Unpredictability scares away some people, but it’s what gets pulses racing in regattas. The changeable waters of the UK’s Falmouth Bay should therefore produce good action next summer for the fifth Pendennis Cup.
Being held June 27 to July 2, the Pendennis Cup is held every two years. On average, 10 to 15 sailing superyachts have participated in the previous regattas. The Pendennis Cup is open to classic and modern yachts alike, regardless of builder. In addition, hundreds of people, ranging from owners to industry representatives, cheer them on from shore and enjoy evening social activities. Though, that social atmosphere isn’t limited to land. The crews—and a few owners, too—on the racecourse have been known to let water balloons fly through the air.
Yachts are just starting to register for the upcoming edition of the Pendennis Cup. Previous competitors include Adela, Adix, Altair, Athos, Christopher, Mariette, Kelpie, and Velacarina. Interesting enough, Adela and Adix just so happen to be at Pendennis’ facilities now, undergoing refits.
The Pendennis Cup is overseen by racing officials and supported by local yacht clubs. One change in store for the next race is the use of the new superyacht handicapping rule, the ORC SuperYacht (ORCsy). It’s the same rule used by the Bucket Regattas. The idea is to simplify handicapping of disparate designs and displacements, while retaining the competitive nature of the races.
Check the Pendennis Cup website for details on how to sign up. In the meantime, check out these scenes from the 2014 race: