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FIVE CHAMPIONS FOR A DELUXE PANERAI COPA DEL REY

September 10, 2017
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FIVE CHAMPIONS FOR A DELUXE PANERAI COPA DEL REY

HALLOWE’EN (1926) WINS FOR FIRST TIME IN BIG BOATS AFTER NEARLY PERFECT RACE
PLAYED OUT AMONG TWO-METRE-HIGH WAVES. LINNET (1905), IN VINTAGE GAFF;
CIPPINO (1949), IN VINTAGE MARCONI; ARDI (1968), IN CLASSICS AND CALIMA (1970), IN
SPIRIT OF TRADITION, COMPLETE HONOUR ROLL.

Mahón, September 2017.- A great final race crowned Hallowe’en (1926) the Panerai Copa del Rey champion

in the Big Boats vintage yachts class. Inigo Strez’s yacht did a nearly perfect third and final set to take the lead
in real and corrected time over her main adversary, Moonbeam IV (1914), which came in second.
Despite being smaller, the winning yacht, which sails with the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and whose history
includes having held the FastNet race record for 13 years (from 1926 to 1939), was the fastest in the large yachts
fleet The final race played out with a NE wind of between 15 and 18 knots veering east and waves over two metres high.

Nordwind (1939), the yacht built by the German navy at the start of World War II, came third, after Moonbeam of
Fife (1903) withdrew from the final race after breaking a shroud on the Friday.
The Vintage Marconi class (yachts launched before 1950 with triangular-rigged sails) was comfortably won by the
Cippino (1949), owned by Daniel Sielecki, who sails under the flag of the Yacht Club Argentino. She came first in the
three races in the Panerai Copa and was crowned best yacht on the national classic yachts circuit following her
victories in the Puig Vela Clásica Barcelona Trophy and the Illes Balears Clàssics regatta organised by Club de
Mar Mallorca.


The Ardi, a 1968 One Ton designed by Abeking and Rasmussen, won the classic category (yachts launched
between 1950 and 1975), which attracted 20 competitors, thanks to a good last set in which she was beaten only by
II Moro di Venezia (1975). Barbara Trilling’s Argos (1964), which had reached the final session tied with the Ardi on
points, had a bad day and crossed the finishing line in seventh place, putting her third in the general category.
The Guía (1967) came second after doing well today and ended fourth.
The Calima (1970), the king of champions of the Panerai Copa in Mahón, today wrote a new page in its incredible
sporting success. Javier Pujol’s yacht, a Sparkman & Stephens built at the Carabela shipyards in Spain, won the
last race of the competition in the Spirit of Tradition class to deliver her 11th win in the most important event on
the Spanish classic and vintage yachts circuit. She fought it out to the end with the Lohengrin (1974), which came
second, and the Legolas (2003), which took bronze.

 

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