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World's largest sloop put to the test after refit

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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THE world's largest sloop has been put through her paces after a major remodelling project.

The 77.6 metre (257ft) sailing yacht M5 (Mirabella V) underwent the trial as part of the work at Pendennis Shipyard.

The yacht, with a mast reaching 88.5 metres (290ft), hit speeds of 17.7 knots in 18-23 knot wind.

Modifications included replacing main engines, generators, switchboards and the sewage treatment plant, along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment system.

The work was a collaboration between the shipyard and designer Ron Holland and the vessel is due to depart later this month.

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