The 33rd Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta

The 33rd Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta took place over Labor Day weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. A favorite event in the community, sponsored by Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the regatta is limited to classic wooden yachts.
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 S Boat Firefly, left, on which the author crewed

S Boat Firefly, left, on which the author crewed

The 33rdMuseum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta took place over Labor Day weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. A favorite event in the community, sponsored by Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the competitors are comprised of classic wooden yachts. It also serves as the third and final event in Panerai’s Classic Yachts Challenge series which included The Corinthian Classic in Marblehead and The Opera House Cup in Nantucket.

There were eight classes and about 70 boats competing in the two-day regatta including 12 Meters, 6 Meters, S Class, two Classic Non-Spinnaker classes, Spirit of Tradition, Glass Reinforced Plastic and Classic Spinnaker. Saturday saw a northeast breeze at 10-12 knots, which held out for the first few classes and then died as the rest of the fleet made their way to the finish line just outside the harbor. Sunday began with the annual Classic Yacht Parade and was a lighter wind day, with delayed starts until the wind came up. Eventually, the breeze rose to 5-7 knots out of the southeast, and all classes raced in shifty, challenging winds.

 8 Meter Quest off Rose Island

8 Meter Quest off Rose Island

The 8 meter sloop Quest had successes at all Classic Yachts Challenge events and was the recipient of multiple Panerai watches this season. However, the overall winner of the Challenge was 12 Meter Valiant. The weekend closed with a dinner and awards ceremony at Fort Adams to celebrate a beautiful weekend of racing and appreciation for the dozens of historic boats assembled in the harbor.

Photos courtesy of Officine Panerai/Cory Silken

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