Historic moment for Lively Lady as she returns to Portsmouth

The Lively Lady returns to Portsmouth
The Lively Lady returns to Portsmouth

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  • Vessel has returned to dockyard for refit
  • First sailed by greengrocer Sir Alec Rose back in 1968
  • Aim is to refurbish her so she can return to sea for a round-the-world voyage
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SHE’S an historic and iconic boat which has circumnavigated the globe but now Lively Lady is preparing to undergo a major refurbishment.

She was sailed back into the historic dockyard in Portsmouth yesterday lunchtime by ocean racing legend Alan Priddy.

It’s an historic moment - Lively Lady is back home where she is going to undergo a full rebuild so she can sail around the world again

Alan Priddy

Between 2006 to 2008 Alan, founder of the Around and Around charity, circumnavigated the globe aboard yacht Lively Lady.

He is underwriting the extensive refurbishment programme which is taking place at the International Boatbuilding Training College based in Portsmouth’s historic dockyard.

Alan said: ‘It’s an historic moment – Lively Lady is back home where she is going to undergo a full rebuild so she can sail around the world again.

‘She’s 67-years-old and she’s been twice around the world and needs a bit of love and attention.’

Apprentices at the college will be working on rebuilding the ship so she is in a good condition to sail again.

The 36ft-long yacht was made famous when Southsea greengrocer Sir Alec Rose completed his single-handed trip around the world in 1968.

In 2009 Lively Lady was leased by Portsmouth City Council to Around and Around for 25 years so the charity could maintain the vessel and use her for training.

Alan added: ‘Lively Lady and Sir Alec Rose really were my mentors as a fresh faced young cheeky chappy.

‘When I was 13 I met him and I asked him how he sailed around and his reply to me was “if you believe you can, you can”.

‘I’ve taken that ethos all the way through my life.

‘That’s what we instilled in the charity. It’s about the youngsters finding themselves and finding their niche in life.’

In 2011 the charity announced that they would raise funds for a major refit programme and to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic voyage, they would retrace Sir Alec’s footsteps and once again sail around the world.

Jim Brooke-Jones is the yard manager for the college. He said: ‘She is such an iconic vessel for Portsmouth and for the people of Portsmouth.

‘Sir Alec Rose was such an iconic guy. He had a dream and he made it happen.

‘We are immensely proud to have her and we are going to do our best for her.’