A dramatic end to a fantastic week of sailing with two of Pendennis’ most iconic 40m plus sailing yachts battling for the lead on the final race day of last week’s St. Barth’s Bucket regatta. During the event, which celebrated 25 years of Bucket racing, recently launched SY Christopher and classic ketch SY Rebecca performed spectacularly, culminating in a nail biting downwind leg of the clockwise course with both yachts at the head of the 40-strong regatta fleet.
Sailing yacht Christopher was completed at Pendennis’ Falmouth facility early in 2011 and the 46m ketch flew through her first Atlantic crossing in 12 days, arriving in the Caribbean in good time to take part in the regatta.
Racing at the helm, designer Ron Holland commented, ‘Racing aboard Christopher, after she directly sailed across the Atlantic to St Barth’s from completion in Falmouth, presented potential challenges. Considering this, I was thrilled with her performance during the Bucket.
We found Christopher capable in all the conditions experienced. The highlight of the regatta was finishing alongside Rebecca on the last race. This was an exciting conclusion to the story of Christopher’s creation.’
Although the competition between the two yachts was intense, both raced in good spirit, with sailing yacht Rebecca taking the title in the ‘Les Elegantes des Mers’ class and Christopher finishing just behind her in fourth place. The regatta proved a great success for both yachts, and an excellent starting point for the Christopher adventure.
Pendennis Sailing Yacht Christopher Features:
• LOA 46m (150.9ft)
• Draft 3.8m (12.5ft keel up), 9.4m (31ft keel down)
• Beam 9.5m (31.2ft)
• Naval Architects Ron Holland Design
• Interior Design Ron Holland Design, Courtney & Co., Pendennis
• Owner’s Representative Duane MacPhail, Palm Beach Yachts International
The impressive yacht contains three staterooms and a study providing the Owners and their guests with accommodation for up to 12, with a further four cabins to sleep up to eight crew.
Sailing Yacht Rebecca Features:
• LOA 42.42m (139ft)
• Draft 4.5m (14.75ft)
• Beam 8.7m (28.5ft)
• Year 1999
• Naval Architects German Frers design
• Interior Design Robin Black
Ron Holland Design has maintained its market-leading reputation in yacht design and naval architecture for well over three decades. Their award-winning design team, headed by Ron Holland and Rob Doyle, is informed by the accumulated wisdom of hundreds of diverse, often pioneering projects.
Pendennis has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Building on hundreds of years of local maritime heritage, Pendennis has become one of Cornwall’s most important employers – with 350 highly skilled trades people based at their 6.5 acre prime water front location in Falmouth, UK. Recent infrastructure developments at the yard have seen their outer 75m dry dock completely enclosed and the addition of a 55m (L) x 17m (H) x 16m (W) covered tented space on hard standing in the centre of the yard. Both bring additional flexible undercover space for Pendennis to develop both new build and refit contracts. The current projects at Pendennis are:
- Recent New builds Pendennis – Barracuda Yacht Design 105 Sloop Sailing yacht Akalam, Ron Holland 150’ S/Y Christopher
- Pendennis Refits – Classic Sailing Schooner Adela, Superyacht Andromda La Dea, MY Dardanella, Yacht Audacia, 42m Feadship
- Pendennis Completion – 44m catamaran Sailing Yacht HEMISPHERE