Held every other year, the Pendennis Cup is gaining a firm foothold on the big yacht calendar.
This year the Pendennis Cup has attracted a record entry, including Mariette, Eleonora and Mariquita who will have already spread their wings at the Westward Cup. With Athos and Adela
also in attendance, this is shaping up to be a classic in all senses,
but there are some beautiful and interesting smaller yachts, including
the 1965 Admiral’s Cupper Firebrand, now owned by naval architect Ed Dubois; Bequia, crossing the Atlantic to be here from America; and the beautiful Sparkman & Stephens yawl Tomahawk, which was restored locally.
The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club will be running the racing in association with principal race officer Peter Craig, who is in almost constant demand around the world for his ability to control fleets of large sailing yachts. His experience with the St Barths Bucket and his input into the development of the Bucket Rule, which is used in conjunction with pursuit style racing, will be invaluable. Normally fleet starts are used for this event, but numbers demand a pursuit system.
The Pendennis Cup will be held Monday 2 July – Saturday 7 July in Falmouth.
Skippers and crews like Falmouth, not just because Pendennis Shipyard is
on hand for anything from a refit to a new yacht, but because the
sailing in the waters around Falmouth Bay is second to none.
Falmouth itself is steeped in sailing history and well served by excellent restaurants, pubs and all things nautical, including the marvellous National Maritime Museum on the water’s edge.
You can find a full Pendennis Cup programme in Supersail World with in the July issue.