The International Classic Boat Regatta organised by Segel-Motorbootclub Friedrichshafen (SMCF) is a classic in itself – after all, it has been held as part of INTERBOOT since 1980. And like classic ships themselves, the regatta never goes out of fashion – steady participation figures of between 25 and 40 boats prove that owners of maritime treasures love to come to Friedrichshafen, where the historic ferry “Schussen”, the SMCF’s clubhouse, also offers a suitable backdrop for the presentation ceremony and the after-party.
Classic yachts, like the wishbone ketch PORCUPINE II, which was built in 1934, have often been privately owned by families for decades. When making the essential cosmetic repairs and additions, they pay close attention to ensuring that the adaptations are faithful to the original. The regattas are exhibitions of great sportsmanship in every way: While owners are careful not to damage other boats, as they know what repairs cost, they still sail their boats as fast as possible, even in high winds. As few of these ships are fitted with modern equipment, this is often back-breaking work for the sailors. The organisers also need to take these factors into account, and SMCF sees the participation of many entrants for many years as proof that the sailors are extremely satisfied with the experienced regatta crew. The course is always the same: it’s another tradition: From the start in front of Friedrichshafen’s lakeside promenade to Immenstaad, across the lake to Uttwil in Switzerland and back to the finish at Friedrichshafen.
Besides commemorative prizes and cups, the “Blue Nose Challenge Award” and the INTERBOOT Cup are presented. The Association of Friends of “Classic Yachts” endows a prize for the oldest of the five fastest yachts by calculated time. A beautiful half model is presented as a challenge prize for the fastest traditional 15 m² dinghy cruiser. All participating crew members receive a meal and a free drink, as well as a free ticket to INTERBOOT.
The “Museum Port” is a special attraction for both regatta participants and spectators. Participants in the Classic Regatta and other classic boats, including some motorboats, will be moored at a jetty in the INTERBOOT port and can be viewed. All week at INTERBOOT one or more boat owners will be on hand to answer questions on ships, technology and history. The classic ships can moor free-of-charge at INTERBOOT.