The classic 55.5m schooner Adela is having a fantastic 2013 regatta season, enjoying three successes in as many events. In January Adela won the Antigua Superyacht Challenge, four points clear of the fleet. The win was followed in February with a win in the ‘Superyacht’ and ‘Spirit of Tradition’ classes in the RORC Caribbean 600, as well as an impressive third overall from 40 yachts. Now this beautiful sailing yacht has added the St Barth’s Bucket to her tally, winning the ‘Mademoiselles’ class and being awarded winner overall. Other iconic Pendennis yachts Rebecca, A2, Steel and Hemisphere were all anchored off St Barths for the week.
Captain Greg Perkins commented on Adela’s success this year “I am so pleased with the team’s results this year. Many of the crew have raced together for several seasons now and it is their hard work and the kind commitment and support of the Owners which have made Adela such a success.”
Adela’s history is a fascinating one. The original schooner Adela was built in 1903 by John Goodman Fay & Co. After a period of use as a house boat she was rescued from a mud berth in 1967 (at which point she was known as Hearts Ease) only to remain un-sailed for a further 50 years. In 1992 the yacht was acquired by a new Owner, determined to see her restored to her former glory, and arrived at Pendennis that December for a complete rebuild. Following her launch in 1995 once more known as Adela the yacht has been a regular visitor to the yard undergoing several refits, including major structural work in 2000 at which point she was cut in half and extended midships by 5m, as well as her sailing performance significantly improved.
Further visits were in 2005 and 2010 following which she sailed in the second Pendennis Cup, winning the event. The next Pendennis Cup is set to take place 19th - 24th May 2014, and based on Adela’s recent form the competition should be fierce.
Pendennis will be attending the Antibes Yacht Show, April 18th -21st, stand BSJ B 431, which will provide the opportunity to talk to the team in more detail about Adela’s history with the yard, or potential Refit, Restoration or Remodeling projects.