watches put up as the prizes for the 14th consecutive year by Panerai were won by Mariska in the Big Boats category, Eva in the Vintage Yachts category, Resolute Salmon in the Classic Yachts category and Tabasco 5 in the Spirit of Tradition category.
The gaff cutter Mariska, an International 15-m Class built in 1908 by William Fife in Scotland, held sway in the Big Boats, taking first place in all four races in her class. Behind her were Prince Albert of Monaco’s Tuiga, another International 15-m Class built by Fife but in 1909, and Moonbeam of Fife (1903). Also competing in the same category was another great Fife masterpiece, Cambria, launched in 1928, and celebrating her 90th year afloat at Antibes. With two wins out of her four races, the 17.5-m Eva, another gaff cutter launched by Fife in 1906, dominated the Vintage Yachts category ahead of Chinook (1916), winner of one race, and the gaff sloop, Olympian, a P-Class built in the US in 1913. In the Classic Yachts category victory went to Resolute Salmon, splashed in Brittany in 1976 by the Pichavant yard.