Panerai British Classic Week 2011 dates

Plus changes to the racing format

Wednesday December 15th 2010, Author: Justin Chisholm, Location: United Kingdom

The British Classic Yacht Club, in conjunction with their event sponsor Panerai, are pleased to announce the dates for the tenth edition of the Club's annual Cowes regatta for classic yachts of all sizes.

Renamed for 2011 as Panerai British Classic Week next year's regatta in Cowes will run from Sunday 17 July to Saturday 23 July. As in previous years, competing yachts will be berthed at Cowes Yacht Haven.

For the second year the regatta will form a part of the 2011 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series, which also includes some of the world's leading classic yacht regattas, such as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and the Régates Royales in Cannes.

The Panerai British Classic Week organisers once again promise a full programme of racing and social functions for competing skippers and their crews. The 2011 racing schedule will comprise a number of long and short course day races around the environs of the Solent, but in a break from the traditional format, the regatta will begin on Sunday 17 July with a stand alone race clockwise around the Isle of Wight. In another departure from previous years, this race, to be known as the Panerai Classic Round the Island Race, will also be thrown open to entries from classic yachts not competing in the main regatta.

The 2011 edition of the regatta sees the welcome return of the Rally Division. This element was successfully introduced at last year's event to offer those owners and crews, not inclined towards racing, the chance to be a part of the regatta and to spend a congenial week with like minded classic yacht enthusiasts.

As ever, next year's regatta programme will also include the unique and popular 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' competition, which over the course of the regatta gives owners and crews a chance to meet fellow competitors aboard their classic yachts and ultimately vote for the individual entry which they believe truly has 'that very special something.'

As in previous years, all competing yachts are cordially invited to take part in a spectacular regatta finale on Saturday 23rd July, in the form of a Parade of Sail in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green.

Entries for the tenth edition of the Panerai British Classic Week will open in April 2011 and more details on the event, including the official Notice of Race, will be posted on the BCYC website in due course.

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