This year's Pendennis Cup shaping up to be the best yet
With just over a week to go until the 2012 Pendennis Cup organisers have confirmed that 13 yachts will be taking part – doubling the number from the last event in 2010.
The fleet includes an impressive number of 40m+ yachts. Many of those taking part are already in Falmouth and have started practicing around the bay. A spokesman for the Cup said it looks set to be the "most exciting yet".
The event runs from July 2 to 7 and will see competitors from previous regattas battle alongside new entrants for the honours.
The schooner Adela will be defending her title after winning the Pendennis Cup in 2010. Adela is a regular visitor to Pendennis having been rebuilt by the yard in 1995, and her strong Cornish links mean she is likely to be crewed by many locals.
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Other yachts taking part include Athos, which at 61.2m is the world's largest privately-owned two-masted schooner, and Mariquita, a 38m William Fife Gaff Cutter which was showcased at the Queen's Jubilee Pageant.
More modern yachts include Bare Necessities, Bequia, Breakaway, Unfurled and Velacarina. There will also be a fleet of smaller yachts in Class 3 which, although not as impressive in stature, are just as competitive. This fleet includes Tomahawk, Mikado and Firebrand.
The racing is organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, with the daily battles taking place against the stunning backdrop of the coastline running from Gull Rock, off the Roseland Peninsula, down to the Manacles, off the Lizard Peninsula.
The entrance to the harbour, overlooked by the castles of Pendennis and St Mawes, will provide a striking start and finish line and the final award ceremony will take place at Pendennis Castle on Saturday July 7.
The fleet will be moored at Port Pendennis Marina throughout the week where members of the public can see it from Falmouth's Events Square or the viewing gallery at The National Maritime Museum, Cornwall.
A race office situated in Events Square will screen footage from the previous day's racing as well as providing the public with daily updates and overviews.
The public will also be able to see some of the on-water action from Pendennis Point, Gyllyngvase Beach and St Mawes.
The first race kicks off at 11:30am on Tuesday July 4. Daily updates will be posted to the Pendennis Cup website, with on-water reports posted to Twitter and Facebook as the action happens.