William Fife “Mariquita”

Type: Big Class 19 Metre

Fife “Mariquita” Specifications:

LOA: 125′ 0″ /  38.10m – LOD: 95′ 4″ / 29.05m –  LWL: 66′ 0″ / 20.11m –  Beam: 17′ 0″ /  5.18m – Draft: 12′ 0″ / 3.65m – Ballast: – Displacement: 79 Tonnes – Sail Area: 6,260 sq ft – Yard Number: 595  –  Hull material: Mahogany and steel frames – Rig: Gaff Cutter – Designer: William Fife III – Type: 19 Metre Class (First International Rule 19) – Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie – Year Built: 1911 – Restored By: Fairlie Restorations – Current Name: Mariquita – Original Owner:  Arthur Stothert – Current Owner: – Sail Number:

Known Racing History: ?

Known Restoration History:

1991 – Fairlie Restorations rescued Mariquita from a “Mud Berth” at Pinmill on the Orwell, where she was being used as a Houseboat.
2001 – Fairlie Restorations completely rebuilt, launched 2004


One of the most beautiful vintage yachts sailing today, was built for industrialist Arthur Stothert , MARIQUITA was designed by William Fife III, and built at Fairlie on the Clyde in 1911

Prince Albert Edward having retired his yacht BRITANNIA from competition 1896, left a void in “Big Class” racing until MARIQUITA was launched in 1911,  joining OCTAVIA, CORONA, and NORADA in this resurrected new class just before World War I.

The “Great 19s” brought an unexpected high level of close racing, sometimes finishing half day races within seconds of each other. As good as the racing was, with the threat of war in 1913, brought an immediate end of racing. OCTAVIA was first put up for sale, by her then owner William Burton, with MARIQUITA changing hands in 1915 , marking the official  end of “Big Class” racing.

1 comment

  1. Tim Bell

    I remember Mariquita at Pinmill and am interested in the transformation and pics of her in Pinmill.

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