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Shadow VI


Class:International 6 Metre Rule: Third metre rule
Sail no:GBR93Home port:d/k
Year designed:1998Country:United Kingdom
Year built:1998Current Status:For sale
Designed by:Derek Clark; Edward Dubois; Tony Castro; Rob Humphries
Built by:Pencarrow; Richard Farman

Rig: d/k
Construction: d/k


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LWL:d/kTrim tab:d/k
Beam:d/kWings on keel:d/k
Draft:d/kL (Measured):d/k
Luff (A) IRC (P):d/kDate of last measurement certificate:d/k
Fore triangle (J):d/kMeasurer:d/k
Foot (B) IRC (E):d/kIRC Rating:d/k
Sail area:d/kn year:d/k


This section records what is known about the past history of the boat.
Complete one row for each change of name, sail number, location and/or owner and the year in which the change(s) occurred. The current owner is not displayed unless permission has been given.

Year acquired: 2007; Current owner: Not displayed

Year: d/k; Previous owner: Sir Michael Cobham (dc'd)
Year: d/k; Previous name: Pride of Pendennis II

Restorations & Modifications:

YearName, Address of restorerDetails
1993-98 Modified design by David Hollom 1044


Use this section to note any anecdotes, successes, etc. or add any notes

The original design was by the Blue Arrow America’s Cup Design team (Derek Clark, Rob Humphries, Ed Dubois and Tony Castro). As the America’s Cup was in court at the time, De Savary wanted a project to keep his design team occupied and so he had them design a Six Metre for the Worlds that were at Cowes the following year. They built two hulls off one plug and completed one of them but the boat was reputedly not very fast. Richard Farman bought the other hull and asked David Hollom to re-design it.

The underwater canoe body was modified from the midsection forward and from just aft of the midsection to the rudderpost so that the only remaining parts were the midsection and the hull above the waterline. A new keel and bulb and latter a rudder were designed and fitted. To complete the package Richard Farman designed a radical deck layout that lifted the crew up in a raised cockpit thus allowing input from all the crew as well as making handling the boat far easier, more efficient and much more enjoyable.
Its first event was the European Championships at Cowes in 1998 were, in 25kts of breeze, it was third at the first windward mark but retired from the event shortly after rounding the mark with chain plates (designed by Blue Arrow) pulling from the hull. These were subsequently re-designed and there have been no further mechanical problems.

The boat has achieved considerable racing success (see below) with an amateur crew (most of her competitors have professional helmsman and crew), an old heavy mast, a very restricted wardrobe of sails, some second hand and budget and, due to time constraints, with little opportunity to tune the boat. This state of affairs was in no way due to a lack of funds but more to the sailing masters philosophy of working the boat up with less than perfect sails so that the crew have to try that little bit harder and then, when the boat is fully worked up, substituting them with the best. The boat now has a new mast and an extensive wardrobe of sails by Europe Sails the top sailmaker for Six Metre boats, which are as yet unused.

Due to the illness of the principle owner, Sir Michael Cobham, the boat has not been sailed since 2001. However, sadly Sir Michael recently passed away and very kindly left “Shadow” to Richard who is now keen to see the boat back on the water racing and winning trophies again. With her as yet unused new mast and sails and with some fine tuning Richard is confident that the boat will be faster still. Also the designer, David Hollom, has a number of modifications in the pipeline that promise a further increase in performance.

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Sources & References

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  • Sale Document for 6mR Shadow VI;

The original document is available at