The world-famous Croisette once more going to be under the spotlight - from September 23 to 30- when the 39th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai will gather over fifty Dragons and an armada of over eighty classic yachts, with several centenarians too.
One full week of racing off the beautiful Lérins islands for a fleet made up of eight different categories, according to the boats’ size, rig and age. The line-up is exceptional with some of the world’s biggest and most famous classic yachts will sail in the bay: Elena of London (55 metres, by Nathanaël Herreshoff built in 2009), Cambria (40 metres, by William Fife built in 1928), Sunshine (38 metres, by William Fife Junior built in 2003), Aschanti IV (34,67 metres, by Henry Gruber built in 1954), Moonbeam of Fife (30 metres, by William Fife built in 1903) and Moonbeam IV (35 metres, by William Fife built in 1914) or the15 M Mariska (27,00 metres, by William Fife built in 1908) et Tuiga (23,18 metres, by William Fife built in 1909), …
In 2016 Cannes will celebrate the 39th edition of the renewed Régates Royales, one of the oldest inshore races in the Mediterranean, the debut event being held in 1929 to honour King Christian X of Denmark. The hosting Yacht Club de Cannes is also one of the most venerable in France, as it was founded in the spring of 1859 when Messieurs Béchard, Tripet-Skrypitzone, de Colquhoum and Bucquet created the Société des Régates and organised the first race in the Napoule Bay for yachts like Léro, Olga, Jeannette and Touriste but open also to small sailing and rowing boats owned by local sailors and fishermen.
For the past 12 years, the Régates Royales de Cannes marks the last rendezvous for the Trophée Panerai circuit, considered as a true classic yachts' world championship.