Ruweida V classic triumph

The 38th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta, 26 & 27 August, presented by IYRS concluded in Newport with R-Class Ruweida V, restored by IYRS students, as the overall winner.

Photography by Tyler Fields

28 August 2017


In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge went to S&S Sonny in the Vintage Division and 12-Meter Valiant in the Grand Prix Division. The Challenge is comprised of five regattas throughout August with the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta as the final event.

The Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta is a two-day regatta of classic yachts, and the importance of the craft associated with their restoration.

For the first time, the 2017 event commenced in Bristol, Rhode Island with an 11.1 nautical mile distance race to Newport. 12-Meter Columbia was first across the line and first overall on corrected time.

Approximately 45 classic motor and sailing yachts paraded through Newport Harbor before racing a 10 nm buoy race.


The final day of racing was sailed under sunny skies in a light northerly breeze. At the conclusion of the two-day event, Ruweida V won both the Vintage Day Racer division and was the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta overall winner.

Tim Rutter’s NY 40 Marilee placed first in the Vintage Classics Division, J. Craig Venter’s S&S Sonny won the Vintage Corinthian Division and 12-Meter Valiant won the Grand Prix Yacht Division.

Cumulative Results from regatta can be viewed HERE.

Joe Huber, owner of Ruweida said, “This is terrific, it’s a really good night. We’ve been sailing Ruweida for the last six years and constantly improving; so we’re really happy with the results from this regatta here at IYRS.”

Newport Classic Yacht Regatta Co-Chair, Carol O’Malley said, “It was exciting to see the many beautiful classic yachts sailing on Narragansett Bay over the past two days. For the first time, we collaborated with the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta and added a distance race from Bristol to Newport to link the two events.

“We look forward to building on this foundation to continue to grow the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta and classic yacht racing on Narragansett Bay.”

Following two days of racing on Narragansett Bay, teams and their crews celebrated the final event in the Panerai North American Classic Yacht Challenge where the top performers in each class were recognised. In addition to the Class Awards, Kid, owned by David Snediker was awarded the Tom Benson Restoration Award; the Clingstone Cannon for best Corinthian Spirit was awarded to Fred Roy, owner of the S Boat Surprise; and the Race Committee aboard Carina II (a classic motor yacht) was recognised for best costumes in the yacht parade.

About the Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

The Newport Classic Yacht Regatta is the continuation of a long history of classic yacht racing in Newport. Started 37 years ago at the Museum of Yachting, the regatta continues at the IYRS School of Technology and Trades.

The Newport Classic Yacht Regatta is the final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge which also includes the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (Marblehead, MA), the Sail Nantucket Regatta and the Nantucket Opera House Cup Regatta (Nantucket, MA), and the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta (Bristol, RI). The regatta attracts classic yachts with extraordinary pedigrees.

Title sponsor, Panerai, is returns for the 13th year as the title sponsor of the Classic Yacht Regatta. The high-end Italian-designed time piece brand has deep-rooted links to the sea, the true heritage of the Brand, which bestows on each timepiece a sporting character that is unique and authentic – much like the exceptionally crafted yachts competing in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series globally.  IYRS is a world-renowned school that teaches the craft associated with great making.

Additional industry sponsors include Classic Yacht Owners Association, Code-Zero, East Passage Boatwrights, Newport Shipyard, Ocean Navigator, Regatta Ginger Beer, Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission, Sail Newport, and Santa Margherita.


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