Every year in the third weekend of August, the island of Nantucket, hosts the Opera House Cup, the second leg of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Spectators from all over come to the island to watch this event and this year you couldn’t have asked for better weather!
The Opera House Cup takes its name from the eponymous venue whose owner, in 1973, had the idea of organizing the first all-wooden sail boats, single-hulled classic boat regatta on the East Coast. It is the oldest regatta of this kind to take place along the East Coast of the United States and attracts some of the finest sailboats in the world.
Each year, a large fleet of vintage boats gathers, giving life to a unique and thrilling spectacle against the backdrop of the picturesque heart of Nantucket. The luxury Italian timepiece manufacturer, Panerai is the title sponsor of the Opera House Cup.
Years Running: 42
Yacht Club: Nantucket Community Sailing (Nantucket, MA – USA)
The OHC Regatta and Awards Party benefit Nantucket Community Sailing.
2015 Opera House Cup Results
1st Place – Foggy, a 74-foot fast day-sailor launched in June at the Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine and designed by Frers in Germany and architect Frank Gehry, won Sunday’s 43rd Opera House Cup wooden-sailboat race. Click here to read more about how this amazing wooden sailboat was crafted.
Skippered by Richard Cohen in winds of 10-12 knots out of the southwest to west, the sleek wooden yacht with massive black sails started with the last group of boats and quickly worked its way up through the 20.3-mile course, crossing the finish line in first place.
2nd Place – Spartan, the 72-foot 1912 New York 50 skippered by Charlie Ryan, finished second.
3rd Place – Galavant, placed third with John Tagiuri at the helm.
For a full list of all the winners click here.
We just had to post this amazing drone video by TakeFlight Video of the Rainbow Parade and the Nantucket Lightship leaving the dock prior to the start of the Opera House Cup Regatta, August 17, 2014. This has to be one of the best videos we have ever seen. Click HERE to see the video.