Champion catamaran takes pride of place at Maritime Museum
A "LEGENDARY champion" of catamarans built almost 50 years ago is now on display in Falmouth to coincide with an international competition.
The Lady Helmsman – built in 1966 – forms part of an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC).
The display has been timed to complement the International C Class Catamaran Championship, which starts on Sunday and runs until September 28 in Falmouth Bay.
Lady Helmsman was a revolutionary high speed sailing craft capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots.
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In her prime she was the fastest catamaran in the class, easily winning the championship – formerly known as the Little America's Cup – in 1966, 1967 and 1968.
Exhibitions manager Ben Lumby said: "This is the first time the championship has taken place in Britain since the 1960s, so it seemed only fitting to have Lady Helmsman on display.
"She's the tallest vessel we've ever exhibited in the museum and her whopping 35-foot mast will stretch from floor to ceiling in our main hall, so it really will be a spectacular sight."
Lady Helmsman will be on display at the museum until September 29.
This is the first time the International C Class Catamaran Championship has been held in Britain since the 1960s.
It will feature up to 12 catamarans and include competitors from the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Portugal and Britain.
Good views should be had from Pendennis Point and Falmouth beaches.