Marga was TCYE’s first 10 Metre International Rule racing yacht, measuring 51 feet (15.6m), she was built in 1910 by C. O. Liljegren, a notable Swedish naval architect who was trained by world renowned Nathaniel Herreshoff. She was built for Swedish diplomat Fredrick Forsberg to compete in the 1912 Olympic games in Gothenberg.
Her razor-sharp lines and expansive sail plan perfectly epitomise the essence of the purebred classic racing yacht, constructed with alternating wooden and steel frames of excellent quality. She has an extremely aerodynamic shape, her bow likened to the point of a pencil, with a slight downward curvature of her sides, all hinting to her ability to reach exhilarating speeds.
Although in the 1912 Olympics Marga achieved fourth place, there is ever reason to believe, based on her recent successes, that she could have brought home the gold. Every regatta she enters brings with it a new accolade, and her reputation as a fierce competitor continually precedes her.
Her long life has seen various modifications and reconstructions, whilst in Copenhagen with previous owners her gaff rig was changed to a Bermudian, and at one time she was even used as a houseboat, her companion way modified into a deck house.
She was fortuitously discovered in Italy by her current owners who undertook painstaking historical research which led to a four year, award-winning restoration. She has now been triumphantly reintroduced to the racing circuit and is now in her fourth regatta season.
“A strong hull with aggressive forms, even a little brutal, but with a sail plan more beautiful than any other Swedish yacht”. (Swedish Magazine c. 1910-1910).