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Officine Panerai Announces Results of the 2010 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

Regatta winner and Sumurun owner Robert Tobin is awarded the Panerai special edition Radiomir Regatta 1/8 Second Titanio – 47 mm

Officine Panerai announced today the results of the annual Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Panerai is proud to serve as the Title Sponsor of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (ACYC), the first regatta of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge season. The ACYC is one of the largest and most renowned classic yacht races in the world, and attracts a collection of some of the world’s most beautiful sailing vessels, including the Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts and tall ships. This year’s regatta took place April 15th – 20th and attracted more than 52 vintage and classic boats of all sizes for the annual competition.

After five days of rugged sailing in the teal-blue waters of the Caribbean — sometimes under cloud cover or occasional rain — the prize-giving ceremony took place in historic Nelson Dockyard on April 20th in front of a rapturous crowd of expert and novice sailors, and sailing aficionados alike.

Winning a Panerai barometer in Classic Class was Aschanti IV and in Vintage Class was Sumurun, while the Traditional Class was won by Genesis and the Spirit of Tradition class was won by Rebecca. First place for Classic GRP Class (fiberglass boats of traditional design) was won by Sunshine. A special edition Radiomir Regatta 1/8th Second Titanio – 47 mm, designed especially for this year’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge season, was awarded to the overall boat with Best Total Corrected Time, Sumurun, and its owner Mr. Robert Tobin.

European travel restrictions kept Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati from attending the ACYR, for the first time ever since Panerai’s initial sponsorship, however he sent his congratulations to the winning sailors and all who participated via a statement given at the prize-giving ceremony, “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta again this year, for the fifth consecutive year, and we believe all of the participants here, both the sailing vessel-kind and the human-kind, represent the best of this elegant and graceful sport.”

Panerai is well-known for its sponsorship of world class yachting throughout Europe, the Caribbean and New England. The North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge will begin in New England in August with the newly-expanded circuit which adds the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead, Mass. (August 6th – 8th) to the already established PCYC regattas: the Opera House Cup in Nantucket, Mass. (August 12th – 15th) and the Museum of Yachting’s Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport, RI (September 3rd – 5th); rounding out for the first time the North American Circuit.

Other PCYC regattas include the British Classic Yacht Club Cowes Regatta July 17th – 24th in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK and the Mediterranean Circuit, encompassing: Les Voiles d’Antibes, June 2nd – 6th, in Antibes, France; Copa Del Ray in Minorca, Spain (August 25th – 29th), Vele d’epoca di Imperia in Italy (September 8th – 12th) and the Regates Royales in Cannes, France (September 22nd – 25th).

About Officine Panerai

Officine Panerai, a manufacturer of fine Italian-designed, Swiss-made watches represents a unique combination of the brand’s Florentine tradition as precision instrument- and watch-makers for the Italian Royal Navy, elegant design, and the finest watch craftsmanship in the world. Each model express authenticity, creativity, passion and a specific DNA that always harkens back to the brand’s Florentine roots, and to the sea.

Panerai watches are sold exclusively through an international network of authorized retailers and in Panerai boutiques around the world.

For more information, visit www.panerai.com

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