Capri Classica – stepping back to yachting’s grand epoch

Capri Classica

The Capri Classica is organised by the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia, the Yacht Club Capri, the International Schooner Association (ISA) with the support of the International Maxi Association and in cooperation with Porto Turistico di Capri and the Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca. But it has come about following the establishment of the ISA in September.

“We founded the ISA last year to get like-minded owners and crews to talk to each other,” explains Tomas de Vargas Machuca, President of the International Schooner Association, whose company, The Classic Yacht Experience, owns and runs two of the Capri Classica entries, Puritan and Orianda. “What we found is that in normal regattas, schooners are always put into classes that don’t suit their needs - schooners prefer wide reaches, which typically you don’t get. So we got fellow owners and captains talking to each other and we set up the ISA.”

The result of this has been the Schooner Cup Series 2019, which, following the Capri Classica, continues with Monaco Classic Week and Les Voiles de St Tropez, where the first winner of the Schooner Cup Series will be crowned. Of this trio of events the Capri Classica is the only one set up especially for the new circuit.

“It is a really great to start the summer in a place like Capri – a nice private regatta with friends. What’s not to like?” continues Mariette of 1915’s Charlie Wroe. “The ISA is a good idea because it is here to promote like-for-like sailing for our yachts. You see how the J Class Association has produced some spectacular regattas and we enjoy racing against other big gaff-rigged boats, so it made perfect sense. We have done regattas in the past, in St Tropez especially, where you get a fleet of 10+ gaff-rigged boats and it is as spectacular a sight as you can see in sailing. Hopefully this will provide the impetus to encourage more people to come racing.”

Naema – 128ft built in 2012, inspired by the 1938 Alfred Mylne design Panda.

Naema – 128ft built in 2012, inspired by the 1938 Alfred Mylne design Panda.

It is also about preventing skills from simply being lost. As Tomas de Vargas Machuca adds: “We keep the tradition of sailing schooners alive. We train a lot of youngsters in a kind of ‘academy’. It is attracting young people to older boats. There is a time for carbon fibre and a time for tradition – this is the latter!”

Celebrating these traditions will be reflected in this event where, post-racing, crews will demonstrate the skills and habits employed on classic schooners, from intricate ropework to the singing of sea shanties. Perhaps most exciting for the competitive side of the Capri Classica will be the rare opportunity to see the yachts starting from anchor during some races, just as they did in the 19th century, including the first editions of the America’s Cup.

Following a welcome cocktail party on the dockside this evening, with refreshments including gin from the exclusive Downton Distillery, racing at the inaugural Capri Classica starts tomorrow with a first warning signal at 1200. It continues until Saturday 11th May when the final race will conclude off Capri’s Faraglioni rocks, followed by a prize-giving in the charming Marina Piccola on Capri’s south side.

The competitors

Mariette of 1915 –138ft 1915 Nathanael Herreshoff schooner
Naema – 128ft built in 2012, inspired by the 1938 Alfred Mylne design Panda
Orianda –85ft 1937 Dahlstrom staysail schooner
Puritan –126ft 1930 Alden gaff schooner

Schedule:

• Tuesday May 7th
12:00-17.00 Arrival and Registration
17:00 Inauguration of the Schooner Village
19.00 Welcome Cocktail
• Wednesday May 8th
09.30 Skippers’ Briefing at the Schooner Village
12.00 Race start
20.30 Evening Entertainment
• Thursday May 9th - Race day N.1
09.30 Skippers’ Briefing at the Schooner Village
12.00 Race start
20.30 Evening Entertainment
• Friday May 10th - Race day N.2
09.30 Skippers’ Briefing at the Schooner Village
12.00 Race start
20.30 Evening Entertainment
• Saturday May 11th - Race day N.3
 09.30 Skippers’ Briefing at the Schooner Village
12.00 Race start
(Qualifying round of the Schooner Cup Series)
18.30 Prizegiving Ceremony

More information on the International Schonner Association visit http://internationalschoonerassociation.com/

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    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.

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