Custodian: Jeffrey Richardson; 1997 – 2015
Margarita was built in 1997 at the Wooden Boat Shop (WBS) in Sorrento, Victoria. She was commissioned by Jeffrey Richardson and was originally named C97. Her build mirrors Wagtail lines, with a maximum beam and minimum draft.
She was constructed by the WBS with Jeffrey and friends, including the late David Bishop, assisting. Their work included the clenching of all nails, fastening of planks, sanding, epoxy filling and painting of the entire boat. They manufactured the centre-plate and cast all the ballast from second-hand roofing lead in a foundry that was owned by the late Alan Luxmore. Vale David. Vale Alan.
She is planked with King Billy Pine, Celery Top ribs and has a Queensland Beech deck.
Jeffrey campaigned C97 in the Division 1 Couta Boat fleet in the Couta Boat fleet, initially at Sorrento Sailing Club, then Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. Race Records show her success in many races, including: Line Honours in the premier Portsea Cup in 1998 and 1999, and 1st Handicap in the CBA Victorian State Titles in 2008.
After 18 years of successful sailing, Jeffrey was looking for another challenge and so decided to commission a new boat and so C97 was sold.
Custodian: James Mighell; 2015 – Present
James Mighell purchased C97 in 2015 and renamed her Margarita, Latin for ‘Pearl’, the name of James’ previous boat Pearl C12.
C97 had a proven race record, particularly in the late 1990s. After being purchased, work was undertaken on the centre-plate, the rigging, and new sails were acquired. Margarita continues to be regularly campaigned in Division 1 out of SSCBC and has remained competitive at the front of the fleet.
In 2017, Margarita was transported to Sydney to compete in the Australian National Couta Boat Championship, with an impressive performance of 3rd place on Handicap for the series. Her racing performance in the 2020 season was commendable. Podium places included: 2nd Line Honours in the Portsea Cup, 1st Line Honours in the South Channel Passage Race, and 1st Line Honours and 1st Handicap in the Australia Day 3 Piers Passage Race.
According to some observant competitors, Margarita’s true potential seems to be on show when she is steered by James’ son, Harry….