One month after M5's (ex-Mirabella V) arrival in Falmouth, the yacht has been de-stepped in advance of her docking down in Pendennis Shipyard for her substantial 13-month refit.

Located at A&P Falmouth's Queen's Wharf, the 40-man mast lifting team was on-site last week in the early hours of the morning, and had completely detached the impressive 89m (9291ft) mast by mid-afternoon.

The 45t mast required a total of four cranes to coordinate the lift, including use of one of the UK's tallest cranes. It took 16 lorries to deliver these massive pieces of equipment to Falmouth.

The largest crane, with a boom length of 104m (341ft), lifted the mast itself, with two further cranes supporting the forestays with an additional crane required for the tail of the mast.

Local company Macsalvors provided two of these and further coordinated the hire of two specialist cranes from Ainscough.

Pendennis has been working closely with Marine Results, who were responsible for the original mast and rig installation when the yacht was built in 2004.

Ed Danby from Marine Results explained that teamwork has been essential throughout.

"Unstepping the rig is no small job," says Ed Danby from Marine Results. "To give you an idea of the size of the job, when we remove the boom vang, it alone is 9.5m (31ft), weighs 900kg and is capable of pulling 112t."