Xarifa, yachting with magnificence

2018-11-29

Sail cathedral, sea giant, Pacific explorer, movie star, the schooner Xarifa with her history has known many of lives. On January 8th, she will be on the start-line of the Panerai Transat Classique 2019 in Lanzarote, heading to Christophe Harbour on Saint-Kitts Island, in the Caribbean.

With a length of 50 metres and 1400 m² of sails upwind, the schooner is going to attract people in Marina Lanzarote, in the heart of the island capital, Arrecife. And she certainly will impress her competitors. Being downwind of this big ocean lady on the start-line would be a mistake, considering the wind shadow that she will create.

This wonderful yacht has been built in 1927, designed by the architect Joseph M. Soper to Franklin M. Singer, one of the descendants of the sewing machine inventor. Over time, Xarifa (“nobleman” in Arabic) has changed her name several times (Radiant, Oiseau Blanc, Georgette, Capitana, Manta) and changed her owners, French, British, Icelandic, Austrian, Italian…

The current shipowner bought the schooner in 2012 and launched a complete restoration in 2014: reinforcement of the steel hull framework, a new steel deck covered with Burmese teak, lengthening of the masts, installation of modern equipment of navigation and comfort… Ever since, Xarifa displays her timeless charm and line in many classic yacht meetings, which pleases yachting lovers. Her participation in the Panerai Transat Classic 2019 represents an opportunity for the owner and crew to prove their sailor talents and reach their main goal: winning the Transat, facing formidable opponents.

Technical Information:

Year: 1927

Shipyard: J. S. White, Cowes (GB)

Architect: J. M. Soper

Length: 49,90 m

Beam: 8,55 m

Rigging: 3 masts schooner

Sail surface: 1 386 m2

Restoration: 2014

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