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35 years of Pendennis: reflecting on 2010

As part of our 35th anniversary celebrations we’re highlighting momentous sections of Pendennis’ history. This time, we’re focusing on 2010.


A major project during the first half of the year was the extensive remodelling of MY Illusion. Illusion revisited Pendennis in 2009, after her previous refit in 2005. The second refit which was completed by 2010 was a much more extensive task. All three aft decks were restyled to designs by De Voogt Naval Architects, resulting in a 5m extension across all three levels as well as a full paint programme and deck upgrades. Through careful assessment and pre-planning of these extensive works, the project was completed in just 8 months.

The refit included a 3-level 5m LOA stern extension, with a drop-down beach club and an enhanced tender garage, enhancing the living space onboard. Pendennis also transformed Illusion’s interiors with contemporary restyling by Bannenberg & Rowell Design.

The motor yacht was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2010 World Superyacht Awards for her refit and stern extension works that were completed at Pendennis. You can read more about Illusion here.

In the outer dock before her stern modifications

Work begins on removing Illusion's stern

Flood up following 8-month refit

The remodelled stern with 5m extension

Illusion's tender/watersports garage

Illusion at sea following her refit at Pendennis

Bannenberg and Rowell transformed the social spaces

Pendennis installed a jacuzzi during the 2010 refit

Devonport Yachts

Another landmark event for the company at this time included the acquisition of Devonport yachts, which expanded Pendennis’ expertise to 60m+ projects. In 2010, Pendennis had already established itself as an industry leader in refit and new build of superyachts up to 60m, by placing the Devonport brand within the group allowed Pendennis to expand its portfolio hence aiding Falmouth’s development as one of the leading superyacht centres in the UK and Northern Europe.

In 2010, Pendennis aquired Devonport yachts, expanding Pendennis expertise to 60m+ projects

The Second Pendennis Cup

2010 saw the second occurrence of the Pendennis Cup, which coincided with Falmouth Week and saw several classic sailing yachts grace Falmouth Harbour once more. In the Big Class sailing yachts category Adela, Mariquita, Mariette and Velacarina took part. The small class included classic sailing yachts Pinuccia and Tomahawk.

The final race of the Pendennis Cup – the ‘St Piran Pursuit Race’ was met with sunny spells and winds of 15-20 knots. Adela led the reach to the finish at the final day of the Pendennis Cup, winning overall. Several spectator and press boats looked on, and the racing provided drama and excitement for all.

Fireworks over the bay - Falmouth Week 2010

Adela racing in the 2010 Pendennis Cup, which she went on to win

The Red Arrows soaring past during the 2010 Pendennis Cup

A spitfire flying by during the 2010 Pendennis Cup


was a first-time visitor to Pendennis’ refit facility in 2010, participating in the 2010 Pendennis Cup following her re-launch.

The refit project of Velacarina in 2010 included an extensive work list; a complete hull re-spray, new hydraulic powerpack and associated works, an air conditioning overhaul as well as electrical works and engineering and joinery elements. Since, Velacarina has frequently visited the Pendennis yard both in Falmouth and Palma. She is the third example of this truly Classic line of yachts that we have welcomed into the yard. Velacarina went on to win the 2014 Pendennis Cup.

2010 saw the classic twin-masted schooner Mariette visit Pendennis for the first time. Mariette was built by Herreshoff in the United States in 1915. Her 2010 visit to the Falmouth yard was for a pre-summer refit. Mariette has since returned to the Falmouth yard for subsequent refits such as in the Spring of 2012 to prepare for the Pendennis Cup. The beautiful schooner regularly partakes in the Pendennis Cup and is also now a frequent visitor to Pendennis in Vilanova, our Mediterranean facility.

Other notable refits not to be missed in 2010 include the refits of SY Rebecca, and the SY Moonbird.

Velacarina racing at the 2010 Pendennis Cup following her refit

Mariette racing at the Pendennis Cup 2010

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