15-metre class

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the 15mR Ma'oona in 1908

The International Fifteen Metre Class yachts are constructed to the International Rule. A total of twenty 15 metres were built during the ten-year period between 1907 and 1917. Four of them have survived until today.[1] The 15 metre is a construction class, meaning that the boats are not identical but are all designed to meet specific measurements in a formula, in this case the In their heyday, Metre classes were the most important group of international yacht racing classes, and they are still actively raced around the world. "Metre" does not refer to the length of the boat, but to her rating; the Length Overall of 15mR boats measuring almost 30 metres (98 ft).


The IYRU International Rule was set up in 1907 to replace the YRA 1901 revised Linear Rating Rule. The IYRU 15mR boats would replace the YRA 52-raters and open competition to foreign nations, replacing local or national systems with a unified rating system across Europe. The rule changed several times, but the 15mR boats only raced in the first rule of 1907. The twenty boats that were built, were raced in Spain, France, Britain and Germany. The rule was proposed for competition in the 1908 Olympics but there were no entries.

1907 Rule[edit]

Tuiga is one of four 15mR survivors

Used from 1907–1920



  • \textrm{LWL} = Load Waterline Length in m
  • B = beam in m
  • G = chain girth in m
  • d = difference between girth and chain in m
  • S = sail area in m²
  • F = freeboard in m


launch yacht sail designer shipyard first owner details
1907 Ma'oona Alfred Mylne Scotland Robert McAlister & Son J. Talbot Clifton later sold to Almeric Paget
1907 Shimna William Fife III Scotland Alexander Robertson & Sons William Yates later rechristened Slec and Yildiz in 1938. Badly damaged and broken up in Turkey 1949.
1908 Mariska D1 William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son A. K. Stothert refitted 2009.
1909 Ostara Alfred Mylne Scotland Robert McAlister & Son William P. Burton
1909 Anémone II C. Maurice Chevreux France Chantier Vincent, Cannes Philippe de Vilmorin
1909 Encarnita Joseph Guédon Spain Astilleros Karpard de Pasajes Marquis of Cuba
1909 Hispania D5 William Fife III Spain Astilleros Karpard de Pasajes King Alfonso XIII of Spain Refit by the Foundatión HISPANIA from 2003 to 2007.[2]
1909 Tuiga D3 D9 1 William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son 17th Duke of Medinaceli Owned in the 1920s by Warwick Brookes.[3] refitted 1993.
1909 Vanity William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son W. & Benn Payne
1910 Paula II D8 Alfred Mylne Scotland Robert McAlister & Son Ludwig Sanders
1910 Tritonia Alfred Mylne Scotland Alexander Robertson & Sons Graham C. Lomer later rechristened Jeano, Gerd II, Rinola, Fortuna II, Cisne Branco and Albatroz in 1981. Used as a sail-trainer by the Gremio de Vela da Escola Navala in Brazil until 1986.
1910 Sophie-Elisabeth William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son L. Biermann 1913/1914 sold to G.Eyde, Norway, and rechristened "Beduin" [4]
1911 Senta Max Oertz Germany Max Oertz Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
1912 Istria D7 Charles Ernest Nicholson England Camper & Nicholsons Charles C. Allom World's first Marconi topmast. Topped Class standings in her first season.
1912 The Lady Anne D10 William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son George Coast refitted 1999.
1913 Pamela Charles Ernest Nicholson England Camper & Nicholsons S. Glen L. Bradley
1913 Paula III Charles Ernest Nicholson England Camper & Nicholsons Ludwig Sanders
1913 Isabel Alexandra Johan Anker Norway Anker & Jensen E. Luttrop
1913 Maudrey William Fife III Scotland Fife & Son W. Blatspiel Stamp
1917 Neptune Johan Anker Norway Mandrup Abel S. Klouman


  1. ^ Hispania, Tuiga, Mariska and The Lady Anne sailing today
  2. ^ Fundación Isla Ebusitana
  3. ^ "Yachting. Royal Southern Yacht Club". The Times (London). 7 August 1922. p. 3, col F. 
  4. ^ "Die Yacht", 1914,Vol.27, p.672

The Foundation Isla Ebusitana take the HISPANIA under pupilage following the bankruptcy of Hispania Foundation