The fourth edition of the Pendennis Cup took place in Falmouth from 26th to 31st May 2014. Organised by Pendennis Shipyard every other year, 2014’s race was managed by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Race Officer Peter Craig.
2014 saw 11 yachts with a combined length of over 320m compete over four days. This dramatic regatta showcased modern and classic superyachts as they fought against each other for the honour, exploiting clever tactics to rise to the challenging sailing conditions presented by UK waters, balancing the extremes of tide and weather
S/Y Velacarina set of to a great start flying first around the ‘Old Wall’ mark, sailing down to ‘Tango’. S/Y Kelpie, who was helmed by her owner for the first time during the regatta, performed excellently. This lead pair were closely followed by S/Y Christopher, then the impressive schooners Adix and Mariette with Breakaway gaining from behind.
Throughout the race, S/Y Velacarina maintained her lead and stormed over the finish line, taking victory of the 2014 Pendennis Cup. S/Y Kelpie achieved her best result of the week, taking second place on corrected time, pushing her ahead of Adix and Mariette making her fourth overall and winner of the Spencer Rigging Schooner award.
S/Y Christopher completed the race in second place overall, after her first week of racing in the UK. She was awarded the Ward Williams prize for Starting Prowess, with an impressive average starting record of just 7 seconds within her allotted start time throughout the week.
At the end of the final race of the Pendennis Cup 2014 the yachts anchored off Gyllyngvase Beach to watch the famous Red Arrows display. The fleet was joined by several hundred smaller craft on the water, with tens of thousands of spectators on the beach and lining the coastal path.
The Red Arrows drew a love heart against the blue sky, the competing yachts blasted their canons and the surrounding spectator fleet sounded their horns in a glorious finale to the Pendennis Cup 2014.
For more information, please visit The Pendennis Cup.