Mariette Returns to defend her title

2010 Pendennis Cup

The 2014 Pendennis Cup will take place from the 26th-31st May in Falmouth, UK. The race days on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, are supported by a range of shore side social events providing a fantastic opportunity for the guests, sponsors and crews to reflect on the days racing whilst enjoying the best hospitality, entertainment and cuisine that Cornwall has to offer. Initially founded in 2008 the Pendennis Cup has grown year on year, creating a unique opportunity for classic and modern superyachts to showcase their sailing capabilities in the dramatic waters of Cornwall.

Once again race management will be provided by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and supported by renowned sailing officer Peter Craig, experienced in managing international events such as the Bucket Regattas, the Maxi Rolex World Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

An eclectic fleet is expected this year with Mariette of 1915 returning to defend her title, challenged by the impressive 65m three-masted schooner Adix. Additionally we will see Pendennis-built performance sailing yachts compete against each other at the Cup for the first time: the iconic 1999 built Rebecca and the beautiful 46m Ron Holland ketch Christopher. These yachts will be joined by local vessel Breakaway and the 26m Bermudian Ketch Velacarina, who has competed in the last three regattas.

The Pendennis Cup fleet will be supported by an equally competitive group of smaller classic yachts, now known as the Little Dennis Cup, which is set to include Ed Dubois’ Firebrand returning to defend her 2012 title, alongside Pinnucia, Zarik and the 1928 Kelpie of Falmouth.

With a wide range of yachts still confirming interest, the Pendennis Cup 2014 looks set not only to provide a beautiful spectacle in the waters of Falmouth Bay, but potentially one of the most dramatic and closely-fought regattas yet.

(photo copyright Ian Badley)

Posted on: January 16, 2014