ARGENTARIO 2016 Sailing Week: SKYLARK OF 1937, NAÏF and RAINDROP won the coveted Panerai watch. A sea of ladies bid farewell to the Panerai Classic Sailing Challenge Tuscany and headed for Sochi. Lent prepares for the traditional Panerai English Classic Week (July 16-23) held on the Isle of Wight.
June 2016—After three days of fierce war, Skylark of 1937, Naïf (1973) and Raindrop (2014) respectively became the classic sailing boat at the 16th Argentario Sailing Week in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany. The winners of the classic sailing and traditional spirit categories received a Panerai premium sports watch.
The sparkling turquoise deep sea is deep enough to allow sailing boats to race near shore, making the magnificent bay between Talamone and Porto Santo Stefano a fierce battlefield again. The breeze blew on the first day of the race. In the bright sun, the wind speed increased to 15 浬 per hour, creating an excellent time and place for 40 fleets from 8 countries. At war.
Skylark of 1937 became the winner of three events in its group. The 16.15-meter Marconi schooner has also won in many events in the Pacific Ocean, repulsing the schooner Santana, which was once owned by Humphrey Bogart. Skylark of 1937 completed its journey around the world in 1972. Based on the east coast of the United States, its owner moved her to the Mediterranean to participate in the Panerai Classic Sailing Challenge in 2011. She has also won a cup named after her American designer Olin Stephens. A legendary Stephens died in 2008 at the age of 100. He is an honorary citizen of the area and has participated in competitions and supervised the repair of sailing boats in the port of San Stefano.
Naïf won the championship in the classic sailing group in 2012, and won the top spot in the 2016 race, which is expected to win again. Its owner, Ivan Gardini, has stated his intention to play with his 10-man team from Rome, Naples and Ravenna. They secured two first place and one second place during the Argentario Sailing Week. Gardini also won the Challenge of Challenge, which was contested by two sailing ships of the same group. This time, Naïf defeated the Marconi dhow Sagittarius (1971) who defeated her in 2015.
Raindrop, a small girder dhow sailed by WiannoSenior in 2014, was helmed by Yula Sambuy and won the traditional spiritual category. Built in Tuscany, this 7.6-meter single-boat sails against its twin sisters Pyxis, Wianno and Fruscìodi Victura in the Port of San Stefano race.
The Marconi schooner Enterprise was built in New York in 1940 and was awarded a special prize by the Monte Argentario local government for its sporting spirit. This Swedish sailing boat performed well in the third race and took a good position before the line. Only by reaching out to the 22-meter sailing sailor Serenade, who had fallen into the sea, he slowed down and missed the chance to win.
This year’s Argentario Sailing Week once again attracted a group of top sailors to the port of San Stefano, including the energetic Mauro Pelaschier, whose Leonore (1925) at the helm took his place. The last surviving ‘NewYork Yacht Club 30s’ series of sailing ships, the beautiful 1905 Linnet, was driven by its owner and Luna Rossa owner Patrizio Bertelli. Patrizio Bertelli won all three events in his group. This time, he brought in MaxSirena, a well-known player who has played in the America’s Cup many times. Former Italian international rugby player Andrea Lo Cicero also played for the third consecutive season with Chinook (1916).
Argentario’s fleet is categorized by SPM (per mile per second) numbers, showing the speed per mile that each racing boat needs to adjust according to its obstruction to calculate the actual ranking. Winners of individual groups are: Leonore (Classic-160), Skylark of 1937 (Classic-200), Linnet (Classic + 200), Naïf (Classic-160), Madifra 2 (Classic + 160), Raindrop (Traditional Spirit) ).
The Argentario Sailing Week, powered by Yacht Club Santo Stefano, is successfully concluded, marking the completion of this season’s Panerai Classic Sailing Challenge Mediterranean Tour. The third round of Veled’Epoca di Imperia (September 7-11) will be held in Italy. But before that, a group of ladies at sea will gather the legendary Solent to show their talents at the 2016 British Classic Week on the Isle of Wight.