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35 years of Pendennis: remembering 2011

We’re now halfway through our 35th anniversary year, and what celebration of our history would be complete without a mention of 2011? Featuring the launches of three unique and extraordinary new build sailing yachts – Hemisphere, Christopher and Akalam – as well as the extensive remodel of motor yacht Audacia and the refits of Adela, Dardanella, Andromeda la Dea, Gitana and Dona Amélia.

We also opened our office in Palma, which became our main Mediterranean base until the opening of Pendennis Vilanova in 2019.

Pendennis new builds: Hemisphere

Hemisphere was launched by Pendennis in 2011 as the world’s largest privately owned sailing catamaran, at 44.2m LOA. One of the most unique and imposing launches in our 35-year history, she turns heads due to her sheer scale, but equally impressive is the level of luxurious detail within her interior spaces and range of on-board facilities. Pendennis partnered with leading multihull naval architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) – designers of the 33rd America’s Cup winning multihull.

Following Hemisphere’s launch, we were able to exhibit Hemisphere at Monaco yacht show in 2011. Hemisphere won an Interior Layout Award, at the Sailing Yacht ShowBoats Design Awards 2012, and also won an Interior Design Award at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2012. Hemisphere additionally received the judge’s commendation in the Sailing Yacht 40m+ category at The World Superyacht Awards 2012. To read more about Hemisphere click here.

Photography - Jeff Brown

Photography - Jeff Brown

Swim platform with dive centre & compressors in the lazarette, photography - Jeff Brown

Hemisphere at sea, photography - Jeff Brown

Hemisphere's flood up

Hemisphere departing Falmouth (photography Nick Bailey)

Fireworks during Hemisphere's departure from Falmouth (photography Nick Bailey)


Another truly unique launch in 2011 includes that of sailing yacht Christopher. Christopher is the largest ketch built by Pendennis to date and was delivered in the Spring of 2011 in time to compete in the St Barth’s Bucket Regatta. Pendennis partnered with Ron Holland Design and Palm Beach Yachts International at the end of 2008 to build the new 46m performance cruising ketch, with construction beginning in 2009.

Since her launch, experts at Pendennis have been available to support her wherever she cruises throughout the world. Engineers visited the yacht in Costa Rica and Pendennis Pacific was on hand with logistics and parts supply whilst Christopher cruised through Bali. Christopher achieved a finalist position in the Sailing Yacht 40m+ category at the World Superyacht Awards in 2012, and a finalist position in the Best Sail Boat 40m+ category (International Superyacht Society, 2011). Read more about Christopher here.

Sailing yacht Christopher at sea

2011 launch in Falmouth

Christopher in Falmouth

The 2011 St Barths Bucket (photography Cory Silken)

The 2011 St Barths Bucket (photography Cory Silken)

Main salon with unique Parisian bar (photography Cory Silken)

VIP cabin (photography Cory Silken)

2011 launch celebrations in Falmouth


The Barracuda 105 Akalam was launched in the winter of 2010 and delivered to her Owner in early 2011. Naval architecture was provided by Barracuda Yacht Design, and interior design by Javier Munoz.

Akalam has an impressive 60 square metre aft deck area, and a unique retro appearance with a varnished wooden base. Akalam has achieved several finalist positions at award ceremonies including a Sailing Yacht – Interior Design Award, Naval Architecture Award and Recreational Space Designed for Guest Use Award at the ShowBoats Design Awards, 2012. She also was a finalist in the 30-40m Sailing Yacht category at the World Superyacht Awards in 2012, and a finalist in the Best Sail Boat 24-40m category (International Superyacht Society, 2011). To read more about Akalam click here.

Akalam in Falmouth (photography Mark Lloyd)

Akalam's interiors (photography Mark Lloyd)

Akalam's interiors (photography Mark Lloyd)

Impressive 60 square metre aft deck (photography Mark Lloyd)

Engine room equipment specified for performance sailing (photography Mark Lloyd)

The dining area featured a unique retro design (photography Mark Lloyd)

Seating area over the raised counter stern (photography Mark Lloyd)

Dining area (photography Mark Lloyd)

The remodel of Audacia

The motor yacht Audacia arrived at Pendennis in 2011 for a comprehensive nine-week refit and stern remodelling. At 46.5m LOA (increasing to 48.5m post-refit) there was room in our outer dry dock for her to be placed next to motor yacht Dardanella, with flood up and launch of both yachts planned for the same day.

Audacia’s stern received a 2m extension, and other works included stylistic improvements to the vessel both in her interior and exterior detail. You can read more about Audacia here.

Other notable refits completed by Pendennis in 2011 include Adela, Andromeda la Dea, Dardanella, Gitana and Dona Amélia.

Audacia alongside Dardanella in our 150m dry dock

The stern is prepared for initial paintworks

Audacia's refit took 3 months

The stern was completely restyled to create a 2m extension

Sea trials in Falmouth following her 3-month refit

The opening of the Palma office

2011 also saw the opening of Pendennis’ technical refit office and workshop in the busy Mediterranean port of Palma. The new facility offered an extension of Pendennis’ existing services, providing support for yachts that passed through the Mediterranean looking for short works and running repairs.

Pendennis Palma served as our main Mediterranean base until the opening of Pendennis Vilanova in 2019.

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