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Regates Royales 30.09.2017


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After five days of racing with typical the Cote d’Azur early autumn conditions -sunny skies and light winds- the 39th edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai came to an end in grand style. The 15 Metre Mariska got gold in the Big Boat series with a clear score of five wins out of five races, while the One Tonner Ganbare succeeded in snatching the title to Italy’s Il Moro di Venezia by just one point. “Serial winner” Rowdy added yet another victory to her long list, with Argentina’s Cippino at her heels, the 8 Metre Carron II and Linnet skippered by Torben Grael, particularly at ease in light winds, were crowner winners in the gaff cutters classes. Save the date for September 2018, for the 40th edition.

The 39th edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai was marked by a sweet sea-breeze, a light south-easterly building in the early afternoon and later,decreasing and dying towards sunset, by close racing at sea and lively social events ashore. This year several new entries debuted in Cannes, to the likes of the two P-Class Olympian and Chips skippered by Marc Audineau and Bruno Troublé respectively, that duelled all week to get gold in the gaff cutters’ class, or Stéphane Richer’s tiny Ellad , a gorgeous Fife-designed canoe-stern from 1937 and the fast Fjord III by Argentinean German Frers Senior; from François Ramoger’s 6 Metre Azaïs designed by François Camatte and totally restored by his grandson, to Italy’s Ardi (ex-Kerkyra II), a 1968 One Tonner by the famous American firm Sparkman & Stephens.

A light south-easterly was on the menu for the last race, crucial to define the podium positions in several classes. First boat to cross the finish line in real time was, Mariska, that showed excellent speed in light air as did Fabien Després’ Viola, Cholita skippered by Italian Bruno Catalan, and Daniel Sielecki’s Cippino from Argentina.

Brazilian star Torben Grael drove NYYC 30 Linnet, owned by Italian Patrizio Bertelli, to the highest step of the podium, with P Class Olympian in second and Viola in third.

In the Classic Racers’ class Don Wood’s One Tonner Ganbare reshuffled the cards on the very last day, snatching victory from the Italian Maxi Il Moro di Venezia skippered by Massimiliano Ferruzzi by just one tiny point. Gold also went to French Jean-Pierre Sauvan’s Maria Giovanna II in the Vintage Marconi class whilst Karl Lion’s Tabasco 5 dominated in the Spirit of Tradition division with four wins.

“We had very good racing for the Dragons, the 5.5 and the Tofinou, despite light wind conditions, thanks to the good work from the Race Committees we could launch at least a race every day. I wish to thank all those who worked so hard this week. And everything went very well for the classics too, with an ideal setup for such gorgeous boats. See you next year in Cannes for the 40th edition!” Declared Jacques Flori, President of Yacht Club de Cannes

“On a sports level everything worked out well, no matter the light wind. Ashore, the social events were also a success, especially the Birthdays’ Night. The media coverage has been good, and the volunteers did a great job. We hope to be able to offer even more opportunities to enjoy fully the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai for the locals and the tourist next year.” Said Pascal Gard, COO Régates Royales de Cannes

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Serial sailors
German Frers

Is this your first time in Cannes?
“No, I’ve been here before with my boat Sonny, three years ago.”

And this year you are back with Fjord III
“Yes, this is a very special boat for me, it used to belong to my father when I was five years old. It’s the first boat I’ve sailed with and a very good one, a real racer that won the Bermuda Race in 1954. My father was also a yacht designer, he was passionate about sailing, he taught me the fundamentals and he’s the reason why I chose to be in this business. And so it’s my son, since twenty years, carrying on the family tradition. “

You have created a lot of different boats, haven’t you?
“Yes, quite a few. I’ve designed all the old Maxis like Ragamuffin, Il Moro di Venezia and some America’s Cup boats, Il Moro, Luna Rossa…”

What do you think of the new AC protocol and the news that have been announced?
“I’m very happy that it is going to be monohulls, that there will be a nationality rule and the boat will have to be built in the team’s country. We go back to the tradition of the America’s Cup and for me it makes sense. I have a lot of admiration for multihull sailors but I think it’s a different sport.“

Will you be working with Luna Rossa again?
“We worked together since 2000, I don’t know about the future, it’s too early to say.”

How is it going with Fjord III in Cannes?
“We are second in the overall I think, we won yesterday and today’s race so the final results are still to be decided in this last round.”


Regates Royale 29.09.2017

Press release, Friday, September 29

Consistency pays

Last racing day for the 44-boats strong Dragon fleet, that closed the event in style. UK’s Yvan Bradbury was declared the winner of the 39th Régates Royales de Cannes, with Russia’s Anatoly Loginov getting silver. Classic yachts had one more race on a triangular course, better defining the overall scoreboard, in view of tomorrow’s final round.

Even before the Dragons got on the race course, set east of the famous Palm Beach, there were few doubts that UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze, was going to win the 39th edition of the Régates Royales, thanks to a solid margin on Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna. The British team only had to control the Russians to be on the safe side and take the trophy home with him, with France’s Jean Bréger on Ulysse and Germany’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade on Pow Wow battling for bronze. At the end of the day, Bradbury and his crew managed to finish in 24th place and grab victory with a six-points advantage on the Russians.

The last race was crucial to define the remaining top spots. The course shortened due to an extremely light and shifty wind, it was German Pedro Rebelo de Andrade to finish second and make it to the third step of the podium.

Among the 5.5, Merk Holowesko from Bahamas on New Moon is still leading with an impressive series of six wins out of eight races, with Swiss Christian Bent Wilhemsen on Otto in second. In the Tofinou class France’s Patrice Riboud on Pitch snatched victory from England’s Edward Fort on Pippa.

The Classics benefitted from a light wind to complete a race on a triangular course, with Cambria and Mariska duelling for the leadership, the latter winning yet another race in corrected time. Olympian, totally at ease in light airs, succeeded in leaving behind his nearly sistership Chips, skippered by Bruno Troublé. Likewise Brendan Mc Carty’s NY-40 Rowdy and Q Class Leonore skippered by Italian Mauro Piani crossed in first and second respectively, whilst Argentinean Daniel Sielecki’s Cippino only managed to finish in eighth place today, losing several points in the overall. These three boats will have the last say tomorrow for overall victory in the regatta.

Among the smaller Marconi class, world-famous yacht designer German Frers, helming Fjord III, the boat designed by his father in 1947, scored a first and is now separated by just point from Angelo Mozzarella’s Carron II. Today’s slightly stronger air also favoured the One Tonner Ganbare skippered by Don Wood, with Italy’s Maxi Il Moro di Venezia owned by Massimiliano Ferruzzi closing in second.

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Serial sailors
Jacques Fauroux

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
Naval architect Jacques Fauroux is known internationally for his many winning boats, like the Quarter Ton Cup Bullit and Three Quarter Ton Cup Maligawa or the 8 Metre Gaulois

Jacques Fauroux, you’re an aficionado of the Régates Royales de Cannes, who are you sailing with this time?
“I helped restoring Azaïs, a 6 Metre designed by François Camatte in 1933 and built here in Cannes for the Swiss owner Armand Martin. She was almost completely re-built by the shipyard Phonem’s staff and François Ramoger, François Camatte’s grandson. It was a huge task, almost all the ribs, the structure around the mast foot, 20% of the hull and the rig were replaced because the boat lied abandoned in the Netherlands. The owners wanted to take the boat to her initial state and almost all the equipment is original.”

And you helped with the restoration?
“Yes, as far as the rig is concerned. Azaïs spent most part of her life in Switzerland because he was owned by a member of the local yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève. He kept and cared for the boat until 1951, when he expired and later his son raced her before she passed hands to several other owners.”

You’ve been involved in the designed of a few 8 Metre, right?
“Yes, the first 8 Metre I’ve designed was Gaulois in 1983 for Gaston Schmalz: the hull was aluminium, that was a first for the class. I took part to the America’s Cup on France III between 1981 and 1983 in Newport, and that inspired me as far as materials were concerned because at the time there were no restrictions and the weight was to be similar to that of wooden boats. Later, in 1986 I designed Gitana Sixty to celebrate baron de Rothschild’s sixtieth birthday, with a wooden deck and an aluminium hull, and four other identical 8 Metres called the Pandoras: La Fayette, Dora, Aluette and another one that has never been completed. The youngest one is Fleur de Lys , that was built in 2001 and I designed together with my son Nicolas. »

Have the boats changed much, since the inception of the International Rule in 1907?
“The 8 Metre haven’t changed much because there are few new boats but, on the other hand, there are more and more racing in the Classic division.”

Technical specs of a 6 Metres like Azaïs:
Designer: François Camatte
Builder: Chiesa de Cannes (1933)
LOA: 11,00 m
LWL: 7,00 m
Beam: 1,85 m
Draft: 1,60 m
Displacement: 40 000 kg
Sail area: 43 sq. m

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Yacht Classique, métriques, Tofinou, 5.5 M JI
Boats and classes
The forerunners

The fist ever “box rule” in the history of yachting was conceived by two German yacht clubs, the Kaiserlicher Yacht-Club and the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, that created a new sail-racing rating concept, with design and crew restrictions -women were not allowed on board- that can be considered as the forerunners of modern, big and powerful yachts.

Apparently the initial concept dates back to 1792, when the Builder’s Old Measurement rule was established and used to calculate fishing boats’ tonnage and therefore the taxes they should pay. The same rule was also adopted to measure leisure yachts in England up until 1855, when it was replaced by the Thames Measurement.

The Sonder Class was also the first “box rule”, having being conceived in 1898 and stated that the waterline length and the max draft total sum should not excess 9,75 metres with a maximum sail area of 51 sq. metres and a weight of 1,830 kilos. The crew should be made of three corinthian sailors, who needed to be member of a yacht club based in the country where the boat was built. Boats should also not cost more than 250 £ (that is 5,100 German marks) of the time. The first ever race reserved to the Sonder Class, the Emperor’s Cup, was held in 1900 during the Kiel Sailing Week and was a tribute to Wilhelm II of Prussia, with seventeen yachts taking part.

The Prince’s boat
Tilly was built for Prince Heinrich von Preussen, brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia in 1912 and won the Kiel Week in the year of her launch. The prince owned, it seems, seventeen boats and they were all called Tilly and were all Sonderklasse. “Apart from some restoration works in 1996 in a shipyard in Munich, the boat is very much in her original state.” Says Jörg Mössnang, owner of Tilly XV.“The American crews have been coming to Germany since 2000, as it happened in the early 20th century when there was a friendly relationship between the Kaiser and the President of the USA, where the Sonder Class is still quite active.” At the time, it was the American presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson the Kaiser himself to award the winners.

Technical specs Tilly XV :
Designer: Wilhelm von Hacht
Builder: Wilhelm von Hacht (1912)
LOA: 12,00 m
LWL 6,00 m
Beam: 2,25 m
Draft: 1,50 m
Displacement: 1 870 kg
Upwind sail area: 51 m2

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Regates Royales 28.09.2017

Tight at the top
A good breeze of around twelve knots and flat seas made for an ideal setting of day 3 of the Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai. Classics had their double-lap triangular course set in the Bay of La Napoule, with the overall scoreboard taking a more defined shape. In the Juan Gulf the air was lighter and shifter, forcing the Race Committee to wait until the early afternoon to be able to launch two races for the Dragons, the 5.5 and the Tofinous

The weather pattern was no different today – light in the morning, developing into a south-easterly, increasing to 12-14 knots later in the afternoon, the third episode of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai was characterized by a steadier and stronger wind, putting tacticians, navigators and sailors’ skills to the test.

It was Mariska to cross the finish line in first among the big boats, the 23 Metre Cambria and the others unable to keep her pace, piling up more valuable points and increasing her margin after three races. Similarly, other longer and more powerful boats, like the Italian Maxi Il Moro di Venezia showed that quality counts more than age. The two 12 Metre France and Chancegger seems to like stiffer winds better, as do the One Tonners Ganbare (1973), Resolute Salmon (1976) , Sagittarius (1974) and Galvana (1975).

Brazilian star Torben Grael, helming the NYYC30 Linnet shined among the gaff cutters, accumulating a solid margin on her immediate pursuers, the Marc Audineau’s P Class Olympian and the two New-Yorkers designed by Nathanaël Herreshoff, Jonathan Greenwood’s NYYC40 Chinook and the NYY50 Spartan skippered by Justin Burman. Despite a fourth place, Italian Luigi Pavese’s Samurai leads among the Classics on Jean-Pierre Sauvan’s Maria-Giovanna II, and French skipper Philippe Monnet on Lys winning today’s round.

In the Marconi class, Argentinean Daniel Sielecki’s Cippino got a win on Brendan Mc Carty on Rowdy with Leonore skippered by Mauro Piani in third on both the day’s and the overall results board. Angelo Mazzarella’s Carron II despite a second place in today’s race, won by German Frers’s Fjord III, is still on top of the smaller Marconi scoreboard.

Weather conditions are expected to further improve tomorrow, with slightly stronger winds.

A Russian-British duel

After some waiting, a light breeze also set on the Juan Gulf where the race course is set for the Dragons. Two crews were caught over the line with a black flag and were therefore disqualified: French Stéphane Baseden on Outlaw and Russia’s Vasily Senatorov on Even Better. The fight for victory was, once more, a thing between UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze and Russian Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna. The day’s second W/L race further confirmed the leadership by the two crews, who will more than likely finish on the series’ podium, finishing tomorrow, while Germany’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade on Pow Wow, France’s Jean Bréger on Ulysse, British female skipper Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on Jerboa and Russia’s Igor Goikmberg on Zenith can still aspire to the bronze.

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Serial sailors
Torben Grael: a family affair

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
Brazilian sailing star Torben Grael has done it all, and almost won it all. He says classic yachts are his fist-time love and explains how sailing is a true family affair for the Grael’s dinasty.

Is this your first time in Cannes?
“No, I raced here with by brother back in 2007, on Wright on White a 12 Metre, originally called New Zealand KZ3. This year I was invited to sail with Linnet. I love classic yachts, I own a 6 Metre from 1912 and being here is a nice opportunity to see so many wonderful boats.”

You are sailing with Linnet, that is Patrizio Bertelli’s boat right? Any news you can give us on the America’s Cup?
“There is nothing officially defined yet. I’ve been sailing with Prada Luna Rossa for ten years, I have a lot of friends working for the team. I like sailing with Patrizio and enjoying my time here in Cannes, we’ll be in Saint-Tropez next week racing together on Linnet.”

You’ve done the Games, The America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and now you’ve turned to classic yachting?
“No, actually I’ve learned to sail on this kind of boats, the one I have now used to be my grandfather’s and she won a silver medal in 1920 in Stockholm. She’s beautiful, a gaff cutter originally. It’s nice to come to Cannes and see so many gorgeous old yachts, we haven’t so many in Brazil. But for us is a family affair. My brother Lars (also an experienced sailor and an Olympic medallist) has a 6 Metre from 1933, and our uncles have one 5.5 and a Dragon. We also love cruising boats.”

Your daughter Martine also won a golden medal in Rio 2016 and she’s embarking for her first Volvo Ocean Race, it’s a real sailing dynasty…
“Well, she’s third generation. My uncles went to games in Acapulco and Kiel, in the Star and Soling class. My brother Lars and myself were on it from 1984 up to Athens 2004, and now is Martine, but my son Marco also sails a 49er and finished eleventh in Rio. It’s a nice thing to see.”

Do you think it will be harder for a girl?
“Yes it is quite tough but I think introducing the rule of having a maximum of seven male and two female crew members was very positive. It will help having more girls doing offshore top events.”

Boats and classes
From Cowes with love

At the eve of the 20th century, yachting becomes more popular in both the USA and in Europe and designers start creating boats specifically conceived for the local conditions. Concepts and crew skills differ hugely at a time when yachts start to be transported by rail from one country to the other. The Godinet rule, adopted in 1892 by the Union des Yachts Français (French Yachting Union) quickly spread all over Europe until 1901 when a more restrictive rating, the jauge Méran, was embraced. The Godinet rating rule was also used by the Cercle de la Voile de Paris in 1899 for the first championship reserved to One Tonners, Un Tonneau in French, that later became the famous One Ton Cup.

Bona fide
One of the aficionados of the Régates Royales de Cannes and one of the best example of yacht designed based on the Godinet rule, is gaff cutter Bona Fide, built on the Isle of Wight at Charles Sibbick & Co.’s shipyard in less than two months for owner J. Howard Taylor. A century later she underwent extensive restoration works at the Cantieri Navali Dell’Argentario on the Tuscan coast. The boat was conceived according to the Five Ton rating rule in 1899, and won gold at the Olympic Games in 1900,

Technical specs Bona Fide
Designer: Charles Sibbick
Year : 1899-Albert Yard (Cowes)
LOA: 13,62 m
LWL: 8,90 m
Beam: 2,57 m
Draft: 1,86 m
Displacement: 11,4 t
Upwind sail area: 144 sq.


Regates Royales 25.09.2017

A war of nerrves

So much that at mid-afternoon most of the fleet were still out on the water looking for the slightest puff of air to get to the finish, despite a shortened course.

Aeolus was not co-operating much today on the Bay of Cannes. A very light wind, a flimsy 3 to 5 knot-strong south-westerly was all the 80 plus classic yachts were given to complete a triangular coastal course. The original triangle thus became a V-shaped course, with an upwind beat and a downwind leg sailed under spinnaker. After a nerve-wracking race, patience paid off for the 23Metre Cambria, that was able to escape from the rest of the fleet on a shortened course and cross the line, positioned just off the Saint-Marc, in first. Behind them only the 15 Metre Mariska and a few other, whose patience paid off , who were able to sail around the first mark.

One race only
In the Golfe Juan weather conditions were similarly complicated, and the Dragon crews too had to rely on patience, with the Race Committee forced to launch several procedures and have several general recalls before getting a good start, with Estonians on Otium disqualified for being over the line with a black flag. The boats hardly moving, the RC opted to shorten the course. Once again it was a duel between Russian skipper Annatoly Loginov on Annapurna and UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze, consolidating his overall leadership after three races, and France’s Alain Lathioor on Révolte. More races, and discards, will be needed to define the final scoreboard, but it looks like only the top fifteen boats can aspire to the podium.

The 5.5 and the Tofinou could also race one round today. It was Switzerland Andreas Dyhk Petersen on Otto to get the 5.5 series’ first win, while Régates Royales’ veteran Edward Fort on Pippa also scored a victory in the Tofinou 9.5 class.

Weather conditions are expected to improve tomorrow, with clearer skies and slightly stronger winds.

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Serial sailor – Alex Pella
The multi-talented Spaniard

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai, and one is the man-of-many-talents Alex Pella.

Alex you won the Route du Rhum on a Class40’, the Jules Verne Trophy with Francis Joyon, you’ve raced the Mini-Transat several times, how is it to be racing a classic yacht?
“It’s a family boat, an old racer-cruiser called Galvana. With my three brothers we often sail her, it’s a boat built in 1974 in Barcelona on a Sparkman & Stephens’s design. We cruise in the Med or we take part in regattas like the Régates Royales de Cannes. Since it is older than thirteen years, we can also do the classic yachts circuit, and with some good results too! I’m quite busy and I can’t go to all the events, I’ve saved some free time to be here and have some fun with my brothers.”

A family boat
“We did some works ourselves in 2003. It’s a very solid boat, built in the 70’s by a small shipyard that produced some 120 boats: Galvana is very good, with an American flavour but really comfortable. It crossed the Atlantic but didn’t race much because it’s really a racer-cruiser with a high freeboard. Anyway, it is quite fast compared to the new boats of the same size.”

Here in Cannes your race in the Bermudan Vintage class?
“Yes exactly, we race against other IOR boats like Ganbare, Resolute Salmon or the maxi Il Moro di Venezia, against the 12 Metre like France or Chancegger… We haven’t got the best rating but at least Galvana is very comfortable. We try to do like four races every year: I’ve done a short offshore race in Spain, we were in Mahon, we’re here for the Régates Royales, and we’ll close the season with the Voiles de Saint-Tropez… »

But then you’re starting for another transatlantic race!
“Right, I will not be in Saint-Tropez because I will join Lalou Roucayrol on his Multi50 for the Transat Jacques Vabre. As a fact, I’m taking over from Karine Fauconnier who hurt herself. It’s a new challenge for me because it’s only a month I sail with Lalou: it’s fun, the boat feels like a kart! It’s small, uncomfortable, but less physical than IDEC Sport and very fast with the new foils.”

Technical specs Galvana :
Design: Sparkman & Stephens
Shipyard: Astilleros Caravela (1975)
LOA: 16,65 m
LWL: 12,46 m
Beam: 4,33 m
Draft: 2,80 m
Displacement: 20 000 kg
Sail area: 110 sq. m
© Guido Cantini / Panerai

Boats and classes

A class on its own
When Nathanaël Herreshoff conceived the Universal Rule in 1903, it was immediately adopted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), giving birth to the majestic J-Classes that made history in the America’s Cup between 1930 and 1937. But the rule was also used to design nine other classes, such as the P-Class, that is represented at the Régates Royales de Cannes-Trophée Panerai by Olympian and Chips

This new international rule would soon take over from the Seawanhaka Rule adopted in 1883 by the NYYC and was, in fact, the answer by American architect Nathanaël Herreshoff to the existing America’s Cup rules. The designers were creating bigger and bigger boats in an effort to increase performances, as it happened for example with Reliance, the most extreme of all the Defenders, winner of the1903 edition on Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrock III , designed by William Fife. An extraordinary boat that also featured the first ever two-speed winches, measuring 61,26 meters overall (201’) but only 27,43 meters of waterline (90’)!

A classic format
The new Universal Rule by Nathanaël Herreshoff was intended to put a limit to the excesses of the early 20th century: it took into consideration the boat’s overall length, her beam, draft, freeboard, hull shape, the mast height and the total sail area. Herreshoff adapted the rule to create ten different categories among which the I, with an handicap lower than 88’, the J not exceeding 76’ but also the Q, set at 25’ or the P class having a rating inferior to 31’ like Chips and Olympian.

The American naval architect signed his first P-class in 1907 to defend the Canada’s Cup. Seneca owned by M.P. Pembroke was later bought by Royal Canadian’s Commodore Jarvis, thus being the leader of an eight-boats strong fleet based in Toronto. Whilst, only two boats flied the flag of Rochester Yacht Club, on the American coast of Lake Ontario: Olympian owned by Paul LaLonde and Alleode owned by Lorenzo Mabbett, who won the prestigious Fisher Cup in 1927.

Yet, Nathanaël Herreshoff was not the only one to design P-class boats. Chips was conceived by Starling Burgess, who also built her in 1913 at the shipyard bearing his name and based in Marblehead, that is the very same year William Gardner’s designed Olympian, which saw the light in Chicago and was built by Mc Clure. All in all, some twenty P-class yachts were created before their decline, due to the Metre Rule becoming more and more popular among European owners and being used for the Olympic Games.

Technical specs Chips (ex-Onda III) :

Designer: Starling Burgess
Builder: W. Starling Burgess (1903)
LOA: 15,67 m
Waterline length: 10,70 m
Beam: 3,17 m
Draft: 2,25 m
Displacement: 16 000 kg
Sail area: 170 sq. m


Regates Royales 25.09.2017

Quiet Cannes

Grey skies and light airs were on the menu today for the opening day of the 39th Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai. Two races were launched for the Dragons while the classics had some serious training before racing starts tomorrow for them too.

The palms on the world-famous Croisette were not moving much today. The wind was light and shifty as the sun rays were almost totally hidden by the thin clouds. As the sea breeze was late in showing up and it was patchy on the race area, the Race committee had to make several attempts before being able to launch the first race for the 44-boats strong Dragon fleet.

Actually the easterly wind was never stronger than five or seven knots, barely enough to ripple the water. And, after some trying the fleet started the day’s first race with a black flag (meaning that all the boats over the line are automatically disqualified) on a windward/leeward course. The strong Russian crew skippered by Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna prevailed on fellow countryman Igor Goikmberg on Zenith and Germany’s Michaël Schettun on Chi, in third place.

Yet, race 1 was just an appetizer, because the flimsy and shifty wind forced the RC to set a new course to launch race 2. The day’s second round reshuffled the cards on the table: the Russians were not at their best and finished mid-pack, whilst the British and the Germans sailed on a high.

UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze won the race,ahead of Germany’s Michaël Schettun on Chi and Briton Jonathan Brown on Storm finished in third, with Annapurna and Zenith in fifth and eight place respectively. The first French crew across the line was Jean Bragger’s Ulysse, while Turkish team Monday, skippered by Arkun Demircan, debuted in grand style finishing in the top ten on this first appearance in Cannes.

Classic training
The light air did not discourage the classics’ crews, who took advantage of it to do some training and to fine-tune their setups and improve their manoeuvres before racing starts on Tuesday. 12 Metres or ketches, centenary yawls or gaff cutters, dozens of yachts went out on the bay. There will be many more tomorrow, when racing kicks off officially and just under a hundred boats will wrestle for victory, in different divisions and classes. The wind should still be a light easterly, increasing a notch in the afternoon thanks to a warmer sun on the Bay of La Napoule. The air temperature should also be very pleasant and typical of the early autumn on the Cote d’Azur, with some 20-23° C.

The outlook for the rest of the week is even more positive: the wind should steadily increase making the Régates royal once more.

Boats, classes and people: the Dragon
Just like the Régates Royales, that were first organized in 1929 as a tribute to the King Christian of Danmark, the Dragon celebrates its eighty birthday. It was designed by Johan Anker in 1929. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe and was also an Olympic class from 1948 to 1972.

Technical specs:
LOA: 8,90 m
Beam : 1,95 m
Draft: 1,20 m
Displacement: 1 670 kg
Keel: 1 000 kg
Mainsail: 16,00 sq. m
Genoa: 11,70 sq. m
Spinnaker: 23,60 sq. m

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Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 29.06.2017


Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: the place to be for classic yachts

The 39th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai will enliven once again the Bay of Cannes, from the 23rd to the 30th September. Classics, Spirit of Tradition, Metre class boats, Dragons and Tofinou one-designs will gather in a unique display of beauty, elegance and competition

The bay of Cannes will be, once again the place to be for sailors and fans. As the autumn is just about started, the fleet criss-crossing the bay will unite beauty, heritage and close racing. A unique line-up gathering some of the most famous yachts from last century, from the tiny Arcadia to the majestic Cambria. No less than 150 classic and traditional yachts will fight for victory on a race area close to the stunning Lérins Islands, bringing back memories from the yachting “golden age”.

“Here we are again, on the eve of the 39th edition of the Régates Royales, looking forward one more to see and follow these beautiful boats. The Yacht Club de Cannes and its staff can’t wait to welcome and admire the fleet while they elegantly sail past. Like every year, the show will be unique and will be a joy for the thousands of fans who will follow the yachts‘ manoeuvres on the water in the area off the Croisette and close the îles de Lérins.” declared Jacques Flori, president of the Yacht Club de Cannes.

The Dragons celebrate their 30th participation to the Régates Royales de Cannes
Since their comeback to Cannes in 1987, the Dragons haven’t stopped attracting and charming fans of one-design sail racing. It will happen again this year, when some fifty crews coming from ten different countries, will meet in the Cote d’Azur. The Régates Royales will pull together the best Dragon sailors for four days of very close racing.

The pop village
Set on the Quai Laubeuf the Régates Royales –Trophée Panerai village will animate every day before and after racing time with several attractions, namely at night.

The Yacht Club de Cannes has been organizing the Régates Royales for ten years. The event is supported by the City of Cannes, that once more will be a faithful partner of the race, and by Panerai as main sponsor.

Calendar Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2017

Monday September 25
Boat arrivals and inscriptions Classic Yachts
First racing day Dragons starting from 11:00

Tuesday September 26
Second racing day Dragons, starting from 11:00
First racing day for the Classics, starting from 12:00

Wednesday September 27
Third racing day Dragons and 5.50, starting from 11:00
Second racing day for the Classics, starting from 12:00

Thursday September 28
Fourth racing day Dragons and 5.50, starting from 11:00
Third racing day for the Classics, starting from 12:00

Friday September 29
Fifth racing day Dragons and 5.50, starting from 11:00
Fourth racing day for the Classics, starting from 12:00
Prize giving ceremony of the Dragon class

Saturday September 30
Fifth racing day for the Classics, starting from 12:00
Prize giving ceremony of the Classics

Sunday September 31
Race to Saint Tropez organized by the Yacht Club de France

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