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After taking part in Cowes Classics '93, Marigold returned to Plymouth, enabling the finishing touches to her rig to be completed. The stretch caused by the massive weight of the 43-foot (13.11m) boom, required the 3in (76mm) manila topping lifts to be replaced with wire ones sewed over with canvas, like the runners, to prevent undue chafe.

In order to retain the authentic feel and look of the yacht, the running gear was hemp or manila, every splice requiring worm parcelling and serving and any blocks that chafed being saddled with leather. Paraffin running lamps and the original ship's water-breaker completed the deck work. Mr Allan was keen that the design of Marigold's accommodation was in keeping with the original plan and photographs, using mahogany in the ladies' cabin, navigation area and main saloon and pine for the crew's quarters as is typical in Victorian yachts.Starting in October gave the winter to complete the task and re-rig the boat ready for June 1994. First came the cabin sole, with hatches, then the companionway staircase followed by posts and panelling, frame and battens until the open space below became several separate rooms connected by double and single doors. The engine and controls were completely hidden in a cupboard, so that the original layout was not altered at all. The magnificently engineered pumping 'head', meanwhile, was reverently laid to rest on sheet lead beneath the companionway with the 'compacta', or fold-down washbasin, beside it. Ebony handles graced doors, and brass and mahogany handrails returned to their rightful places. Neil of Auto Trim in Plymouth enlisted the support of his father to give expert advice on making horsehair lined button upholstery. A rare 1890s cast iron cooking stove was fitted centrally in the fo'c'sle, with a butler pantry sink to port and a slab of marble to starboard for preparing maritime epicurean delights. Eight weeks later 50 tins of varnish had disappeared onto the panelling, giving a total of 12 coats, all cut back and polished.

Jason came to help rig the topmast and set up the 32-foot (9.75m) spinnaker-pole and gear. Finally James Lawrence's gloriously textured white cotton sails arrived, and for the first time since her Edwardian days Marigold sailed under the cotton sails she was designed to carry.

During the summer of 1994 Marigold joined in the sailing rally at Salcombe, took part in Plymouth, Fowey and Falmouth traditional boat events and then sailed for the Solent to take part in the second Hermes-Mumm trophy for classic yachts. At Falmouth, with hardly a breath of wind, Marigold set her balloon tops'l and spinnaker ghosted through the doldrums sea at two knots but at Cowes, in a near-gale Force 7, she had a lively time of it. Marigold was matched against Monsieur Tabarly's Pen Duick and the 1898 gentleman's yawl Samphire, logging 12 knots with storm jib and three reefs down. It was an exceptionally exciting sail, thoroughly enjoyed by all 12 crew, especially as she won both races.

In September 1994 Mr Allan hosted a delightful buffet luncheon to celebrate the restoration of Marigold. The salt-soaked crew of the Cowes race appeared, dressed this time to the nines, while the vessel was likewise brushed, polished and dressed overall at her new berth at Bucklers Hard.

This story of Marigold's history, rescue and restoration was written by Greg Powesland, her original rescuer.