The 17th Panerai British Classic Week regatta held this month. More than 50 classic yachts were participating in the difficult conditions for the victory.
The teams fought with unpredictable tides of Solent, heavy rains and strong winds up to 30 knots. The race took place from 13 until 20 July and the British Classic Yacht club was the organizer of the competition.
In the history of the regatta, the largest number of teams from other countries took part this year: from France, Monaco, Holland, and Germany. The Fife Gaff Cutter Viola team from Monaco became one of the main winners of the week: they received 6 awards based on the results of the regatta. Anyway, the most important prize-winner was Laurent Giles one-off sloop Whooper, owned by Giovanni Belgrano, who took the main prize at the end of the race in six stages.
The Stiff Drink prize went to Spirit 46 Whisper from Leamington, which team member was taken to the hospital by helicopter after a fracture of two ribs and a hand. On Viola suffered a team member — he fell overboard. However, the team refused external assistance and managed to return the sailor on board and reach the finish line without disqualification.
Speaking about the regatta, Belgrano, owner of the whooper, said: "We tried our best and we are glad that we took not only the main prize of the regatta but also won in its class»
The Whooper team took the class 3 trophy, Cereste won class 4, and Falcon of the Netherlands won class 8mR. At the same time, Sioma won 6mr class and Bravade won 6mr modern class.
BCYC captain Jonathan Dyke said:
«It was a fantastic week with testing conditions at each end of the weather spectrum.»
Photo by Guido Cantini