This annual regatta which forms a part of a worldwide series of classic regattas was held for the 10th time at Club Maritimo de Mahon, Menorca. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the regatta and get out on the water for the opening day’s racing, which was a real privilege. Conditions, as can be seen from the photographs were just about perfect !
As you will see from the photographs, this was a stunning beauty parade of some of the prettiest yachts in the world, which are lovingly maintained by their owners and crew.
The fleet included four of the 15 metre class yachts including the famous Hispania which was originally built in 1909, but restored by Fairlie yachts in the UK just 2005 after being found in a sorry state. The other three boats in the fleet were: Tuiga of Yacht Club de Monaco, Mariska from St Tropez, and Lady Anne representing RORC.
Also present was Cambria , a William Fife design from 1928, she is one of the only surviving yachts of the 23 metre class. She was originally built for Sir William Berry , a media mogul of his day, and owner of “Yachting World” magazine. She was restored to her former glory in order to compete in the 2001 America’s Cup jubilee regatta at Cowes.
The prettiest Yacht, in my opinion of the whole fleet was “Chinook”, a 1916 Herreshoff design from the USA. As you can see from her photograph she is a wonderful example of this era, and is now owned by Graham Walker, a real stalwart of British yachting over the years, and a past competitor in many Admirals Cups, with his yacht “Indulgence”.
Our favourite , of course, was “ISLANDER” , a 17.2 mtr G.L Watson design !!!