Frank C. Paine CARA MIA

Type: Q-Class

CARA MIA Specifications:

LOA: 53’0″ / 16.15m
LWL: 35’3″ / 10.75m
Beam: 8’10” / 2.46m
Draft: 7’0” / 2.13m
Hull Number:
Designer: Frank C. Paine
Original Owner: Harold S. Wheelock
Current Owner:
Year Built: 1929
Built By: George F. Lawley & Son
Hull Material: Wood
Gross Displacement:
Sail Area: 883 sq ft
Sail Number: Q15
Status: Scuttled



The longest Q ever built, CARA MIA was designed by Frank Paine and built by Lawley. Eighteen Qs were built for Marblehead racing which lasted for eleven years.

1948 Ole Karas converted her from a sloop to a yawl, gaining two hours of handicap, setting a Chicago-Mackinac corrected time record of 30 hours, three minutes and 21 seconds.

Known Racing History:

1945, ‘47, ’48 and ’49 — Chicago-Mackinac – Winner

1 comment

  1. James Cady

    I sailed on the Cara Mia in about 1958, as my brother in law, Richard L. Vennell was the navigator, very experienced sailor, and good friend of the owner, Otto Seifert. Cara Mia was harbored at that time at the Chicago Yacht Club. I was with them in a race to Michigan City, but was too young and inexperienced to race to Mackinac. I slept in the right rear lazzerette. The whole experience is something I will never forget.

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