This year marked the 10th year of Panerai's sponsorship of the 43rd annual Opera House Cup Regatta in Nantucket. The Opera House Cup Regatta is an annual race for classic wooden yachts that takes place on the Island. I had the opportunity to go out and watch the regatta with Panerai and it was truly a sight to behold (see pictures below).
This year's regatta featured 55 registered yachts that participated in the Cup. Of the boats were a number of classic yachts of all different sizes. The winner of this year's Opera House Cup was BAPPLE, a 26' Alerion, whose skipper, Bruce Failing, took home the prestigious award, and a Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio - 47mm (PAM000514) (pictured below).
The dark horse was FOGGY (pictured below) --a yacht designed by "starchitect" Frank Gehry and naval architect Germán Frere, and built by Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine. (Note fractured glass skylight on the main deck.) This boat was truly breath-taking to see move in the water and was quite a beast compared to the other boats. FOGGY won with the best corrected time, due to it's non-traditional design and wood veneered hull.
The weekend on Nantucket was spectacular and the Island was buzzing with excitement. To continue the festivities, Panerai hosted a sail with their sponsored charity, Sailing Heals, after the Opera House Cup Regatta. According to their mission statement, “Sailing Heals partners with sailors to offer VIP patient guests and their caregivers a memorable day of healing on the water.” I was able to witness first hand the guests, and speak with some of the volunteer captions, and can say that this is a wonderful cause that allows people to experience the freedom that comes with being on the water. Sailing Heals sponsors sails at a number of locations on the East Coast. For more information please visit their website here.
All images by Cory Silken, courtesy of Panerai.