The re­turn of Lively Lady

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Sir Alec Rose’s iconic ketch Lively Lady is back to her former glory and sail­ing again af­ter a 10-month restora­tion project.

A team of eight vol­un­teers from the char­ity Around and Around, led by project leader Alan Priddy, spent 4,000 man hours painstak­ingly work­ing on the 36-foot ketch at the Hayling Yacht Com­pany. When the project started in Oc­to­ber 2017, Lively Lady was lit­tle more than a hull af­ter a stalled pre­vi­ous restora­tion at­tempt.

Speak­ing to PBO, Priddy said they were quoted £250,000 by two boat re­stor­ers for the work. In­stead, he turned to a group of Around and Around vol­un­teers who have com­pleted the restora­tion for just £15,000.

“To ev­ery­one who helped – the vol­un­teers, the ma­rine in­dus­try and sup­port­ers – from the bot­tom of my heart I thank you as without you it wouldn’t have hap­pened,” said Priddy.

“Alec was the peo­ple’s hero: 250,000 peo­ple were there when he come home. He showed that sail­ing is for ev­ery­one. Alec said: ‘If you be­lieve you can, you can’. All of the vol­un­teers be­lieved in Sir Alec’s le­gacy, and they have done it as much for Sir Alec as the boat,” he added.

Lively Lady now has a new deck, wheel­house and electrics. The 36ft ketch has also been painted in her orig­i­nal strik­ing green-turquoise colour, known as Lively Lady Green, which graced her hull when Sir Alec sailed her out of Portsmouth to sail around the world 51 years ago.

Priddy was among the 250,000 strong-crowd that turned out to wit­ness Sir Alec’s tri­umphant re­turn to Portsmouth on 4 July 1968.

“I was 15 when I met him and he told me ‘If you be­lieve, you can sail, go for it’ – and I did,” re­called Priddy, who went on to be­come an off­shore sailor and record holder.

The peo­ple’s boat

Lively Lady was gifted to the peo­ple of Portsmouth by Sir Alec be­fore the Around and Around char­ity be­come cus­to­dian of the yacht. Be­tween 2006-2008, Priddy recre­ated Sir Alec’s voy­age with crews of dis­ad­van­taged young­sters from the city, and he’d like to see this tra­di­tion con­tin­ued.

“We cre­ated a le­gacy with the ini­tial round the world voy­age in 1998, and those who took part are cer­tainly more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing it again so it would be nice to keep this go­ing and to see her go around the world again,” he said.

Cur­rently berthed at Port So­lent, Lively Lady will be ap­pear­ing at the Southamp­ton Boat Show along­side Sir Robin Knox-John­ston’s Suhaili, and the Ham­ble Clas­sics in Septem­ber. To go on board at Port So­lent con­tact Around and Around at live­ly­lady.org

Lively Lady has been re­painted in her orig­i­nal green­turquoise colour

Sir Alec Rose later gifted Lively Lady to the peo­ple of Portsmouth

Vol­un­teers spent 4,000 man hours restor­ing Lively Lady

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