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M5 completes sail trail

Pendennis shipyard has announced that the remodelled sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) has successfully completed sail trails on the coast of Falmouth in the UK.

The trial was set to test her new carbon rig, designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link with OYS making the fittings. The 34 new carbon fibre stays and titanium fittings with built-in dynamic fibre optics have decreased the weight of the rig by 18 tonnes.

Besides checking M5’s potential speed, the sail trial also 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.

During the refit Pendennis has completed extensive engineering works, including replacing the main engines, generators, switchboards and sewage treatment plant along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment system, and a 10 year DNV survey. The interiors have been redesigned by British company Redman Whiteley Dixon.

The project has seen 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 in the aft deck area. Access to the yacht has been improved with the installation of side boarding platform.

M5 is currently undergoing her final fit-out and systems testing before her scheduled departure from Falmouth later this month.