One of the pleasures of racing classic boats is the sheer variety of vessels that the events bring together. A typical regatta might include anything from an 1898 fin-keeled racer to a 200-ton replica schooner, and pretty much everything in between. Almost by definition, each boat entered in a classic boat race is unique.
So how does such a disparate bunch of boats race together with any credibility? In truth, much of the racing during the early years of the movement was pretty haphazard and – with some notable exceptions – often reduced to a mere ‘parade of sail’. That all changed in 2001 with the creation of the Prada Classic Yacht Challenge, which has since become the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge, and which first drew together most of the Mediterranean regattas into a single series.
In an effort to ensure a reasonably level playing field...
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