Summer is the best time to go on holiday but there are plenty different things you can do in your sailing vacation besides visiting fabulous places. Some of the most prestigious nautical competitions are held this year at the end of the summer and this is not the only reason to schedule a holiday in August. Here are some major upcoming events from different areas that might interest you.

Regatta Illes Balears Classics – Mallorca

For the 2017 edition, the organizers have in plan some changes that will improve the overall experience for participants and spectators alike. One aim is to encourage Mediterranean clubs which can work closely and promote this type of sailing competitions.

This classy event brings together some of the most beautiful vessels in the world which preserve their charm and perfect condition despite their age.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held this year between 16-21 August in its traditional location, Pebble Beach, California. This is one of the most illustrious automotive events worldwide and the great thing about it is that it’s being organized for charitable purpose. Vintage automobiles dating back to the postwar period and earlier take part in this yearly competition. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is both literally and practically a ‘contest of elegance’ that features some of the most eye-catching collection automobiles. The competition has a long tradition that started back in 1950. The automobiles are classified in different categories according to criteria like manufacturer, construction date, nationality. Unlike most car contest, this one doesn’t award speed. The prizes go out to those vehicles that excel in authenticity, functionality, historical value or style.

Some of this year’s marques and categories are Castagna Coachwork, Ferrari Major Race Winners, Isotta Fraschini, American Dream Cars of the 1960s.

Corsica Classic

The 8th edition of the esteemed regatta will take place this year between the 27th of August and the 10th of September. The vessels joining the competition will embark on a fabulous journey around the Isle of Beauty – ‘L’Ile de Beauté’, which wasn’t named so by coincidence.
Each year, the Corsica Classic brings together some of the most impressive heritage sailing yachts that wonder in the warm Mediterranean waters for two glorious weeks.
A total of 35 classic vessels from countries like Monaco, Italy, USA, France, England, Spain, , Switzerland, or Germany announced their participation. The sailing route includes some of the most emblematic landmarks surrounding the Isle of Beauty like Ajaccio, Les Moines, the Gulf of Valinco, Palombaggia, the Sanguinaire Island, Bonifacio, the Lavezzi Islands. For the second time, this regatta extends its sailing route, including Bastia and St. Florent in its schedule, during the second week of the rally.

Like each year, the competition’s organizer, Yacht Club France, aim to offer participants a thrilling and elegant yachting experience. Corsica Classic is included in the circuit patronized by CIM (International Mediterranean Committee) and AFYT (French Association of Classic Yachts). This implies that all the vessels that want to take part in the contest require the CIM approval.  This year, yachts which have the IRC approval can also enroll in the ‘Esprit de tradition’ class. Another novelty for the 8th edition of the regatta is that Corsica Classic launched an official collaboration with the sailing school Les Glénans.

This competition features some of the most elegant classic yachts in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere to the delight of participants and yachting fans alike. Corsica’s amazing landscape and the favorable weather conditions turn this contest into one of the most popular sailing events of the summer.

Copa del Rey de Barcos d’Epoca – Mahón

Copa del Rey Barcos de Epoca is one of the most reputable Spanish nautical competitions. Classic superlative vessels will gather this year in Mahon between 29th August and 2nd September to take part in the 14th edition of the event.

This competition has a tradition of 13 years and it is organized under the patronage of Club Marítimo de Mahón (CMM) and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB). Panerai, the prestigious watch producer, is the official sponsor of this regatta. This is the only contest held in Spanish waters belonging to the Panerai Yachts Challenge circuit, one of the most reputable vintage and classic yachts competitions worldwide. The organizers have officially released this year’s event schedule that bears resemblance to the previous editions. During the 3 days of actual rallying, from 31 August to 2 September, Mahon will also host various complementary events such as the traditional equestrian show. There’s no better setting than the Balearic Islands for joining together the most precious classic sea jewels.

The picturesque landscapes and incredibly clear waters, as well as the great weather conditions, turn Copa del Rey Barcos de Epoca into one of the most beloved classic yachts competitions.

Venice International Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival is one of the most reputable film festivals in the world and this year it celebrates its 74th edition. Cineasts, movie stars and other celebrities are expected to join the much-awaited event that will take place between 30th August and 9th September. This is the oldest festival in the world in this niche and its traditional location is the island of Lido, in Venice. The screenings are hosted each year by Palazzo del Cinema, a historic venue situated on the Lungomare Marconi. The Venice International Film Festival is part of a bigger event called Venice Biennale that focuses on several different domains like music, art, dance, theater, or architecture.

The film festival has established itself as a primer promoter of avant-garde, artistic movies. This event provides a chance for incoming movies to become famous and be admired by the world’s most famous actors and producers. The best productions will be awarded the emblematic Golden Lion prize. The Venice International Film Festival is a great way to discover the latest novelties of the motion picture industry attending a classy and stylish event. Speaking of style, one of the major attractions of the festival is the opening ceremony where stars stroll down the red carpet featuring glamorous gowns.  This alone is a prime reason to be there and maybe catch a glimpse of your favorite actress.


August is the perfect time for a vacation in Europe and, as you’ve seen, there are plenty exciting events to attend in the last summer month. If you enjoyed these suggestions, check out the other posts on our blog. You’ll get plenty more tips on where and when to spend a great holiday this summer.