Yacht: Latifa

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She was built for Michael Mason and finished second in both the 1937 and 1939 Fastnets.

Fairlie Parish Church weather vane

Fairlie Parish Church weather vane

As can be seen above a model of Latifa stands as a wind vane on the Fairlie Parish Church Spire bringing back memories of a by-gone era.   The canoe stern is a sight to behold!

Uffa Fox described her as:

‘a great delight to lovers of sailing vessels, for she is one of the loveliest of sailing craft yet seen.   I can see her now smoking up through the Solent with a north west breeze over her quarter, everything set even to the mizen staysail, and all her cloud of canvas seeming to lift her out of the water’.

Fox loved her ‘clean buttocks and water-lines’ and her ‘seaworthy overhangs’.

Owned since 1976 by Mario Pirri who had her restored at Cantieri Beconcini, La Spezia, he then took his family around the world in 1999.

Bought by a new owner in 2017, she sailed across the Atlantic at the end of that year. The owner has plans to sail around the world.

Summer, 2019 – based out of Grenada.

A beautifully details model of Latifa

Designer: William Fife III
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Yawl
Year Built: 1936
Built By: William Fife & Son, Fairlie, Scotland
LOA m / ft:
LOD m / ft: 21.33m / 70'
LWL m / ft: 15.85m / 52' 6"
Beam m / ft: 4.72m / 15' 4"
Draft m / ft: 3.10m / 10' 5"
Yard No: 808
Sail Stats Sail Area: 204 sq.m Sail No. 121
Displacement: 43 tons.

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