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Sophie Colin
News | 15 oct.
When the competition climax was reached, it was difficult for us to realize we had embarked on a yacht built in 1936, which, only a few years ago, still looked like a wreck. Elegant and bold, Eilean extended all its sails to reach victory. At some point, ready to launch into the race, the crew came closer to the skipper, master and commander, and to his assistant. The two men had previously studied the yacht route and identified their main adversary. A spectacular coordination between all members on board was set off by the captain orders. Everything was done to keep him concentrated until the very end of the race. Transmission, security orders were relayed among everyone and a sense of attentiveness was palpable on the 22-metre Bermudian ketch.
A new life has been given to historical sailing ships, thanks to the dedication of enthusiasts. « We are in a logic of transmission, pleasure boat expert Jacques Taglang explained. A thorough investigation based on archives and photographs made restoration of their story possible. »
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Restoration aimed for perfection. The yacht was entirely dismantled and an inventory of all its components was drawn up. The shipyard experts estimated that for a 10 metres yacht, the budget for restoration amounted to a minimum of 300 000 euros and could go up to a few millions. « Eilean is not to be considered as an investment nor a costly caprice, it is part of a cultural heritage that enthusiasts wish to preserve », Jacques Taglang pointed out.
Officine Panerai entrusted Francesco Del Carlo de Viareggio with Eilean's restoration. Renovation also implied innovation, modernisation and securing. « Coton sails were replaced by synthetic fabrics, mainly to achieve lightness and to facilitate drying and repair. GPS, radars and other electronic items are now part of the yacht equipment », Jacques Taglang added.
The ship maintenance is managed by the skipper who handles repairs himself, or orders them to the shipyard staff. Servicing costs 4 to 10 000 € per year and per metre. It is a delicate initiative for a yacht like Eilean, composed of wood and metal.
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Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

Best moments from the Régates Royales competition in Cannes on 25 -26 September 2015

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Pluris selected 2 models from the Luminor collection by Panerai

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To help the skipper manage time at departure, Panerai offers a « Regatta » version of Luminor 1950, with automatic flyback chrono. At departure signal, it indicates time left before starting the race : yachts have to take best advantage of the wind and the flows in order to stay the closest to the departure line. A few precious minutes the chronograph can calculate through a practical and esthetic option.
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With Luminor Marina 1950 in 42 mm, Panerai offers a very elegant watch smaller than the usual Luminor standards. Including automatic mechanical movement and device protecting the crown - Protected as a Panerai trademark.
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