MARIQUITA is one of the most iconic racing yachts and her career spanning over a century is one of the great maritime stories. Designed and built for industrialist Arthur Stothert by William Fife III, she was launched in 1911 at Fairlie on the Clyde in Scotland and joined ‘The Great 19’s’ – a new series of four 19-metre sailing yachts: Mariquita, Octoavia, Norada and Corona. Catching the attention of all avid sailing fanatics just before the First World War, ‘The Great 19’s’ travelled far and wide in the three seasons from 1911 to 1913.
Originally designed and built as a race boat, the present owners didn’t want to solely rescue a classic yacht; they wanted to reinstate her former glory, back to the race boat she once was in 1911, competing on the classic circuit. Named ‘The Mariquita Project’, a new era for this remarkable yacht began.
Over the years, she was pushed to a whole new level, and in 2004, she eventually set sail again, starring in regattas throughout Europe. Delivered as a gaff rigged cutter, she marked the return of the historic Big Class and J-Class.
The magnificent Mariquita now presents a fantastic opportunity for a new owner to become part of her amazing heritage.