The classic sailing world is preparing for the most spectacular event of the season which this year also celebrates a first-time alliance of absolute excellence. Officine Panerai, the Italian sports haute horlogerie brand and long-time promoter of classic sailing through the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, is the Atlantic Yacht Club’s new partner in the Panerai Transat Classique 2012, a regatta that will see a fleet of dozens of stunning classic sailing yachts cast off on December 2nd to race their way across the Atlantic Ocean.
Hundreds of passionate owners, skippers and crew will be competing in a race that is much more than a mere celebration of the extraordinary elegance, beauty, craftsmanship and uniqueness of classic boats. The Panerai Transat Classique 2012 is also a challenge that pits human strength, courage and valour against the immense power of the sea. In fact, the participants will be sailing 4,000 miles of ocean on crafts that in certain cases are over a century old. They will be powered on their voyage not only by the winds and ocean currents but, more importantly, by the huge passion shared by all sea lovers.
The great ladies of the sea taking part in the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 cast off from Cascais, in Portugal, home to the prestigious Clube Naval de Cascais, bound for the Caribbean haven of Barbados, a real “treasure island” whose beauty alone will provide a first well-deserved reward for the competitors. The yachts may also accumulate points for the final standings in the course of two preliminary races, participation in which is optional. The latter start from Douarnenez in Brittany (July 22nd 2012) and Saint-Tropez (October 25th 2012), before the entire fleet gathers at Cascais to race its way across the Atlantic.
Almost 40 yachts have already entered the Panerai Transat Classique and amongst them are some of the most famous names in sailing history, including Pen Duick II, Moonbeam IV, Marianna and The Blue Peter. The winner will be presented with an Officine Panerai Special Edition watch (500 pieces) with the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 logo engraved on its case-back.