Classics including Mariette, Mariquita and Altair confirmed for July event
The 2nd – 7th July 2012 will see the return of the Pendennis Cup to
Cornwall. Organised by Pendennis Shipyard every two years the regatta
entices an impressive range of superyachts to the waters of Falmouth Bay
for four days of challenging racing.
So far 12 yachts are confirmed,
including an impressive number of 40m+ entries, which is sure to create a
dramatic spectacle in the waters around Falmouth.
largest yacht is Athos who, at 62m, will certainly be an exciting
challenger to 2010 Cup winner Adela (55.5m) restored by Pendennis
in 1995 and a regular visitor to the yard. Other yachts confirmed are
Altair, Eleonora, Mariette, Mariquita (one of the oldest participants
built in 1911), Breakaway, Bare Necessities, Mikado and Velacarina.
The Pendennis Cup racing will organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, with the
daily battles taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the
coastline surrounding the area running from Gull Rock situated off the
Roseland Peninsula in the North to the Manacles which are located by the
Lizard Peninsula further south. The entrance to the harbour overlooked
by the castles of Pendennis and St Mawes will provide a striking finish
line for each race.
Greg Perkins, Captain of Adela, is looking forward to the racing in 2012: “Compared
to other regattas we have competed in the racing is good as generally
there is plenty of wind and the tidal waters make it tactically
challenging. The shore side is great fun, with plenty of social events
making for an exciting atmosphere.”
The yachts will be moored at Port Pendennis Marina throughout the
week and easily seen from the town’s main Events Square or the viewing
gallery at The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth. A race office
situated in Events Square will provide the public with an overview of
the participating yachts, a daily update on the performance of the
yachts and the race conditions as well as screening footage from the
previous days’ racing. The regatta will be complemented by a series of
shore-side events for guests and crew, culminating in an awards ceremony
to be held in the grounds of Pendennis Castle, a fittingly dramatic
backdrop to a spectacular week of racing.
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of some of the yachts entered into this year’s Pendennis Cup.