The breathtaking 42-meter (138-foot) schooner Mariette of 1915 seized the top prize at the 2012 Pendennis Cup regatta, sailed July 2-7 in Falmouth Bay on England’s extreme southwest coast.
Mariette bested the fleet of 13 yachts that competed in the third biennial edition of the event. The regatta is organized by Pendennis Shipyard. Racing this year was managed by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and Principal Race Officer Peter Craig of the United States. The fleet was divided into two classes: St Petroc Traditional Fleet and Little Dennis Classic Class Fleet. Mariette took the St Petroc Class and the overall Pendennis Cup.
Mixed conditions during the regatta enabled all competitors to show their prowess. One of the most memorable finishes was Mariquita’s victory on the second-to-last day of the event. Showing her rig’s suitability to the lighter winds and using clever tactics, she swept ahead of Mariette on the final tack.
The smaller yachts provided enthusiasts with a spectacle throughout the week as well. On corrected time, the 13.11-meter (43-foot) 1965 sloop Firebrand took the honors and was crowned winner of the Little Dennis Cup.
The results of the final day of racing, the winner of each class and the winner of the Pendennis Cup were announced at a spectacular ceremony at Pendennis Castle on Saturday evening attended by over 400 guests and crew.
For results and additional details, visit thependenniscup.co.uk.