The Next Adventure…

Despite a brief passage of time since waving goodbye, to convey the thoughts of Mariquita coursing through the brain is a nigh impossible task.  Some may look on it as just another job, but those [...]

Two Centuries of Sailing

And then the season was over. Even when you know a length of time will fly past you, it still comes as a surprise when you look back at photos and calendars and ask “where ever did the time go?”  [...]

Round And Round We Go…

Only once since her relaunch has Mariquita raced around the Isle of Wight.  It was a race peppered with some interesting moments, including a sail tie made halfway up the spinnaker, and a man [...]

Westward Ho!

This year now marks our fourth Westward Cup since it was started in 2008.  You may know Westward as one of the Big Class, an absolute legend within the classic yachting world.  There are few [...]

Reviewing the Fleet

The Royal Yacht Squadron could be named as one of the world’s more exclusive clubs, certainly it has one of the best bits of real estate in the Solent. Its members own a vast array of boat [...]

Old Gaffers Unite!

We’ve taken part in many a regatta since Mariquita was re-launched in 2004.  From sun-baked Argentario on the Tuscan coast, to the hog roasts and haggis toasts up in the Clyde.  The family style [...]

Bound for Blighty!

Preparing any vessel for a voyage involves imagining a lot of ‘what ifs.’  You lash, stow, and pad to the extreme, hoping that you make it through the trip with as little maintenance to do on the [...]

Season’s End is Nigh

And so we went onwards to the land of Bardot, and on the way we had the last seaward view of our beloved Cote d’Azur for the next few months.  We slipped our lines from Cannes just ahead of the [...]

When Hard Work Pays Off

Spoiler Alert: We did it. From the first training days of the 2014 season, we wanted to set our eyes on the Panerai Trophy, the token given to the overall winner of the series. Our win in [...]

Vele d’Epoca di Imperia

           September is the home stretch for so many yachts.  With Saint Tropez at the end of the tunnel, the month opener trades hands each year between the windless, rolling swell of Monaco, [...]

Menorcan Odyssey

After spending nearly a month sanding and varnishing, at rest in the Port of Barcelona, Mariquita had to turn her eyes to racing once more.  We’ve always come to Mahon with a bit of trepidation; [...]

¡Viva Barcelona!

When one is looking for a warm welcome in the Classic Yacht circuit, there’s not a one that parallels the fine city of Barcelona, and the Real Club Nautico di Barcelona.   Together with Puig, [...]

Victory in Toscana!

Three races. Three bullets! What’s more, the gleaming watch on George’s wrist is none other than a new Panerai Luminor, and it comes with no shortage of people asking the time. Yes, Argentario [...]

Les Voiles d’Antibes 2014

Mariquita has debuted at Les Voiles d’Antibes once more, and although the wind decided not to show up, our crew certainly did.  Against exhausting conditions in swell and heat, they fought it out [...]

Pulling the Rig

PULLING THE RIG Surely the crane operator had lifted heavier items than ours.  Two and a half tons of wood and wire isn’t much next to a commercial lorry, a shipping container, or Marlon Brando.  [...]

Saint Tropez News

Saint Tropez News And so the 2013 season comes to a close with that spectacle of spectacles, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. On the back of the Regates Royales, Mariquita jumped right into Les Voiles [...]

Antibes

Our season begins!  We’ve finally got the chance to test our mettle against our fellow classic sailors, and what better place than in the port of Antibes?  The sun was shining as we set up [...]