The remodelled sailing yacht M5, ex-Mirabella V, was put through her paces off Falmouth, UK as her new carbon rigging was tested during sail trials. Designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link, with Ocean Yacht Systems making the fittings, the 34 new carbon fibrestays and titanium fittings with built-in dynamic fibre-optics have decreased the weight of the rig by 18 tonnes.

The sail trials not only established the M5's potential speed but tested the new system and balance of the yacht under sail for the first time. During several hours on the water, with challenging sea conditions, the remodelled yacht performed well, reaching 17.7 knots in 18-23 knots of wind.

The project, due to be completed over the next month, has seen a collaboration between Pendennis and the original designer Ron Holland, to achieve the Owners idea of extending the stern by 3m which has created a new sleeker profile providing a more expansive aft deck area.

During the refit Pendennis has completed extensive engineering works and the interiors have been redesigned by UK company Redman Whiteley Dixon.


Image courtesy of Andrew Wright.

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