The 46m Ron Holland ketch, superyacht Christopher took to the waters of Falmouth Bay for her final sea trials in mid February. It was a stunning winter’s day as the yacht manoeuvred around the Carrick Roads and out into Falmouth Bay, the sunlit waves reflected beautifully on her dark blue hull. The four hour sail trials enabled the Pendennis team and Christopher crew to assess her rig in preparation for the St Barths Bucket Regatta.
Christopher has undergone three sets of sea trials: a motor trial followed by two sail trials. The initial sail trial was held in a building breeze, the morning providing 4-5 knots of wind ideal for dialling in the sailing systems, building to 20 knots in the afternoon powering the boat on a reach with the main, mizzen, staysail and reacher rig. Christopher’s crew were impressed with her performance, with the Southern Spars rigging and sails supplied by North Sails performing impeccably.
The most recent sail trial took place in 14-16 knots wind which is the optimum wind strength for her windward sailing capability, enabling trials of her full main, full mizzen and genoa. Terry Gould, Captain of Christopher, commented “It was a real pleasure sailing Christopher for the first time. The team at Pendennis have delivered a world-class cruising and racing vessel. Christopher handled extremely well in the conditions, proving Ron Holland’s expertise in developing stylish designs built for both looks and performance.”
This is the 3rd Ron Holland sailing yacht to come out of Pendennis alongside the aluminium performance sloop Boo Too and the 100’ composite SuperMaxi sloop Cap Gemini, making Christopher the 31st launch in Pendennis’ New Build portfolio. Ron Holland’s reputation is for designing high performance ocean yachts that effortlessly balance ease of handling with his signature sleek modern styling, as the recent photos of Christopher reveal. Ron outlined the complexities presented by this beautiful yacht “Creating Christopher has been both a challenging and pleasurable experience for all involved. To combine our clients’ goals for a yacht that reflected the classic style yachts of earlier years with the most advanced sailing technology needed careful consideration from the Ron Holland design team. Seeing Christopher under full sail confirms our most exacting design goals. We are looking forward to St Barths.”
The yacht set sail on Saturday 26th February in perfect conditions for her trip across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. She will be competing in the 25th Anniversary St Barths Bucket with her delighted owners on board. Owner’s representative Duane McPhail of Palm Beach Yacht commented: “The team at Pendennis has worked tirelessly to deliver her in time for St Barths and as a result the yacht looks stunning. We are sure she will turn heads in the Caribbean and the owners are very excited about being able to sail Christopher for the first time.”