Pendennis Shipyard is celebrating the delivery of new build 128’ sloop Vijonara, following her 18-month build programme in Falmouth. Andre Hoek, her Dutch designer, said “This is the second hull in our ‘Truly Classic 128’ series, and this project in particular has been a fantastic experience from start to finish. The vessel was created for knowledgeable clients with extensive sailing experience. Based on a proven hull specification, the Owners had a distinct vision for her customisation to suit their lifestyle, and she has been optimised extensively for performance. A new addition to the 128’ design is a bow sprit that houses the downwind sails such as A-symmetric spinnaker or a Code sail, as well as paying homage to true vintage sailing yachts.” The project team at Pendennis, with oversight by the Owners’ representatives at MCM, used modern 3D scanning technology to ensure millimetre precision in the yacht’s symmetry.
Andre further explained the design specifics of Vijonara, having worked closely with the Owners to create their uniquely envisaged yacht: “The deck layout has been reconfigured in line with the Owners’ requirements, with a helm station positioned in front of the aft deckhouse creating a social atmosphere close to the centre cockpit, enabling the helmsman and guests to remain in close contact. In doing so the aft cockpit has become the Owner’s cockpit, not only creating privacy but also providing an extension of the aft Owner’s cabin and deckhouse. The central steering wheel with two adjacent side consoles are flanked by winches and hydraulics for performance sailing by a small crew. The stainless-steel steering pedestal is piece of art in its own right, with a classic nighthouse housing the compass encircled by a double spoked wheel with an oval shaped rim.”
The Owners played an intrinsic part in the design of the yacht’s interior, and in partnership with Hoek, created a comfortable layout suitable for family cruising. An open plan Owner’s suite, designed for relaxation and privacy, includes his and hers bathrooms, a private seating area and a study, and the unique addition of an oculus with its own underwater lighting through which the Owners can view the underwater world by both day and night. Forward of the Owner’s cabin on portside is a large main salon with a TV and library, which provides a separate social area to the main dining suite. An important consideration for the clients was to incorporate a gym, which is positioned on the starboard side and can be transformed in to a spare cabin, if needed.
Luxurious styling is highlighted by Sapele Mahogany flat panelling and traditional detailing, and the floors are laid with Italian Walnut with a 6mm Maple margin seam. To complement the high-quality interiors, a unique decision was made by the Owners to collaborate with Hermès and entrust their bespoke teams with interior fittings including the desk area, several sofas, two club seats, the oculus mounted into a leather-clad table, and a world map made of leather marquetry. These exceptional pieces were designed by the bespoke creative team and handmade by the craftsmen of Hermès in their French workshop, using supple leathers coupled with their world-renowned know-how.
This stunningly beautiful classic yacht showcases an extraordinary level of attention to detail in the interior and exterior joinery installed by Ruiter Quality Interiors and Pendennis, making her a very special addition to the fleet of 30 other bespoke-built superyachts launched over the years by Pendennis Shipyard. Mike Carr, Managing Director at Pendennis, proudly announced “Vijonara will be a fitting complement to the yard’s 30th anniversary celebrations at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show in September.”
Mike also added, “Throughout the project the Owners have developed a deep affection for Cornwall and its people, and therefore, as part of their christening celebrations, have kindly donated £4,410 to Pendennis’ Charity of the Year, the Cornwall Air Ambulance.” A representative from the charity stated “It was a real pleasure to visit the yacht Vijonara and to meet the very generous Owners. As a charity we rely on donations from members of the public and local businesses in order to carry out our life-saving work. We were blown away by the amount being donated – it will make such a different to our cause.”