Three enormous masts arrived at Pendennis Shipyard recently in preparation for instalment on Pendennis’ current new build projects: SY Christopher is due to be complete by January 2011 in time to race at the St Barths Regatta; B105 is already in the water and due to be handed over to the client before Christmas.
The three carbon fibre rigs were shipped from Southern Spars in New Zealand, one of the leading producers of yacht rigging globally. With the largest measuring just under 55m in length, it was an impressive sight as the bulky cargo was unloaded onto the dockside at Pendennis.
Pendennis’ emphasis on quality of build necessitates materials and equipment being resourced globally on a regular basis as well as working closely with high quality UK suppliers. Ongoing trade relationships between New Zealand and Pendennis have proved a valuable asset to the company leading to exceptional superyacht build and refit results.
Sam Lewis, New Zealand Trade Commissioner – UK and Ireland, visited the yard to see the arrival of the rigs as well as tour Pendennis’ facilities and understand more about the invaluable business relationships between the two countries. “It is great to see these yachts coming out of this truly impressive facility with New Zealand content. I am also pleased to note that the Southern Spars rigs are only a part of the growing relationship between Pendennis and our marine industry – a collaboration we certainly encourage and support.
“We’re looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the UK marine industry as we prepare to welcome the world in 2011 for the Rugby World Cup. We’ll be inviting our British visitors to take part in a variety of marine sector showcase events taking place during the tournament,” commented Mr Lewis.