The Pendennis Cup will return to Falmouth this year, with an eclectic fleet including the defending champion from 2012.

The cup will run from May 26 to 31, with races over four days, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, supported by a range of shore side social events.

Mariette of 1915 will be back to defend her title, challenged by the 65m three-masted schooner Adix who returns to the event for the first time since 2008.

There will be Pendennis-built performance sailing yachts competing against each other at the Cup for the first time: the 1996 built Rebecca and the 46m Ron Holland ketch Christopher.

These yachts will be joined by local vessel Breakaway and the 26m Bermudian ketch Velacarina, who has competed in the last three regattas, with previous winner Adela keen to return.

Initially founded in 2008 the Pendennis Cup has grown year on year, and each of the four racing days usually brings its own unique set of conditions.

Greg Perkins, captain of Adela, said: “Compared to other regattas we have competed in the racing is good as generally there is plenty of wind and the tidal waters make it tactically challenging.

“The shore side is great fun, with plenty of social events making for an exciting atmosphere.”

Once again race management will be provided by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and supported by sailing officer Peter Craig.

Peter, who managed the 2012 Pendennis Cup, said: “I've been involved in both grand prix and superyacht racing events for over 20 years now and 2012 was my first Pendennis Cup.

It's what sailboat racing should be with an emphasis on the fun aspect of the sport - competitive racing and fantastic parties, combined with the unique heritage of Falmouth.”

The Pendennis Cup fleet will be supported by an equally competitive group of smaller classic yachts, now known as the Little Dennis Cup, which is set to include Ed Dubois’ Firebrand returning to defend her 2012 title, alongside Pinnucia, Zarik and the 1928 Kelpie of Falmouth.