The opening day of the 2011 Panerai British Classic Week dawned wet and windy.
So much so that the informal Panerai Classic Around the Island Race, planned to open the regatta, had to be cancelled in the face of force seven winds and a strong tide combined to create too rough conditions.
Although disappointed not to be racing, the owners and crews of the 71 entrants were in full agreement with Race Officer Tony Lovell’s decision to cancel sailing.
Andy King, owner of the 1929 Rasmussen designed Gluckauf and his crew were clearly pleased to be staying ashore explaining that whilst the boat is fondly known as the ‘Flying Toothpick’, he crew refer to her as ‘Submarine’ since they spend much time going through waves as over them.
Despite the lack of racing, the dock is still a hive of activity as the crews are proving to be a very sociable bunch with a long series of cockpit coffee mornings, lunches and tea parties.
The all-new Panerai Event Village in Cowes Yacht Haven opened yesterday with trade stalls from companies such as Beken of Cowes, Minghella’s Ice Cream and Classic Boat Magazine. The village has free entry and there will be live music Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 5pm.
Centre of the Panerai Event Village will be the Panerai Lounge for competitors. The design reflects the interior of a classic yacht and features a multi-lingual classic yachting book collection, a display of Panerai watches and a large TV showing the latest results and video from the week’s regatta.
Thursday morning will see more than 60 classic cars from the Historic Rallying Endurance Organisation (HERO) will also assemble at the Panerai Event Village to begin their summer reliability trials.
All are welcome to come along and take in the spectacle of this truely exceptional spectacle.
Racing at the 2011 Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes runs through until Friday 22nd July.
On the morning of Saturday 23rd July all participating yachts in the regatta are cordially invited to participate in a Parade of Sail.
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