Classics in the Med

Prada-sponsored circuit will culminate in the Voiles de St Tropez

Thursday July 18th 2002, Author: Isabelle Andrieux, Location: Mediterranean
After the success of last year's America's Cup Jubilee in the Solent, the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts for its fourth year will centre once again in the Mediterranean.

Inaugurated in 1999 under the authority of the International Mediterranean Committee (CIM) and co-ordinated by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts is a unique meeting which distinguishes itself by its quality and the speciality of each of the stages: Vele d’Epoca di Imperia-Trofeo Prada, Bateaux de Tradition-Coupe Prada in Monaco, Régates Royales-Trophée Prada in Cannes before the final Voiles de Saint-Tropez, these meetings are in some of the most prestigious sites of the Mediterranean. They are also frequented by a diverse range of participants, some which are honourable and respectable centenarian yachts, testimony to our maritime heritage.

The regattas and the liaison races are run according to the Rating Rules of the CIM 2001-2004. Internationally recognised by all the specialists. It is thanks to this rating that the yachts, built one by one, all different, can defend their chances with certain fairness.

Alongside the Vintage Yachts (launched before 1950), the Classics (built before 1976) and the Spirit of Tradition, yachts restored with modern materials but in the spirit of Classic Yachting, one class is reserved for the 12-Metres, who made their entry into the circuit last year, and will be returning to join the fleet of 2002.

Each new edition of the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts celebrates the arrival of recently restored yachts, whose history, sporting career, owners or simply just the architect and the shipyard of where they were created, make them exceptional yachts. Among the new arrivals of 2002, we will be able to discover :
- Black Swan, 1889, one of the most well known ketches of Charles E. Nicholson, which after a large restoration has found its original gaff rig.
- Varuna, a Richardson design, launched in 1909 was one of the first 12-Metre's built after the creation of the International Rating. Varuna et Cintra, a Fife design from 1909 are currently the two representatives of gaff rigged 12-Metre's.
- Sonny returned to the water in mid-June. The Sparkman & Stephens designs will join Dorade and Stormy Weather on the circuit.

Mariette, the gaff schooner of Nat Herreshoff launched in 1915, which dominated the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts last year, is in the United States, where she is taking part in the summer cruising races of the New York Yacht Club. The path to victory is open for the hopefuls!

Meetings from the 11 September to 5 October 2002, for a month of regattas and Quay exhibitions, where the great conviviality which reigns all along the circuit indicates the state of mind of the owners, their guests and their crew. The competition never takes over the festive and playful aspect of the meetings.

The four meetings of the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts will make it possible, once again, to see the most interesting yachts designed by the most famous architects reunited on the water and ashore, maintained by their owners like works of art.


Co-ordinated by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts 2002 is organised with the support of the Yacht Club de France, the Yacht Club Italiano, the Assonautica Provinciale d’Imperia, the Yacht Club de Cannes, the Cannes Régates Internationales and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.

It takes into account all the results of the meetings and the liaison races of the circuit registered in the programme for Vintage, Classic, Spirit of Tradition and 12-Metre Yachts.

11-15 September: Imperia Vele d’Epoca di Imperia Trofeo Prada
20 September: Imperia/Monaco - Trophée Grimaldi Coupe Prada - 1st leg
20-21 September Monaco Les Bateaux de Tradition Coupe Prada
21 September Monaco/Cannes Trophée Grimaldi Coupe Prada - 2nd leg
22-28 September Cannes Régates Royales - Trophée Prada
29 September Cannes/Saint-Tropez Trophée Grimaldi- Coupe Prada - 3rd leg
1-5 October Saint-Tropez Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (formerly the Nioulargue)

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