Lionheart Victorious in Bermuda

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Following an ongoing refit and maintenance programme with Pendennis Shipyard (in both Falmouth and Palma), the 2010 modern 43.4m J Class Lionheart sailed to victory twice in Bermuda this month.

Lionheart's first win was in the second America's Cup Superyacht Regatta, hosted by Boat International. She competed against a fleet of twenty superyachts, which included Pendennis-built Rebecca and six J Class yachts, over three days.

A fleet of seven Js came together the following week for the first ever America's Cup J Class Regatta, managed by the J Class Association. Tight competition between the Js continued throughout a further three race days, with Ranger, Hanuman, Velsheda and Lionheart all in the running at the beginning of the final race. Despite light, unpredictable winds, the Lionheart crew were able to capitalise on the conditions, clinching a win at the final buoy.

Modelled on one of the original 1930s J Class designs by Stevens and Burgess Design, Lionheart was redeveloped in 2005 by André Hoek using modern performance-testing technology. Since being launched in 2010 she has visited Pendennis three times, for refit works (2012, 2014 and 2016). We are proud of her links to the yard and to Cornwall, with many crew having homes here in Falmouth, and a Pendennis employee recruited as one of the permanent race team!

Both results were well-earned, with weeks of intensive training, as well as years of fine-tuning the vessel, paying dividends. Captain, Toby Brand, obviously enjoyed the experience: "Although it's my first time racing in Bermuda, I've been here lots of time and always enjoyed it. The flat water provides good closer racing compared to other race tracks. Clean water and beautiful surroundings, and it's always nice when you're winning!"

We are looking forward to seeing Lionheart defend her winning streak at the J Class World Championships in Newport, which runs 21-26 August.

Pendennis Superyacht Ashes

For the second year, Pendennis welcomed representatives from the superyacht industry to Falmouth, to battle it out for the glory of winning the Pendennis Superyacht Ashes. Guests represented a range of services from within our industry: the Surveyor Swashbucklers, Pendennis Pirates, Media Mutineers, and Broker Buccaneers. Unlike most English cricketing events we were blessed with good weather, with the day further enhanced by the provision of Aston Martin drive experiences by Dick Lovett, Bristol. At the end of the battle the media team took the honours.

Superyacht Cup Palma - Paddleboard Challenge

Pendennis Shipyard was once again a Premium Partner for the annual Superyacht Cup in Palma. Alongside three days of racing, Pendennis organised a Paddleboard Challenge for the crews. Following the success of last year's event there was stiff competition, with 10 teams registered including the crew of Bolero, Atalante, Saudade, This Is Us, Farfalla, WinWin, and Atalante 1. The eventual winners were Saudade, who were presented with a bottle of Cornish Trevethan Gin to celebrate their victory

In the Superyacht Cup winners of Class B were Bolero, with WinWin victorious in Class A. The final regatta results are available on the Superyacht Cup website

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 July 2017 )