Originally built for racing by the King of Spain, HRH Don Alfonso XIII.
The hull was restored by Fairlie Restorations in 2005. She was then shipped to Palma De Mallorca for the fitting of her interior and rig by the Astilleros Shipyard. During this time the ‘Hispania Foundation’ went bankrupt only to be saved by the ‘Fundacion Isla Ebusitana’, (www.fundacionislaebusitana.es) a non profit organisation based in Puerto Sherry, Cadiz. It promotes sailing and recovers Spanish naval heritage.
She continues to race with her fellow 15-Metres for the Class Cup presented in St Tropez (2017).
“Hispania was owned by my grandfather John Rene Payne and Hugo Goldie”. – Information courtesy of Rosemary Marsh.