Anyone with a sense of nautical tradition will have thrilled to the on-water action at Panerai British Classics Week, which came to an end on Sunday. Over 40 classics of all sizes – members of the British Classic Yacht Club – gathered in the Solent for some committed racing in the most settled period of weather of the summer.
British Classic Yacht Club rear commodore David Orton was delighted with how this year’s regatta has gone, saying: “The weather exceeded all my expectations and I was surprised by the high standard of sailing. Seeing Britain’s yachting history sailed by real enthusiasts is a wonderfully uplifting experience.”
At the final prize-giving gala dinner the assembled fleet paid tribute to its class winners as they received their trophies, but the biggest applause of all was saved for the British Classic Yacht Club Racing Trophy – along with a Panerai watch – which was presented to Murdoch McKillop’s stunning 1931 William Fife classic 8 Metre Saskia. On accepting his prize Murdoch McKillop spoke on behalf of the competitors to thank the organisers of the event, the race officers, Panerai, EFG International and the other sponsors, and the weather gods for making this such a fantastic week. The Panerai British Classic Week 2014 will take place from July 12 to 19. For more images, click here: