La Spina, I-1

La Spina, I-1, James R. Taylor photo

Built in 1929 according to the International Second Rule.


In 1929, Marquess Franco Spinola, a member of one of the most prominent families of Genoa and Admiral of the Military Navy, commissioned Vincenzo Vittorio Baglietto to design and build a pioneer sailing boat in Italy: the first 12 International Meters that would be named LA SPINA. During 10 years period (1929-1938), she became the flagship of the Italian Yacht Club, the first regatta club in Italy. In 1938 La Spina changed hands but continued to receive illustrious guests like the Savoia family and that was when she had a serious modifications until she felt into oblivion and reached the Catalan coast. In 2007, a total restoration project began, returning La Spina to her original splendour. In February 2019, La Spina embarks on a new adventure. She moved to Barcelona with the intention of sailing again in the most prestigious regattas of the Mediterranean Classic Sailing circuit.

La Spina Details

La Spina Status, 2019


Sail Number I-1
International Rule SECOND Rule
Year Built 1929
Designer Vincenzo Vittorio Baglietto
Builder Cantieri Baglietto
Hull ID Number 123
First Owner Marquis Franco Spinola
First Name La Spina
First Sail Number I-1
First Country Italy
Original Homeport Santa Margherita
Other Names La Vespa (1948) - Corsara (1956)
Current Status / Condition sailing
Current Location Castellamamre di Stabia
Construction Wood
Length Overall 21.47 m.
Length Waterline 13.87 m.
Beam 3.90 m.
Draft 2.62 m.
Sail Area 173 sq. - 196 sq. (1930) m.