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


Sir Alec Rose’s famous round-the-world yacht Lively Lady will be sailing in this year’s Hamble Classics Regatta on 15 – 16 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 her homecoming to Portsmouth in 1968 on 8 July this year, 50 years after thousands gathered to welcome her home and Sir Alec, soon after to be 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.