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J-Class yacht Velsheda completes Pendennis refit

The classic sailing yacht Velsheda has completed a four-month refit at British yard Pendennis, it has been revealed.

The 38.5 metre J-Class yacht was relaunched at Falmouth in August and has already made her return to the regatta scene at September's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

Velsheda’s fifth refit (and her second at Pendennis) was part of her Lloyd’s 20-year survey. Captain Barnaby Henshaw-Depledge praised the close collaboration between Pendennis and the crew to complete the job in time.

“We always knew it was going to be a difficult undertaking, essentially achieving six months’ work in just four,” he said. “It was a testament to the Pendennis team and Velsheda's crew, who worked cohesively throughout to achieve the required result.”

Key work carried out on board Velsheda included a full engine room renewal, with the engine, gearbox and drivetrain all replaced and aligned. The technical areas and tanks were repainted, while maintenance work was carried out on the deck and interior joinery.

The new systems were put straight into action with the nine-day delivery trip to Porto Cervo, Sardinia completed mostly under power.

“The owner of Velsheda, who takes much pride in her, was very impressed with the outcome and subsequently enjoyed a great week of sailing with friends,” Henshaw-Depledge added.

Launched in 1933 by Camper & Nicholsons, Velsheda is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful classic yachts ever built. With a steel hull and teak superstructure, she can accommodate up to ten guests.

Her elegant lines have inspired many other J-Class yachts, such as Ranger and Lionheart, both of which will be racing in Bermuda next year at the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta.

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