Pendennis forges New Zealand links

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New Zealand trade commissioner Sam Lewis (r) with Pendennis marketing director Toby Allies

Three enormous masts completed their long journey to Pendennis Shipyard recently in preparation for instalment on Pendennis’ current new build projects.

SY Christopher is due to be complete by January 2011 in time to race at the St Barths Regatta; while B105 is already in the water and due to be handed over to the client before Christmas.

New Zealand trade commissioner Sam Lewis (r) with Pendennis marketing director Toby Allies

The three carbon fibre rigs, the largest measuring just under 55m, were shipped from Southern Spars in New Zealand, one of the leading producers of yacht rigging globally.

Ongoing trade relationships between New Zealand and Pendennis have proved a valuable asset to the company.

Sam Lewis, New Zealand trade commissioner for UK and Ireland, visited the yard to see the arrival of the rigs as well as tour Pendennis’ facilities and understand more about the invaluable business relationships between the two countries.

He said: “It is great to see these yachts coming out of this truly impressive facility with New Zealand content. I am also pleased to note that the Southern Spars rigs are only a part of the growing relationship between Pendennis and our marine industry – a collaboration we certainly encourage and support.”

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