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Sep. 9th, 2011

Black Watch Overall Winner of North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge

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The Museum of Yachting (MoY) 32nd Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai, was held September 3-4 in Newport, R.I. and wrapped up the final segment of the second-annual North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge circuit.

Dozens of classic and vintage boats participated in nearly all of the three New England regattas which comprise the N.A. Circuit: Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (August 12-14, Marblehead, Mass.), Opera House Cup (August 18-21, Nantucket, Mass.) and MoY Classic Yacht Regatta (September 2-4, Newport, R.I.).

Gary Gregory, owner of Valiant, walked away with a Limited Edition Panerai timepiece as the overall winner of the MoY Classic Yacht Regatta, while Trevor Fetter’s Sparkman & Stephens yawl Black Watch received the trophy for the overall winner of the North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Meanwhile the W-76 Wild Horses, owned by Donald Tofias, won the circuit’s Spirit-of-Tradition Division Award. 

Each boat that was first-in-class in the following categories received an heirloom-quality Panerai Barometer which was presented by Panerai N.A. President Rafael Alvarez. The class winners were: Wild Horses, which won the Spirit of Tradition fleet; Valiant took first place in the classic non-spinnaker class; Belle, helmed by owner Joe Loughborough, won the 6-Meter division; Firefly captured the S-Boat class; and Columbia took first place in the 12-Meter class.
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