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While clas­sic schooners of­ten par­tic­i­pate in clas­sic yacht re­gat­tas, they face the dif­fi­culty of hav­ing very dif­fer­ent sail­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics com­pared with other clas­sic yachts. This leaves them at a dis­ad­van­tage un­der most cur­rent rat­ing sys­tems.

Which is why own­ers and en­thu­si­asts of these ves­sels have just launched a new ini­tia­tive – the for­ma­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Schooner As­so­ci­a­tion.

In late Septem­ber the 40th edi­tion of the Ré­gates Royales in Cannes at­tracted what was pos­si­bly the great­est group of clas­sic schooners gath­ered to­gether in mod­ern times. At a re­cep­tion and din­ner hosted by one of the ves­sel’s own­ers – To­mas de Var­gas Machuca – own­ers or rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 10 schooners signed up to the launch of the new as­so­ci­a­tion.

The in­ten­tion is for the as­so­ci­a­tion to run events specif­i­cally and ex­clu­sively for clas­sic schooners. The hope is to build a pro­gramme and a se­ries such that, as well as in­di­vid­ual re­gatta prizes, there can be an an­nual per­pet­ual tro­phy awarded to the ‘Schooner of the Year’.

Plans are afoot for the first event to be held in Capri next spring. The for­ma­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion is sup­ported by the In­ter­na­tional Maxi As­so­ci­a­tion, whose func­tion is to guide, struc­ture and en­cour­age all types of maxi yacht rac­ing.

These 10 founder mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Schooner As­so­ci­a­tion are the own­ers of:

In­vader 1905 Orion 1910 Ma­ri­ette of 1915 Pu­ri­tan 1931 Orianda 1937 Aschanti IV of Vege­sack (1954) Elena of Lon­don 2009 (replica of 1910 de­sign) At­lantic 2010 (replica of 1903 de­sign) Ger­ma­nia Nova 2011 (replica of 1907 Ger­ma­nia) Naema 2013 (in­spired by an Al­fred Mylne de­sign)

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