After two years of absence, the Mediterranean circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge welcomes back the Argentario Sailing Week, the meeting in Porto Santo Stefano that brings dozens of splendid classic and vintage sailboats to the Pilarella quay. The event will be taking place from 16 to 19 June, opening the headland’s tourist season with a passion for classic yacht culture.
Thanks to the return of the Argentario Sailing Week, the Mediterranean Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge now includes no fewer than five regattas covering Italy, France and Spain. As always, the Vele d’Epoca in Porto Rotondo replaces the Vele d’Epoca in Imperia in the first half of September of every second year, this year hosting yacht owners in the Yacht Club that has been completely rebuilt following last year’s fire.
In the second half of June, when winds blow more strongly, ideal conditions are created for racing around the ancient port of Santo Stefano, on the western side of Mount Argentario. That is precisely when the Argentario Sailing Week is held, the regatta reserved for classic and vintage yachts, which each year hosts watercraft from all over the Mediterranean to partake in thrilling challenges celebrating beauty and love of the sea.
Began in 1992 under the name Vele d’Argento and rechristened Argentario Sailing Week in 1999, the Porto Santo Stefano fixture is now one of the great classics of the vintage sailing season. Owners, crews and fans gather in Porto Vecchio, known also as “La Pilarella”, from the name of one of the districts into which the charming seaside village that hosts the event is traditionally divided.
Years Running: 12
Yacht Club: Yacht Club Santo Stefano (Porto Santo Stefano, Italy) Founded: 1960
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