The International Fifteen Metre Class 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 International Rule. 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. Only twenty boats were ever built, and were raced in Spain, France, Britain and Germany. The rule was proposed for competition in the 1908 Olympics but there were no entries.
Used from 1907–1920
- = Load Waterline Length in m
- = beam in m
- = chain girth in m
- = difference between girth and chain in m
- = sail area in m²
- = freeboard in m
|1907||Ma'oona||Alfred Mylne||Robert McAlister & Son||J. Talbot Clifton||later sold to Almeric Paget|
|1907||Shimna||William Fife III||Alexander Robertson & Sons||William Yates||later rechristened Slec|
|1908||Mariska||D1||William Fife III||Fife & Son||A. K. Stothert||refitted 2009.|
|1909||Ostara||Alfred Mylne||Robert McAlister & Son||William P. Burton|
|1909||Anémone II||C. Maurice Chevreux||Chantier Vincent, Cannes||Philippe de Vilmorin|
|1909||Encarnita||Joseph Guédon||Astilleros Karpard de Pasajes||Marquis of Cuba|
|1909||Hispania||D5||William Fife III||Astilleros Karpard de Pasajes||King Alfonso XIII of Spain||Refit by the Foundatión HISPANIA from 2003 to 2007.|
|1909||Tuiga||D3||D9||1||William Fife III||Fife & Son||17th Duke of Medinaceli||Owned in the 1920s by Warwick Brookes. refitted 1993.|
|1909||Vanity||William Fife III||Fife & Son||W. & Benn Payne|
|1910||Paula II||D8||Alfred Mylne||Robert McAlister & Son||Ludwig Sanders|
|1910||Tritonia||Alfred Mylne||Alexander Robertson & Sons||Graham C. Lomer||later rechristened Jeano, Gerd II, Rinola, Fortuna II and Cisne Branco|
|1910||Sophie-Elisabeth||William Fife III||Fife & Son||L. Biermann||1913/1914 sold to G.Eyde, Norway, and rechristened "Beduin" |
|1911||Senta||Max Oertz||Max Oertz||Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg|
|1912||Istria||D7||Charles Ernest Nicholson||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||Fife & Son||George Coast||refitted 1999.|
|1913||Pamela||Charles Ernest Nicholson||Camper & Nicholsons||S. Glen L. Bradley|
|1913||Paula III||Charles Ernest Nicholson||Camper & Nicholsons||Ludwig Sanders|
|1913||Isabel Alexandra||Johan Anker||Anker & Jensen||E. Luttrop|
|1913||Maudrey||William Fife III||Fife & Son||W. Blatspiel Stamp|
|1917||Neptune||Johan Anker||Mandrup Abel||S. Klouman|
- Fundación Isla Ebusitana
- "Yachting. Royal Southern Yacht Club". The Times (London). 7 August 1922. p. 3, col F.
- "Die Yacht", 1914,Vol.27, p.672
The Foundation Isla Ebusitana take the HISPANIA under pupilage following the bankruptcy of Hispania Foundation
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- Dr. Daniel Charles (2005-08). Tuiga 1909. Yachting Heritage. ISBN 978-0-9550777-0-8.
- François Chevalier (2008). "Tuiga". Classic Yachts. Thomas Reed Publications. ISBN 978-1-4081-0518-4.
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