Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady to sail at Hamble Classics 2018

Sir Alec Rose’ famous round-the-world yacht Lively Lady will be sailing in this year’s Hamble Classics Regatta on 15-16th September at the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Now under the stewardship of Alan Priddy, Lively Lady is back in commission after a complete refit and will be celebrating the anniversary of her homecoming to Portsmouth in 1968 on July 8th this year, 50 years after thousands gathered to welcome her home. Sir Alec was later knighted by Her Majesty the Queen.

Lively Lady’s 354-day singlehanded voyage with stops in Melbourne, Australia, and a repair stop at Bluff Harbour, New Zealand, was a year after that of Sir Francis Chichester aboard Gipsy Moth IV, and with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completing his epic non-stop circumnavigation in Suhaili a year later.

Sir Robin and Suhaili were the special guests at the inaugural Hamble Classics Regatta in 2016.

Hamble Classics welcomes all styles of classic yachts including the International Metre classes, Classic Racers, Cruisers and Dayboats, Old Gaffers, Spirit of Tradition Yachts and Dayboats, and the classic One-Design classes. Owners of classic style GRP production yachts are also requested to make contact.

Those already invited include pre-1971 S&S designed Swans, Contessa 26 and 32, She 31, S&S 34, Rival 34, Nicholson 32, 35 & 36, and Cal 40 as well as GRP versions of pre-1971 traditional wooden production boats, Folkboat & Twister. See the Notice of Race for full details.

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