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Rails Awash!

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Mariquita, which means ladybird in Spanish, is one of the last 19 Meter Class yachts in existence. Designed and built by William Fife & Sons, she was launched in 1911 at Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.

This video by Simpson Marine shows what it is like to sail aboard Mariquita

Mariquita enjoyed three years of competitive racing before being sold in 1915 to an owner who spent much of World War I sailing her in Norway. She was returned to Great Britain after the war and decommissioned. Mariquita's mast was cut down, her keel bolts removed and her 40-ton lead ballast went to scrap before being converted into a houseboat.

William Collier and Albert Obrist rescued Mariquita in 1991 and spearheaded an extensive reconstruction at Fairlie Restorations. Mariquita returned to racing form in 2004.