The 46m sailing yacht Christopher has been exploring Northern Europe following her participation in this year’s Pendennis Cup in Falmouth. Following visits to Ireland and Scandinavia, the Pendennis built ketch has now travelled to London.

The yacht had an adventurous journey up the River Thames. With an air draft of just 54m under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Christopher cleared the central span, which traverses the Thames at Dartford, by just centimetres after removing her lightening rod and burgee to pass through. Christopher’s main mast, at 53.4m tall, is the largest to ever pass under the bridge.

S/Y Christopher cruising up the River Thames. Image courtesy of the British Marine Federation.

Ron Holland, the yacht’s designer when she was built in 2011, follows the yacht’s adventures with interest. “It is a delight to see such beautiful yachts returning to the UK, and fantastic for the British superyacht industry that yachts such as Christopher are including the British Isles as part of their global voyage,” he says.

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