Between June 14 and 19, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge moves to Tuscany in Italy for the 17th edition of the Argentario Sailing Week. The town of Porto Santo Stefano welcomes a fleet of around 50 craft that will do battle at the traditional regatta organised annually by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano in partnership with Officine Panerai.
The three scheduled races will be held between Friday and Sunday, but will be preceded on Wednesday, June 15, by the Trofeo Vele d’Argento, a coastal race along a route that straddles the beaches of Giannella, Talamone and the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. The Trofeo is a new addition to the Argentario Sailing Week and offers the classic fleet the opportunity to race on longer courses than the traditional triangles. The prize-giving for the Trofeo Vele d’Argento takes place at a cocktail party at the Yacht Club Santo Stefano on Thursday, June 16.
As is the case every year, the Italian Navy will be competing several of its historic sailing yachts which are used during the summer season for training cruises for Naval Academy cadets.
Began in 1992 under the name Vele d’Argento and rechristened Argentario Sailing Week in 1999, the Porto Santo Stefano fixture is now one of the great classics of the vintage sailing season. Owners, crews and fans gather in Porto Vecchio, known also as “La Pilarella”, from the name of one of the districts into which the charming seaside village that hosts the event is traditionally divided.