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 in the waters off Nantucket; it gets its name from the Opera House Restaurant, whose owner, Gwen Gaillard, came up with the idea for the regatta in 1973, after hearing local sailors lament the absence of a regatta for classic wooden-hull yachts. In the subsequent four decades it’s evolved to become one of the most spectacular exhibitions of sailing yachts in the world; 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. Among 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′ from Alerion, whose skipper, Bruce Failing, took home the prestigious award, and a Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (PAM000514):