Xarifa arrived at port after eleven days of sailing from the Iberian Peninsula, in order to spend Christmas in Lanzarote and participate in the transatlantic regatta Panerai Transat Classique, which will depart from the marina of Marina Lanzarote, in Arrecife, the next day January 8.
The ship, built in 1927, was designed by naval architect Joseph M. Soper on behalf of Franklin Morse Singer, son of the famous shipowner Isaac Merrit Singer, founder of one of the largest manufacturers of sewing machines in the world.
There have been several owners of this impressive three-masted schooner, 49 meters long and 9 of magician that displaces 269.76 tons, and many anecdotes passed in its more than ninety years of history. Among others, Xarifa has been the scene of Monegasque jet set parties and several feature films, including several produced by Orson Welles.
With this boat the fleet that is already in Marina Lanzarote is closed, preparing the most prestigious oceanic regatta of classic boats, the Panerai Transat Classique . A unique opportunity to see up close these authentic floating jewels, known in the nautical world as “the ladies of the sea” that normally only appear in the Mediterranean circuit.
With this event, Calero Marinas closes a busy season of nautical events in Lanzarote, which started with the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in February 2018, continuing with the Melges 40 Lanzarote Grand Prix in November to continue with the recently dismissed RORC Transatlantic Race at the end in the same month of November, starting a 2019 that will also bring many events, which continue to position Lanzarote at the highest level of world destinations for the practice of high competition sailing, thanks to the support among others, of Promotur Turismo de Canarias , Tourism of Lanzarote, Department of Tourism of Arrecife and the Royal Nautical Club of Arrecife.