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International 15m Class, Hispania

Hispania was built for the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII, in 1909 to compete in the 15 metre class racing.


International 15m Class, Hispania

After her racing career ended she retired to the East Coast of England where she became a houseboat in a mud berth in West Mersea for many years. In the 90’s she was rescued from her berth and transported to Fairlie Restorations to await restoration. The project finally began in 2004 when Fairlie began work restoring the hull and deck structure of the yacht for it's owners, 'La Fundación Hispania'. Paul Spooner and Fairlie's design office also supplied designs for the spars, rig fittings, deck arrangement and deck fittings to be used by Astilleros de Majorca in the next stage of the restoration.

Specifications:

  • Designer – William Fife III
  • Year – 1909
  • Type – 15 Metre Class Racing Cutter
  • L (extreme) – 99’ (30.2m)
  • LOD – 76’ (23.2m)
  • Lwl – 49’ (14.9m)
  • Beam – 13.7’ (4.2m)
  • Draft – 9.4’ (2.9m)

Sail area (upwind) – 2777 sq. ft. (258 sq. m)

The Hull was re-floated in February 2006 and transported by ship to Astilleros de Majorca in Palma who carried out the fit out, engineering and rigging. Fairlie Restorations was also responsible for the restoration of 2 other 15m Class yachts; The Lady Anne and Tuiga.

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