Alba wins the Classic boats Panerai Trophy 2013

The 10th edition of the Copa del Rey of Classic and Vintage Boats Panerai Trophy has just finished in Mahon. For two days, the bestshaped vintage and classic yachts have duelled in Menorcan waters. The last race, reserved for Saturday 31st, was suspended as a consequence of the strong North wind, with an intensity of up to 30 knots and waves of two and a half meters, very hard conditions for boats of this category.

Alba (1956), owned by Damián Ribas, commodore of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, was the fastest classic boat (built between 1950 and 1975), getting the first and second positions.

The Copa del Rey of Classic and Vintage Boats Panerai Trophy closed its 10th edition with an amazing sporting success and fully consolidated as one of the reference events of the classic sail Mediterranean calendar. The organization has been able to gather, from August 27th to the 31st, fifty vessels built between 1903 and 1975 coming from 12 countries. This regatta enjoys a very significant popularity among ship owners and sailors, and it is one of the most crowded races in the calendar. The island’s waters and weather, they explain, meet the ideal characteristics for sailing. All this adds up to the beauty of the Mahon natural port, which turns port entrances into a stunning show.

 Video 1st day

Vídeo 2n day

Launched in 2003 by the Club Marítimo de Mahón (CMM) and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB), the Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época -- Vela Clásica Menorca has, over its seven years, attracted hundreds of "Ladies of the Sea" with their owners and crews to the enchanting Balearic island, whose natural harbour has been one of the most strategic in the whole of the western Mediterranean since antiquity. The variety of winds, the crystal clear waters and the breathtaking scenery together with the classic and vintage boats that flock in great numbers to the island to take part in the Spanish stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, a part of the Mediterranean Circuit, turn this event into an unforgettable spectacle.

See the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge website

About Alba

Launched in 1956, the Alba is a Yawl designed by Philip Rhodes in his study in New York. It was moved to Germany with a freighter to keep on its construction in Abeking & Rasmussen, the prestigious shipyards frequented by the Americans during the post war years, when the medium size regatta yachts became on fashion, n 1978 the yacht became property of a Swiss man who sailed mainly by the Mediterranean. Until 1989 when Ugo Baravalle, a ship collector who even had his own shipyard; became its owner and restored the modifications that the Alba’s suffered during its last 22 years of navigation.

In 2000 was purchased by a Spanish man residing in Monaco. Finally in 2003 Damián Ribas became its actual owner.