Anticipation grows for the Pendennis Cup
by Malcolm MacLean
With just over a week to go, the 13 yachts competing in the Pendennis Cup are arriving daily and the excitement is building before the first race kicks off at 11:30am on Tuesday 3rd July.
This year the Cup welcomes Athos, at 61.2m, the world’s largest privately-owned schooner and one of the world’s most technologically sophisticated classic sailing yachts. She will be performing in an impressive fleet, in particular another first timer, the 49.5m Eleonora, built as an exact replica of the gaff schooner Westward.
The 55.5m schooner Adela is a regular visitor to Pendennis having been rebuilt by the yard in 1995. Adela was presented with the Pendennis Cup in 2010, so will be defending her title vigorously.
Both the 42m Mariette (1915) and 38m Mariquita (1911) have raced in Falmouth before and their elegant beauty always draws a mini fleet of spectator boats whilst at sea. Both are experienced on the international racing circuit and are regular competitors in classic yacht regattas. Mariette is sure to be feeling highly competitive after her recent win at the Westward Cup.
Yachts will be presented with awards at the final ceremony and party to be held at the spectacular Pendennis Castle on Saturday 7th July.