This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge and the United States Sailboat Show.
The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge returns Sept. 4-5 to Newport, R.I., for the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta, the final leg of its American circuit.
To mark the 31st running of this classic Newport event, regatta organizers Panerai and Land Rover have included events so that Rhode Islanders, Newport visitors and other classic-boat enthusiasts can enjoy the regatta festivities.
Panerai will start Sept. 3 with a festive opening-night celebration at the Museum of Yachting's waterfront home at Fort Adams State Park.
Organizing authority Sail Newport will run two days of racing, starting on Saturday and concluding Sunday afternoon, when the racing fleet will again mix restored classics with "spirit of tradition" yachts of contemporary build and classic styling.
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Annapolis, Md.-area boaters can learn the basics of sailboat rigging from veteran local instructors at a new class held in October during the United States Sailboat Show.
DIY Boat Owner magazine will sponsor the class from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Annapolis Marriott, adjacent to the boat show.
Those who attend will receive three hours of hands-on instruction from experts with decades of experience and the chance to talk one-on-one with these experts and ask questions about their boat and their projects.
Instructors for the class are Mike Meer, owner of Southbound Cruising Services in Annapolis; Andy Schell, a licensed captain and rigger based in Annapolis; and John Franta, owner of Colligo Marine in Arizona.
The class features catered snacks and drinks, and all participants will receive a gear bag with a stainless-steel "deck key," and other products, samples and discounts worth more than $100.
A raffle will give away an Autotether Wireless Safety Lanyard, a GRP Moisture Meter and a dozen other prizes.
The class costs $45 for individuals and $75 for couples. Boaters are not required to attend the show in order to attend the class.