image of Yacht Mariquita in the Solent under full sail
Yacht Mariquita in the Solent under full sail
Mariquita winner of class O
Mariquita in western Solent UK

 

Mariquita, a 100 foot yawl, was one of the stars at the British Classic Yachts Week regatta at Cowes, IOW.

Originally launched in 1911 Mariquita was one of four British 19 Metres and her debut season saw success in highly competitive racing which she continued until 1913.

During the Great War she was sheltered in a neutral Norway. Raced and cruised during the interwar years she was eventually laid up after her keel was removed.

She was found being used as a houseboat on a mud berth at Pin Mill on the River Orwell and restoration started in 1991.

 

Looking up the mast which brave crew climb
Looking up the mast which brave crew climb

 

High up in the rigging
High up in the rigging

 

After being rescued from the mud in 1991 Fairlie Restorations started the careful work of restoring Mariquita to her former glory.

She re-emerged in 2009 ready to join the classic racing circuit.

Mariquita under sail with topman at the crosstrees
Mariquita under sail with topman at the crosstrees

Sailing Yacht Mariquita

Looking forward along the deck
Looking forward along the deck
Matty Oates mate of Mariquita who kindly showed me around
Matty Oates mate of Mariquita who kindly showed me around

 

Matty Oates is currently mate of Mariquita. From New York, he had never sailed before when, aged 19, he got a job on a tall ship and in 2007 he contacted Mariquita, got a trial and has been there ever since.

Mariquita has seven full time crew living on board whose ages range between 22 and 31. In the past the ages have stretched from 19 to 40.

On race days as many as 25 sail on her. These additional crew are drawn from Mariquita’s family of supporters built up over the years.

 

the main wheel looking forward
the main wheel looking forward

 

Forward hatch leading below
Forward hatch leading below

 

Crew's quarters up the front
Crew’s quarters up the front

 

Guest cabin
Guest cabin

 

Aft bathroom
Aft bathroom

 

Main saloon. The settee is very comfy and big enough as an extra berth.
Main saloon. The settee is very comfy and big enough as an extra berth.

 

Lots of space for fine Edwardian dining
Lots of space for fine Edwardian dining

 

A nice touch in the aft cabin
A nice touch in the aft cabin

 

An earlier Greek owner made a gift of this picture
An earlier Greek owner made a gift of this picture

 

Mariquita at Cowes 2015
Mariquita at Cowes 2015

 

Crew need to be agile and brrave
Crew need to be agile and brave

 

The crew need to hold on as there are no modern safety rails
The crew need to hold on as there are no modern safety rails

 

A rib shadows Marquita in case crew fall over
A rib shadows Marquita in case crew fall over

 

Approached from the aft cabin this raised seating enabled guests to seat safely below while enjoying the view out of the hatch
Approached from the aft cabin this raised seating enabled Yacht Mariquita’s guests to seat safely below while enjoying the view out of the hatch

 

 

 

Mariquita's bowsprit
Mariquita’s bowsprit

 

image of Mariquita under sail
image of Mariquita under sail

 

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