Chance to have a rare look at patchwork boat

The Olympic boat
The Olympic boat
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IT WAS built from more than 1,000 pieces of wood including pencils, pianos and even a bit of the Mary Rose.

Now this unusual yacht is coming out of the water for people to get a rare look at what holds it together.

The 30ft vessel will be on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on Sunday.

And members of the Olympic project behind the boat will be on hand to point out the bits of Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix’s guitar which make up the ‘patchwork’ yacht.

Catherine Baxendale, the project manager for the maiden voyage of the boat, said: ‘We’re exhibiting the boat out of the water which means people can walk all the way around her, which is quite unique.

‘It’s a nice opportunity.

‘People who know the project very well will be there to talk to the public.

‘There will be a book with all the stories of the wooden pieces in which people can see.

‘If they see a story that particularly captures their imagination they can work out where the wood is in the boat.’

Volunteers and team members who helped build the boat will be there on the day to talk to people about the project.

The boat has an accompanying book which details all the pieces of wood included in its construction and exactly where they are located.

And each piece of wood has a story behind it.

Later this year the yacht will make its voyage to Weymouth for the 2012 Olympics sailing events.

It will stop at several ports along the way, including Portsmouth.

The submarine museum’s event manager, Bill Sainsbury, said: ‘We are really excited to be hosting a special preview of this unique boat.

‘Visitors to the Submarine Museum will be able to get up close and see it out of water.’

The preview of the boat is free to all visitors to the museum, in Haslar Road, Gosport. You can see the boat from 10am until 4.30pm.

For more information visit or call (023) 9251 0354 ext 240.