35th America's Cup 2017 (copyright JClass Association/Carlo Borlenghi)
Velsheda in the hoist (photography Andrew Wright)
Velsheda leads the fleet in the Americas Cup J Class Regatta (copyright JClass Association/Carlo Borlenghi)
Velsheda is re-launched into the Wet Basin following her 2016 refit

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Velsheda, one of the original Js, launched in 1933 in England by Camper & Nicholsons, was based at Pendennis in Falmouth for four months in 2016 to prepare her for the 2017 regatta season. Built for Mr. W.L. Stephenson, Owner of the Woolworth chain of shops, her name originated from Stephenson’s three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. At the time of her build Stephenson owned a Camper & Nicholsons classic motor yacht, Malahne (a combination of the remaining letters of his daughters’ names) which coincidentally completed a significant award-winning restoration programme at Pendennis during the previous refit season.

Velsheda’s refit included installation of a new engine, gearbox and drive train replacement and alignment. A 20-year Lloyd’s A1 LMC Survey was carried out alongside deck and interior joinery maintenance, with a repaint of the technical areas and tanks.

Velsheda’s refit was completed in August 2016. She then sailed straight to Sardinia to compete in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Certainly, Velsheda’s time at Pendennis seems to have been of benefit as the yacht performed exceptionally well, securing second place overall in the Super Maxi fleet.



Camper & Nicholsons

Year of Build



J Class Sailing Yacht

Naval Architect





39.4m (129ft)


6.6m (21.6ft)


4.57m (15ft)

Pendennis Refit Year


Pendennis Refit Location

Pendennis Falmouth

We were very pressured at the end of the Lloyd’s 20-year survey to make the Rolex Maxi Worlds on time. We always knew it was going to be a difficult undertaking, essentially achieving 6 months’ work in just 4. It was a testament to the Pendennis team and Velsheda crew, who worked cohesively throughout to achieve the required result.
Barnaby Henshaw-Depledge - Captain of Velsheda