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Entry for Panerai British Classic Week 2015 now open

April 01, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Entry for the Panerai British Classic Week 2015 is now open. The event will take place from 18th – 25th July at Cowes Yacht Haven, a lovely England yacht charter destination. Now in its 14th year, the regatta continues to grow in popularity, and this year the number of international visitors is expected to be particularly high, with yachts from all over the world, making their way to the Solent for this very popular regatta.

Panerai British Classic Week 2014 - Photo by Guido Cantini/

Panerai British Classic Week 2014 – Photo by Guido Cantini/

Looking forward to the 2015 edition, Regatta Chairman Sean McMillan commented, “This year we have the great good fortune to be holding our regatta the week immediately preceding the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 200th anniversary regatta. We anticipate a strong attendance at Panerai British Classic Week with many famous yachts already expressing their interest in participating prior to joining the RYS event.”

The regatta is open to classic and vintage yachts and forms part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series, the leading international circuit for these vintage craft, sponsored for the eleventh consecutive year by the Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai. With yachts from the drawing boards of designers such as Fife, Mylne, NicholsonGiles, Illingworth, McGruer and Sparkman & Stephens, plus many whose background stories are truly extraordinary, the fleet is always both beautiful and fascinating.

Among the international entrants will be the Paine/Burgess designed Jour de Fête, sailing under the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. Built in 1930 by Lawley in Boston, Jour de Fête is a “Q Boat” designed to Herreschoff’s Universal Rule. She will be skippered by her owner, America’s Cup legend Bruno Troublé, who tells us, “I look forward to coming back to Cowes as I have many friends there. This will be our first time racing the boat under IRC, but we will use only Dacron sails and the whole crew will be pure amateurs.” Bruno will bring to bear his extensive knowledge of the Solent gained racing in multiple Cowes Weeks and the Admiral’s Cup and through his close involvement in the organisation of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta in 2001. He does, however, promise not to replicate one of his more infamous Solent exploits when he “Sank a boat, a Two Tonner, Xeryus in the late 1980s on the Varvassi wreck near the Needles while racing around the Island.”

Racing is once again being organised by Royal Yacht Squadron Racing and will feature a seven race series plus the special Around the Island Race sponsored by EFG International on Monday 20th July. The ever-popular Ladies Race will be held on Wednesday 22nd July and the regatta will conclude with the Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green on Saturday 25th July.

Ashore the Panerai Lounge will be the focal point for pre and post sailing gatherings. The evening social programme is always packed with fun events and this year is no exception. From the Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron to the Prize Giving Dinner at Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre, via the traditional “Open Yachts” Pontoon Party, there will be plenty to keep the competitors and their guests entertained.

As always the yachts will be moored at Cowes Yacht Haven where members of the public are welcome to tour the dock and view the stunningly restored and maintained historic yachts and speak to their owners and crews.

90th Anniversary Rolex Fastnet Race: 300 entries register in first 24 minutes

January 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Last October saw RORC Racing Manager Nick Elliott predict ‘a scramble for places’, when it was announced that priority would be given to RORC members wishing to secure a place in the legendary race celebrating its 90th anniversary. He wasn’t wrong. Just 24 minutes after the online entry system opened at midday on 12th January, more than 300 yachts had signed up for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015. The frenetic trend continued and by the end of the afternoon, 375 yachts had registered for the biennial 608-nautical mile race, which has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925.

French father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison, became the first ever doublehanded crew to win the Fastnet Challenge Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race overall in 2013. They will be back to defend their title this year.  Night and Day, JPK 10.10 © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

French father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison, became the first ever doublehanded crew to win the Fastnet Challenge Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race overall in 2013. They will be back to defend their title this year. Night and Day, JPK 10.10 © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

“Within 24 hours of online entries opening in the race two years ago it was oversubscribed, and with a waiting list. We thought that was remarkable, but yesterday we reached the same number in 24 minutes! The Rolex Fastnet Race has great reverence with sailors worldwide wishing to compete in this iconic race and add it to their bucket list,” says Elliott.

Still time to register an entry – priority to RORC members

All is not lost for those who still wish to enter. Following the popularity of the 2013 race, when the entry limit was increased to 340 boats, the RORC Committee decided that RORC members would get priority for the first week of registration. Boats have to meet the strict entry qualification and training criteria of the race and after Sunday 18th January, all registered boats will be sorted and places offered on a first come, first served basis, with RORC members receiving priority over non-members. Boats registering after this date will be allocated places in the order in which they apply, regardless of membership.

The advice from the RORC Race Team is to register as soon as possible and a useful guide for entrants, explaining the main points needed to consider before entering – crew qualification, boat suitability and the process of entry itself – is available on the RORC Rolex Fastnet Race website.

Timeless classics such as Stormy Weather, the S&S 1934 yawl, will compete in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race  © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Timeless classics such as Stormy Weather, the S&S 1934 yawl, will compete in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race © Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

80 years on, 1935 Fastnet winner returns

Among the first boats to register their entry for the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race was one of the best-known and loved classic yachts sailing today, Stormy Weather, the 1934 Sparkman & Stephens 52ft yawl who was named after the song. She has an illustrious racing pedigree, winning the King’s Cup in the Newport-Bergen Transatlantic Race a year after she was launched, before arriving to see Uffa Fox in Cowes in 1935 and going on to win the Fastnet Race the same year.

The race had just 17 starters and Stormy was the only American entry in a fleet dominated by 13 British entries. **Although some of the British press displayed a severe case of “sour grapes” when they bemoaned the quality, and perhaps quantity, of Stormy’s sails, Yachting World gallantly noted that, “By winning the Fastnet Cup in such a convincing manner, [Stormy Weather] has demonstrated her right to be the champion deep-sea yacht of the world.” And went on to add, “At the same time she is undoubtedly of a type which is well suited to the requirements of ordinary cruising.”

So far, six S & S-designed classic yachts have signed up for the race, including Matt Brooks’ 52ft yawl, Dorade which claimed victory for the second time in 2013 Transpac, 77 years after she won it in 1936.

The 46th edition of one of sailing’s greatest contests – the Rolex Fastnet Race – reconvenes on Sunday 16th August, starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock.

East Cowes luxury yacht marina to be developed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

December 19, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas have proudly announced that they have been selected to lead the development of the new Victoria Marina, to be positioned at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK. Construction of the new 400-berth luxury yacht marina is expected to start next autumn.

Victoria Marina at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Victoria Marina at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Site owner the Homes and Communities Agency selected Camper & Nicholsons Marinas to work as part of a consortium to lead the development of a vibrant new 400-berth luxury yacht marina. The proposed scheme includes a boutique hotel and a wide range of residential, commercial and leisure amenities for the 2.6 hectare site.

Subject to contracts, Camper & Nicholsons will work with Westcourt Real Estate, who are involved in developing the London City Cruise terminal in Greenwich, to redevelop the marina and bring forward detailed proposals for other key buildings on the site.

The selection sees Camper & Nicholsons return to UK shores after an absence of more than 10 years. It represents a coup for East Cowes and is expected to generate more than 250 jobs as a result of the redevelopment and creation of new employment opportunities.

Victoria Marina - Plan

Victoria Marina - Plan

Paul Flatt HCA Senior Development Manager said: “The proposals for a new marina are bold and ambitious and we need a development partner who shares this vision and has a track record of success.

“Camper & Nicholsons’ name has a strong historic connection to the Solent area. This is an exciting opportunity to apply their extensive international experience in marina development and operation in the UK, on one of the remaining key elements in the regeneration of East Cowes.”

Camper and Nicholsons are recognised as one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious yachting names, with specialisms in waterfront and marina development stretching back for more than 40 years.

Camper & Nicholsons’ Business Development Director Dan Hughes said: “Our selection as part of the preferred bidder consortium signals a return to the UK for the Camper & Nicholsons’ heritage yachting brand. Working in partnership with Westcourt Real Estate, we are very keen to develop and operate such a facility, in the heart of UK yachting.”

Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor Ian Stephens, said: “This announcement is excellent news for a project which is bringing major economic, employment and other benefits to East Cowes and the island as whole. This project will continue with the aims and the objectives of the Isle of Wight Council in bringing economic growth and employment to the island and also reflecting our traditional yachting and leisure industry.

“We welcome the appointment of such a renowned company with strong historic links with the Solent.”

East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK

Sir Christopher Lewinton, Chairman of Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited, added, “Camper & Nicholsons are very pleased to have been selected by the Homes & Communities Agency to lead the development of a world class 400 berth marina in East Cowes.

“We also look forward to working with Westcourt Real Estate who will lead the related landside development programme.  The Board of CNMIL believe that this marina presents a significant growth opportunity for us along with creating employment and contributing to the regeneration of East Cowes.”

The development of a 400 berth marina was granted detailed planning permission in 2013. Further detailed plans for development on key parts of the site are due to be announced early next year and are expected to include:

Improvements to the Columbine building to create a mix of marine, commercial and leisure space Conversion of the nearby Victoria Barracks building as an inn and hotel More than 100 new and affordable homes.

The site sits beside the recently announced redevelopment of the Red Funnel terminal at East Cowes. Recent phases of regeneration in East Cowes have included a new Waitrose store, medical centre and the completion of 180 new and affordable homes on the successful Victoria Walk development.

100-foot limit lifted for 2015 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races

October 16, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Malta Yacht Club have lifted the 100-foot (30,47m) LOA monohull limit for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Rolex Middle Sea Race, set by a number of the classic 600 mile races, such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. This will allow superyachts attending the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit: Rolex Kurt/Arrigo

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

In previous editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race only monohulls of 100ft or less were eligible to win the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup. In 2013 there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 charter yacht ICAP Leopard (GBR), and Igor Simcic’s RP100 superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).

With a number of superyachts competing in the 2015 Transatlantic Race, such as Elena Ambrosiadou’s, 289ft Dykstra/Perini Navi charter yacht Maltese Falcon, and superyacht Mariette, the 1915 Herreshoff classic, the increased LOA limit for the 46th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will entice yachts over 100ft to enter and possibly win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, making for a spectacular race from Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2015.

Rolex Fastnet priority for RORC members

“Another initiative in place for the Rolex Fastnet Race is to give RORC members priority when entering in January 2015,” explains Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager. “The race was oversubscribed in 2013 within 24 hours of entry opening with many boats, including those of RORC members, having to go on a waiting list. To cope with demand, the Club increased the limit to 340, but with the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard having close to 60 boats and the Rolex Middle Sea Race breaking the 100 boat barrier, we can only envisage another scramble for places when entry opens at midday on the 12th January 2015,” continues Elliott.

Entries for Panerai British Classic Week 2014 now open

April 17, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), in collaboration with the event sponsor Officine Panerai, are delighted to announce that entries for the 2014 Panerai British Classic Week are now open. The event will take place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, running from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th July 2014.


Panerai British Classic Week is one of the highlights of the UK’s sailing calendar and this year’s event promises to be another spectacular celebration of classic yachting. With teams travelling from across Europe the Solent and Cowes Yacht Haven will be awash with glistening varnish and sparkling brass work as the crews compete for racing glory and enjoy a fun filled après sailing social programme. The famous and highly challenging “Around the Island Race” will once again be a highlight of the event as will the popular “Je Ne Sais Quoi” competition where the sailors themselves vote for the boat they feel has that certain something.

This is the thirteenth edition of the BCYC’s annual regatta for classic and vintage yachts, and it is the fifth year that the event has formed part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series (PCYC), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The regatta attracts an extraordinarily diverse entry ranging from the iconic classics including designs by Fife, Mylne, Nicholson, Giles, Illingworth, McGruer and Sparkman & Stephens, through to boats whose background stories are as important and fascinating as their design and racing pedigree.

An entry of more than 70 boats is expected this year and alongside the historic yachts, the oldest of which is more than 100 years old, there will once again be a strong field in the modern classics division. The newest boat taking part will be the brand new Spirit 74 yacht, which will be making her debut at the regatta having been commissioned only a few weeks before.

Cowes Harbour Commission announces completion of salvage operation of motor yacht KAHU

November 15, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced that the intricate operation to salvage the burnt and sunken 70-foot, 114-ton motor yacht Kahu from the riverbed in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight, has been completed successfully, following an amazing team effort.

Salvage operation of Nordhavn 76 Yacht Kahu - Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Salvage operation of Nordhavn 76 Yacht Kahu - Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

The technical and logistical challenges of safely salvaging the Kahu yacht were considerable, necessitating a 24/7 operation from the time of the fire being first reported. With highly sensitive environmental areas of mudflats and saltmarch upstream from the scene on the River Medina, and 8,000 litres of diesel onboard the Kahu, the concern was to prevent significant pollution to the area and this has been achieved.

Andrew Healy, Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said:
“This was a model multi-agency response to a complex pollution incident. There was very minimal impact on the local environment as a result of this incident.”

Chair of the Solent Environment Group, Mike O’Neill said: “Thanks to the efforts of Cowes Harbour Commission team and the other responders the impact on the environment was kept to an absolute minimum. The Solent Environ ment Group was able to provide advice on how sensitive the River Medina is to help plan the salvage of the vessel.”

Harbour Master, Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: “It’s reassuring to know that within the Cowes and Solent region the expertise exists to handle an incident of this magnitude. The professionalism shown by the salvage team was exemplary together with the efforts from my own team here at the Harbour Commission. All the players went the extra mile to achieve an excellent result.”

A large floating crane barge has completed the slow and controlled lift of the Kahu yacht onto a bunded flat top barge at East Cowes Marina. Contractors are today finalising the securing of the yacht on the flat top barge by constructing and welding a cradle and supports. The bund will be removed prior to transportation to Camber Dock, Portsmouth. Due to the current and predicted weather conditions it is proposed to depart Cowes on Saturday morning, when the conditions are looking favourable.

Timeline for salvage operation of KAHU Yacht announced by Cowes Harbour Commission

November 12, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the proposed salvage operation timeline for the recovery as well as disposal of the Nordhavn 76 yacht Kahu from the seabed at East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight.

Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Activity at the scene continues around the clock with response teams from Adler and Allan, leaders in oil and environmental services, deploying additional oil booms, whilst teams from MMC Diving Services and RS Divers have started to rig air lift bags around the sunken Kahu’s hull. The salvage barge is also now on station on the western side of the Kahu and within an oil containment boom.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master said: “I’m pleased to report that salvage of the Kahu and pollution control are proceeding well, according to our detailed plans and revised timeline. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the CHC staff and contractors who are working tirelessly to complete this operation in a safe and timely manner.

“This has necessitated teams working around the clock and CHC has received much valuable support from locals. We are making every effort to minimise disruption to river and harbour users and local residents, and I would like to apologise for any temporary disturbances that there may be over the next few days.”

Following a salvage co-ordination meeting in Cowes yesterday, it has been confirmed that the air bag lift to raise the Kahu yacht to just below the water surface is due to take place between approximately 2200 on Monday, 11 November and 0700 on Tuesday, 12 November.

A floating crane barge is expected to arrive in Cowes at 0645 on Tuesday morning and once on station will raise the luxury yacht Kahu’s hull top clear of the water level at around 0800. This will enable the pumping ahore of the vessel’s fuel and water tanks into a waste road tanker. The hull will then be drained of sea water before being craned onto the bunded flat top barge. Once this stage has been reached, the crane barge will depart Cowes whilst the flat top barge and motor yacht will remain overnight in the controlled, oil boom protected salvage zone.

Wednesday should see the divers undertake a clearance of the seabed where the Kahu yacht’s hull had rested, and a decontamination programme by Adler and Allan of the salvage containment area and barge. The flat top barge, with Kahu onboard, will then be towed to Camber Docks in Portsmouth, subject to agreement by Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port Harbour Master.

Please note that precise timings are subject to changes in conditions or for operational reasons.

CHC has issued a second Emergency Temporary General Direction 10.2, and Local Notice to Mariners No. 31(T) of 2013, concerning the salvage and counter pollution operations, fairway restrictions and complete closure of the fairway on 12 November. Both documents are available to view on the Harbour Commission’s website.

A further update and report on the environmental clean-up operation will follow later this week.

Cowes Harbour Commision Update on Nordhavn 76 motor yacht KAHU

November 11, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Nordhavn 76 motor yacht “Kahu” was lost in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight earlier last week. Lead by Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), the salvage group has begun to recover the 76-foot Kahu yacht.

Salvage group working on recovery of Kahu Yacht - Credit to Marine Services Manager Barney Sollars. Photo courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Salvage group working on recovery of Kahu Yacht - Credit to Marine Services Manager Barney Sollars. Photo courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Ensuring safety and pollution control are the primary objectives, a coordination meeting was held in Cowes on 8th November to establish clear roles and responsibility for the operation. Preparation work to lift luxury yacht Kahu commenced on 9th November and after detailed consideration a ‘slow and careful policy’ has been adopted.

Divers will be used to attach lifting bags to the “Kahu” yacht which can then be inflated to raise the vessel to the surface. It will then be lifted by crane on to a flat-topped barge, which is also designed to contain any fluids or contaminants, before being towed to the Royal Clarence Yard in Portsmouth, subject to agreement by Portsmouth Harbour Authority.

It is expected that the lift will commence at 06.45hrs on Tuesday 12 November.

Biggest ever Rolex Fastnet Race to be attended by US sailors

July 24, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The world’s largest offshore race, the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, will be attended by US sailors, joining 3,500 competitors in 380 boats from more than 20 nations. The iconic race sets sail from Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th August and will host the most diverse range of yachts imaginable; from 30ft to 130ft, drawing attention of aspiring sailors to professional crews who race all over the world.

Luxury sailing yacht Bella Mente

Luxury sailing yacht Bella Mente to attend Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - Photo by Tim Wright/

Now in its 45th year, the race started with seven boats in 1925 and nowadays, sailors worldwide are drawn by the history and sporting lure of the greatest offshore contest. The challenging 608 mile race from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland and back around the Scilly Isles to Plymouth, is now by far the biggest of all the international 600 mile offshore races.

Local Seafarers Challenge
As well as attracting some of the fastest and largest record-breaking boats on the planet, 4 American boats and their crews will be on the start line for the world’s best-known historic offshore race: Bella Mente, Team Wild Goose, Momentum Ocean Racing, as well as Lilla.

The starters include:

Bella Mente, Mini Maxi 72-foot Judel/Vrolijk, Hap Fauth
(Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.)

“This is a world-class distance race. The race has a reputation for being multifaceted and extremely challenging and the Bella Team loves the idea of challenging conditions as well as great competition.” says owner, Hap Fauth.

Launched in Spring 2012, luxury yacht Bella Mente is the second racing yacht built for owner Hap Fauth. This latest Mini Maxi is 72 feet long and was designed by Judel/Vrolijk.

Hap has been building Bella Mente Racing since 2005 when he purchased the first of the three racing yachts that have been part of the program. With his team, Hap has raced throughout the U.S. and all around Europe.  When he is not competing on the water, Fauth runs a number of businesses that span many industries – from agriculture to aerospace – and brings many of the same principles and tactics that he uses in the boardroom to the development of his sailing campaign.

Hap Fauth purchased his first Bella Mente yacht (a Judel/Vrolijk 66 built in 2002) in late 2005 and still has many members of the original team sailing with him today. The team won the Newport Bermuda Race in 2006 on the original Bella Mente and the 2011 Transpac on the second Bella Mente (a modified Reichel/Pugh 69 built in  2009). In 2012, the team captured the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship with the current Bella Mente, and in 2013 plan to defend that title at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September and also go after the Rolex Fastnet.

Crew includes some well known names in racing:
Michele “Mickey” Cannoni’s sailing background includes working as mid-bow for Luna Rossa at the 32nd America’s Cup where the team made it into the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.

John Cutler is best known for winning the bronze medal in the Finn Class at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. In 1992, he was selected to be a sailing coach for the New Zealand team for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Daniel Fong’s major sailing accomplishments include winning the 2011 America’s Cup onboard Oracle as the headsail trimmer. Fong also sailed in the Whitbread Round-the-World race in 1997.

Hartwell “Hart” Jordan’s career highlights include seven world championship titles and the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in the Soling Class. He  also has been involved in four America’s Cup campaigns.

Ian “Soapy” Moore has been a navigator in the Volvo Ocean Race and as navigator and performance manager for America’s Cup Campaigns.

Mark Newbrook has worked for two America’s Cup syndicates as a grinder.

Romolo Ranieri’s sailing accomplishments include racing in three America’s Cup campaigns with the Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, which won the Louis Vuitton Trophy in 2000.

Mike Sanderson is a two-time winner of the Volvo Ocean Race and has held numerous World Records. Mike has been involved in four America’s Cup campaigns and was ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 2007.

Grant Spanhake has been involved in six America’s Cup and four Whitbread campaigns. Grant has also been involved in three Olympic campaigns where he was sail designer and trim coach.

Momentum Ocean Racing, Class40 GBR93, Emma Creighton (Deer Island, Maine, USA), Dan Dytch (Lymington, Hants) and Skip McCormack

Emma Creighton tells the story of how the crew met: “Dan and I met in France during the 2011 season while we were both preparing for the Mini Transat. After racing against each other for the year, we decided we should start sailing together. In 2012, I had a Class 40 for the summer, and competed in The Atlantic Cup (up the East Coast of the US) and Dan joined me for the inshore crewed portion of the race. I joined him for some racing at Maxi Worlds and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the Wally he was running. Two years later and we’re engaged, living together and have our own Class 40 (an Akilaria RC2, ex-Concise II).

“Joining us for Fastnet will be our friend Skip McCormack (USA) who also raced with us in Newport, RI for the inshore portion of the Atlantic Cup in 2012.  Dan’s been around Fastnet Rock a number of times before. I’ve competed in two races that were supposed to go around the Fastnet but had a course change at the last minute due to weather (2011 Mini Fastnet and 2013 Normandy Channel Race), and Skip’s never been there either – so we’re looking forward to ticking it off the bucket list.”

“The Class40 fleet should be a really competitive one this year, the race will be great training for the Transat Jacques Vabre (France to Brazil in November) and a chance to see how much we’ve learned about our new boat this season!”

The Course
The testing course passes several famous landmarks on the south coast of England. Initially, from Cowes, the race heads westward down The Solent, exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. As the fleet leaves the notable rock formations of The Needles to port, it enters the next phase in the race: the series of headlands and tidal gates that mark the journey to Land’s End at the south-west tip of England.

The legs across the Celtic Sea to and from the Fastnet Rock are long and unpredictable. Openly exposed to fast moving Atlantic weather systems, the fleet often encounters the toughest weather of the race on its approach to and return from Ireland. The Fastnet Rock has significant standing in the minds of competitors, and is viewed as the halfway mark, even though the actual distance remaining is less. The finish in Plymouth, with its maritime heritage is always memorable for crews and yet another historic Fastnet Race.

Panerai British Classic Week 2013 to kick off on Saturday, July 6

July 04, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s Panerai British Classic Week 2013 (PBCW) is set to start on Saturday, July 6. The Classic Week, now in its 11th year, will run in Cowes from July 6 to 13. Since 2010, it is the only UK regatta forming part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge series, the leading international circuit for classic as well as vintage yachts.


The entry list for this year’s regatta includes some familiar “faces” such as Cetewayo, a 35’Waterline Sloop built in 1955 which has competed successfully at the PBCW in the past three years. Another familiar classic returning will be superyacht Gluckhauf, the 1929 international 30 square metre class sloop built by Abeking and Rasmussen. Although she is one of the smallest built square metres, competitors should be warned- she has earned the nickname “Flying Toothpick” in local regattas!

The list also features a few newcomers including Galatea yacht, a beautiful 20m Custom built in Plym´s Yard, Stockholm, in 1899. Galatea has a long and successful history of racing as she is unusually slender and is only 12 feet at the beam, which makes her extremely fast. However, she fell into a state of despair and it wasn’t until 2002 that her current owner started restoring her to her former glory so she could race again. The organisers and competing crews are looking forward to welcoming Galatea at the Panerai British Classic Week for the first time.

The PBCW is not only famous for its excellent and challenging sailing conditions, but also for the varied social programme that the British Classic Yacht Club and Officine Panerai are offering to competing crews. Besides the daily price giving and drinks reception at the Panerai Lounge, the programme includes an Open Yachts Pontoon Party on the 9th July; a Themed Crew Party – “Pirates of Penzance”- on the 10th July; a prize giving Gala Dinner on the 12th July and the famous Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron on the last day, 13th July.