Classic Fife sailing yacht Mariska for sale
by Malcolm Maclean
The classic 27.6 metre sailing yacht Mariska has been listed for sale by John Solomon at Northrop & Johnson.
Built in mahogany by Scottish yard William Fife to a design by William Fife III, she was delivered in 1908 as a J-class racing yacht and, of the 20 built in this class between 1908 and 1917, is one of only four remaining. Accommodation is for six guests in three cabins consisting of a master suite, a double and a twin, all with en suite shower facilities, while there are also quarters for two crew aboard this yacht for sale.
With fine lines, narrow beam, a deep keel and sweeping overhangs, it was immediately apparent that this was a yacht built for racing and she earned her spurs by going on to win a number of races including the 1911 Cowes Regatta. In 2007 a new owner began a complete restoration that was to take two years and 25,000 man hours as she was painstakingly taken back to bare timbers and carefully rebuilt until she re-emerged in September 2009.
Since then, she has continued to go from strength to strength on the classic regatta circuit. In fact, in 2016, Mariska won the Giraglia, Puerto Sherry, San Remo and St Tropez classic regattas, often called ‘The Grand Slam’ of classic yachting.
Lying in France, Mariska is asking €2,850,000.
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