Moonbeam IV (Big Boats), Chinook (Vintage Yachts), Il Moro di Venezia I (Classic Yachts) and Kookaburra III (Spirit of Tradition) emerged as the winners of the coveted Panerai watches at the 19th Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, which finished on Sep 11th at Imperia, Italy. The fleet competing in the 3rd Mediterranean round of the 2016 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge raced over a mix of coastal and triangular courses in superbly sunny weather and winds of around 15 knots.
The extraordinarily spectacular sight afforded by the 70 participating boats attracted not just thousands of sailing professionals and enthusiasts, but also one very special guest: New Zealand yachtsman Russell Coutts was in Toulon for the America’s Cup World Series.he made the trip to Imperia to compete aboard Eilean, Officine Panerai’s own 1936 yacht.
Coutts, who won gold in the 1984 Olympics and is a five-time America’s Cup winner, is one of the living legends of international sailing. However, Imperia was the first time he had helmed a vintage craft in competition, something he did with great success as Eilean took one second and two firsts in her category in her three races. Coutts was also sporting one of the most innovative watches in the Florentine luxury sports watchmaker’s latest collections: the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic, which features a case made from a special carbon-fibre-based material.
Being held in France between September 18 and 25 at the 38th Régates Royales de Cannes, 2016 Panerai Trophy season winners will be presented with their prizes.