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Rain, fog and tankers in the mist for race 1 of the Pendennis Cup

As a first time racer, Harriett Robinson heads onto 112ft Unfurled for the Pendennis Cup and crossed the line first!

Mariette prevails in Falmouth rain
David Glenn reports from the wet but content deck of the mighty 200ft schooner Athos as she sped round the course in the opening race of the Pendennis Cup

British boat triumps in British weather
Experience shines again as Velsheda convincingly wins second J-Class race in Falmouth

Js kick off summer spectacle of sail

Thursday 21st June

The next two months look set to be the
biggest showcase of sailing the UK has seen – certainly in my lifetime – a
positive blockbuster of high profile regattas, featuring the most spectacular
yachts of all sizes, and starring the world’s very best sailors.

By hosting a non-stop marathon of regattas
over the next 8 weeks, I believe the south coast of England will unequivocally
prove what unique yet diverse sailing grounds it possesses (if it ever stops
raining!). The J-Class Falmouth regatta starts next week on 26 June, followed
directly by a mix of 14 classic and modern superyachts racing in the Pendennis
Cup the week after.

The big boats’ focus then shifts to the
Solent for the J-Class Solent regatta starting 18 July (culminating in the
Hundred Guinea Cup round the island race on the 21 July), where crews will be
able to prepare by watching the competition unfold in the 8-Metre Worlds (16-21
July). Without pause for breath, the Superyacht Cup will then kick off in Cowes,
with HM the Queen due to visit as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. These deep draughts yachts will be fighting for water with the Internationals IRC experts
competing in the Commodores Cup (21-28 July) – all in the week preceding the
start of the Olympics!

And for the Corinthian sailors who then get
fired up by the dinghy events at Weymouth, the UK’s biggest regatta starts on
the weekend of the closing ceremony, the 11 August – and Yachting World will of
course be there to give it full coverage (providing we’re not suffering from
burn-out by then).

There are currently four J-Class yachts
assembled in Falmouth Harbour, preparing to race in the inaugural J-Class UK
regattas, starting next week. I am itching to get down there, and will be based
in Falmouth all week, where Yachting World will be giving full coverage of the
event in print and here on our special microsite online, with videos,
interviews, photography and blogs.

Trust me, if you’ve got the chance to come
and watch – don’t hesitate.