Panerai Transat Classique 2015, Altair queen of the ocean

Screenshot 2015-01-22 at 10:58:17 a.m.An Atlantic crossing from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Fort-de-France in Martinique. 3,000 miles. Not aboard modern cruisers or ocean-going behemoths, but gorgeous sea queens. That, in a nutshell, is the Panerai Transat Classique, now in its third edition (after those of 2008 and 2012), which saw ten classic boats lined up on the starting line.

These are the stars of the regatta: Adventuress, the auric schooner launched in 1924 at the Fife shipyards in Fairlie, Scotland, now owned by Turkish-American Victor Janovich; Altair, one of the most beautiful schooners, also from Fife, born in 1931; Amazon, a 22-meter marconi yawl by Camper & Nicholson built in 1971 to the design of Sparkman & Stephens, regulars of long races; another marconi yawl, this time designed and built by Simms Brothers in New York in 1948, Argyll; Corto, a 13-meter fiberglass Bermudian sloop from 1970, signed by Dick Carter; Desiderata, 1975 ketch designed by John G. Alden; Faiaoahe, a 25-meter aluminum new classic from 2006 (launched by French shipyards Alu Marine); Gweneven, Swan 38 of 1975 (designed by Olin Stephens); The Blue Peter, 19.65-meter marconi cutter built by the British firm of King & Son in 1930 to designs by Alfred Mylne and Vagabundo II, 14 meters designed by Gérman Frers Senior in 1945 and built in the South African shipyards of Domingo Catani, made of exotic woods.

Screenshot 2015-01-22 at 10:57:11 a.m.ALTAIR THE FASTEST
In the end, Altair came out on top, winning in real time. A 1931 boat completed the route in 13 days, 3 hours, 12 minutes and 53 seconds, at an average speed of 8.8 knots. At the time of writing (Thursday, Jan. 22) it is the only boat to arrive even though the second yacht, the yawl Amazon, is a handful of miles away, while about 100 miles away is Argyll.



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