Last week saw one of the most prestigious events in the British yacht regatta calendar return to Cowes for its 15th year. The 2016 Panerai British Classic Week attracted entries from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.
Cowes Yacht Haven (pictured above) played host to a fleet of more than 50 classic and modern classic yachts, including the 29 metre gaff cutter Mariquita, which dates back to 1911. One of the most beautiful classic sailing yachts of all time, Mariquita has a long and storied history. She had several years of racing success under her belt before World War One broke out and she was later moved to Norway. She was extensively restored in 1987 by Fairlie Yachts of Southampton.