Club de Mar Mallorca will hold from August 16 to 19 "one of the best editions in history", which this year will celebrate its XXIII edition with the confirmed presence of the "best vessels of the Mediterranean fleet", as announced on 2nd May by the entity's commodore, Manuel Nadal, in the official presentation of this social and sportive event in Palma's Boat Show. More info XXIII ILLES BALEARS CLASICS
Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco from 13-17 September 2017, Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe reflects Monaco’s unwavering attachment to the sea and its maritime heritage. Launched in 1994, this biennial event stands out in that it brings together in one harbour the full spectrum of boats of yesteryear, from the small recreational craft to the luxury units: classic sailing yachts, 12’ Dinghies, motorboats, and period motor-yachts. Between tradition and the art de vivre la mer lifestyle, this is a week for strolling along the southern quay of the YCM Marina to admire these dames from another era, all restored to their youthful prime by their owners. More info MONACO CLASSIC WEEK
From 30 September to 8 of October. Les Voiles de St Tropez is an amazing rendezvous of yachts. First run twenty-six years ago as La Nioulargue, the regatta gathers together the most extraordinary modern sailing boats alongside the most beautiful traditional yachts in the early autumn. A host of racers and sailing enthusiasts come from all the corners of the globe to do battle in the bay of Saint-Tropez. More info LES VOILES ST.TROPEZ 2017
1º MARISKA - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - (3) - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - (4) - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - (4) / 17 PTS
2º THE LADY ANNE - 2 - 2 - (3) - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - (3) - (4) - 3 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 / 27 PTS
3º HISPANIA - 3 - 3 - 2 - 3 - (4) - 3 - 3 - 1 - 3 - 2 - (4) - (4) - 4 - 3 - 1 - 4 - 3 / 38 PTS
4º TUIGA - (4) - (4) - (4) - 4 - 1 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 2 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 2 / 42 PTS
1º MARISKA - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 / 4 PTS
2º THE LADY ANNE - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 / 9 PTS
3º HISPANIA - 3 - 3 - 2 - 3 / 11 PTS
4º TUIGA - 4 - 4 - 4 - 5 / 17 PTS
1º MARISKA - (3) - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 / 7 PTS
2º THE LADY ANNE - 2 - 1 - 2 - 3 - (4) - 3 / 11 PTS
3º HISPANIA - (4) - 3 - 3 - 1 - 3 - 2 / 12 PTS
4º TUIGA - 1 - (4) - 4 - 4 - 2 - 4 / 15 PTS
1º MARISKA - 1 - 4 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 4 / 14 PTS
2º THE LADY ANNE - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 / 14 PTS
3º TUIGA - 3 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 2 / 20 PTS
4º HISPANIA - 4 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 4 - 3 / 23 PTS
The International Rule which created the 15s was devised by a group of the leading European yacht designers and other interested parties in 1906. They were wrestling with an old problem that had been clearly expressed in 1892 in a joint letter to the YRA from leading British yacht designers of the age, including Fife, Watson & Nicholson.
A desire to create a yacht with reasonable accommodation and to avoid short-lived "freaks", fit only for racing, was also central to the International Rule. As a result, the rule was in two parts; a "scantling" rule which fixed minimum sizes and weights for all the structural elements of the hull, and a rating rule to measure the shape of the yachts and their rigs on a agreed basis.
The Rule also included minimum standards for accommodation; in the case of the 15s, intended that the owner could live on board for the season in reasonable comfort. The rule required a "least height of cabin" from sole to the underside of the deck (ignoring deck beams) of 6.23ft (1.90m), a "least breath of floor" from hull side to hull side of 4.65ft (1.40m), at least four bulkheads 0.59" (15mm) thick, four sleeping berths and five sleeping "places" (for the crew, or some of them); and other details about lockers and toilets. There were also limits on crew numbers; only 14 people were allowed on board a 15 Meter during a race. At present there is no restriction on the number of crew per yacht
The 15 Meter Class was a product of the first International Rule of 1906. In the eight seasons of racing before the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, the 15 Meter Class grew to into an impressive fleet, numerically, aesthetically and technically.
Was expected to be the launching year of the 15 Meters but, in fact, it was mainly the swan song of the 52's of the demised Linear Rule. Beside these were racers where everything was sacrificed to speed the two new 15 Meters. Shimna and Ma'oona raced together 35 times in the season; Ma'oona beat Shimna over the finish line in 20 of those meetings; Shimna beat Ma'oona on 15 occasions.
The new Fife 15 Mariska had 519 sq.ft (48 sq.m) more sail area than Shimna, was shorter and narrower, with a fuller midship section and more freeboard. In some ways, Mariska appears closer to the Ma'oona style of hull, but in practice it seems more likely that Fife was becoming more familiar with the vagaries of the rule than any direct knowledge of Mylne's work. In any event, Mariska was rated shorter than Shimna despite being very similar in reality (Mariska's design waterline length was 49.0ft exactly, and her rated length was 52.91ft; Shimna's DWL was 49.10ft but her rated length was 53.43ft), and as a result Mariska could have the extra sail area. She was also a heavier boat than Shimna at 33.88 tons.
The 1909 season saw the real start of the growth in numbers with seven new yachts. The key decision was that of royalty to patronise the class; the King of Spain HRH Alfonso XIII, who already had a Fife 6 Metre, commissioned a 15 Meter design from Fife to be built in Spain and to be called "Hispania".
Tuiga was slipped into the cold Scottish waters at the boat builder William Fife's yard. She had been commissioned by the Duc de Medinacelli, a close friend of the King of Spain, Alphonse XIII. William Fife designed Tuiga as a twin to the Fife-built Hispania, so that the two 15-meter JI vessels were equally matched for racing purposes. From a distance, the two sisters were indeed difficult to distinguish. Construction-time was rapid: a mere 6 months. It was whispered that the Duc de Medinacelli preferred to rein in Tuiga for fear of creating the embarrassing situation of having beaten his friend and sovereign King Alphonse XIII.
S. M. King Alfonso XIII ordered the construction of the ship in 1908 in Karpad Shipyards from Pasajes (Spain) as designed by William Fife. Hispania had a length and beam of 23.20 and 4.12 meters respectively "; had a displacement of 40 tons and height Bat on deck 28 meters, the canopy developed a total area of 420 sq.m. The planking is. mahogany, 42 mm thick, the cover, pine from Canada, and the frames are made of steel and American elm.
On Monday June 21, 1909, at 1800 hours, when the launch of the sloop took place. Such was the anticipation surrounding the event over 4,000 people gathered in Pasajes (Spain)
The Field's summary of the year gave the class 60 starts; of which 22 (36%) were light, 13 (22%) "moderate", 18 (30%) "fresh" and 7 (12%) "strong"; in summary, only slightly windier than 1909, and a fairly typical summer for racing.
Conditions were more benign than in any previous season the 15s had seen; 34 out of 56 (61%) were "light", ten "moderate" (18%), nine "fresh" (16%) and just three "strong" (5%).
1912 would pass into the 15 Meter class history as "Istria's year"; the radical new design by Nicholson for Charles Allom dominated the season. Her innovative hull and rig were much remarked upon; and her race record by the year end was remarkably good.Istria started in 36 races and won 23 of them. The season was another long one, with 60 races planned; but strong winds caused many cancellations and in the end there were only about 43 starts. Of those, 12 (27%) were "light", 9 (19%) "moderate", 11 (25%) "fresh" and 11 (23%) "strong" or even "gale".
The Lady Anne was designed and built by William Fife for George Coats, the head of a wealthy Clydeside yachting family. One of his motives was to win back the premier prize for the 15 Metre class yachts, won in 1911 by the German owned Paula II. Sadly for Coats, C. E. Nicholson was simultaneously designing the radical Istria, which carried all before her during the 1912 season. However, after some fine tuning and modification, The Lady Anne came into her own, particularly in lighter winds, and eventually finished the season a close second. Further alterations to the hull and rig in the 1912 /13 winter kept her competitive, but Istria and her ilk were leading the way. Altered yet again in 1913 to the so-called Marconi rig, the war intervened in the 1914 season before much use could be made of her.
The season had 54 races scheduled, and in addition to that 15s raced at Kiel (but again the fleet was split with some opting to do the Clyde fortnight instead). 31 (57%) were light, 13 (24%)"moderate", and only four (7%) "fresh" and six (11%) "strong", so it was a very light year on average.
The outbreak of war in early August cut the season short with the class tantalisingly poised. After 1914, many 15s continued to race in Scandinavia and beyond; some survived as racing and cruising yachts for many decades. In that sense, the rule was successful in the stated aim of creating strong, habitable cruising yachts; but it is notable that not all the yachts were as durable.
The first season of the recovered 15 Meters Class began in Puerto Sherry (Spain), but the fact is that the first reunion of the four surviving yachts was at the Monaco Classic week at the end of 2011. After the results of the three major events of the first season of 15 Meter Class Association, composed of Puerto Sherry (Spain), Vele d'Epoca di Imperia (Italy) and the Voiles de Saint - Tropez (France), The Lady Anne, which celebrated its centenary this year, led by Paul Goss and his British crew won the 15 Meter Class Annual Trophy.
S. M. King Alfonso XIII ordered the construction of the ship in 1909 in Karpad Shipyards from Pasajes (Spain) as designed by William Fife. The sloop was changing hands and in the World War II, the ship was gutted by the British navy to manufacture weapons Located his remains in the 1990s in England, the ship was restored between Fairlie Restoration (England) and Astilleros de Mallorca. The Isla Ebusitana Foundation acquired the ship in December 2010 from a tragic future and returned to the water in early 2011.
By the late 1980's she was still sailing, located in Spain, and by 1990 she had been sailed up to the Hamble to await her restoration. By 1998 the process had begun in earnest. It proved necessary to renew practically the entire structure. The interior was re-modelled for her new role, with the saloon to the original plans, and all the work was done with very careful reference to the original mouldings and style. Now with three guest cabins, she is intended to be used as a day racer and occasional cruiser. She was re-launched on Wednesday 16th June 1999, and sailed with her 1914 rig restored a week later.
Mariska, sail number D1, is an International 15-metre Class. In fact, she made her official return to the sea at the 2009 Monaco Classic Week after major renovations at the Charpentiers Réunis Méditerranée yard in La Ciotat in France. The restoration plans were drawn up by the Groupe Fauroux in Cannes. Built from Acajou Mahogany, iroko and teak planking, she has low sides, extreme rakes and a fore and aft cutter rig. Her mast was rebuilt by Gilbert Pasqui of Villefranche. Mariska is currently owned by a Swiss family.
She was previously known as Dorina, Kismet III (her name when she won the 1935 Fastnet race) and Nevada. After several years of complete restoration at the Fairlie Restorations shipyards in England, under the care of Duncan Walker, Tuiga is today the Yacht Club de Monaco's flagship. The YCM members, who make up the crew of Tuiga, are to the yachting tradition. Their interest has never wavered, like that of their President H.S.H. Prince Albert II who often takes the helm. So did Eric Tabarly, Paul Cayard and Dennis Conner. It is a dynamism which gave birth to "Spirit of Tuiga", a club which unites all those in Monaco who are passionate about yachts.