Organizers of The Newport Classic Yacht Regatta, the third and final leg of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, have announced that in an effort to grow the event among both boats and spectators that they will move from Fort Adams State Park and will be based at IYRS.

The 37th edition of the race is set to take place on September 3 – 4th and the core players of the event are still very much engaged, including IYRS, Sail Newport, and title sponsor Panerai.
“This has been greeted very positively,” according to Terry Nathan, IYRS President.  “Many of the yacht owners and crew have shared with us the desire for more convenient access and some healthy change.”

This comes at a time in which 2016 has brought change to the classic community with the genesis of the Classic Yacht Owners Association – now with over 150 private owner members and support from major yacht clubs and regattas, especially in the New England circuit.

“We are part of a very proud group of founding members,” says Nathan, “and are pleased that this association is both up and running and with an impressive governance structure built on broad owner input.”

“IYRS has a pretty good history of successful events on its school campus, catering to both sponsors and participants,” says Jenny Holmqvist, IYRS Events Manager.  “Our annual gala has become a go-to summer event in Newport.” Nathan added further that “the event will now be more accessible to the public providing Panerai, the event, and IYRS with great brand building.

Founded in 1980 by a group of Newport-based classic yacht owners and fans who wanted to preserve and promote the culture of classic yachting, the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta (CYR) brings together yachts designed and built by some of the greatest American masters. Through the years, these wonderful vessels have been maintained by equally passionate and talented professionals and yacht owners. The CYR is the final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Winners of the Panerai series are awarded at the ceremony on Sunday evening, Sep 4.

Schedule of Events for 37th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

Friday, September 2
1700 – 1900 Registration and Check-in
1800 – 2000 Welcome party

Saturday, September 3
0830 – 0930 Check-in
0930 Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting
1155 Initial Warning Signal

Sunday, September 4
1030 Classic Yacht Parade begins at harbor entrance
1155 Initial Warning Signal
1800 Cocktail Party
1930 Awards Dinner

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).