Charles Ernest Nicholson ISTRIA

Type: 15-Metre Class

ISTRIA Specifications:

LOD: 78.54′ / 23.94m
LWL: 48.49′ / 14.78m
Beam 13.64′ / 4.16m
Draft 2.82′ / 9.25m
Hull Number:
Designer: Charles Ernest Nicholson
Original Owner: Sir Charles Carrick Allom,
Current Owner:
Year Built: 1912
Built By: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, Hampshire
Hull Material: Laminated Wood
Gross Displacement: 40 tons
Sail Number: D 7
Status: Scuttled Norway 1924



The first yacht in the world built with a lightweight, laminated wood construction, of Columbia spruce

Her first sailing season brought great success, winning 23 out of 36 races in the very competitive 15-meter class. Her unique rigging and the extreme length of her mast caused it to be known as a Marconi rig. The topmast and club topsail yard were in practically one piece. While at a Harwich regatta, Colonel Duncan D. F. Neilll, who sailed the 23-metre Shamrock commented “what kind of spar is that?” a writer on the London field responded with “why that’s a Marconi spar, and when they run out of beer on the yacht they can wireless for more.”

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