The boats
Current boats
We had Carella until 1968 (at Portchester Sailing Club), but a growing family meant a larger boat was required, and my parents had a Hillyard built for them.
Carella was then renamed Nacy Kelly by the new owners (the Ludgates). They remained friends with us, and for several years we sailed in company with each other.
Interestingly, despite two or three changes in ownership, Nancy Kelly remained at Portchester Sailing Club right up until around 2005, when I believe she moved East somewhere, and I've not seen nor heard of her since.
First owner Dennis Coulson of Lymington. boat named Carella built 1967/8 £1500
Next George Ludgate
He had the misfortune of losing his previous boat. He had no money but his Aunt bought him Carella. He was so grateful he named the boat after her. She was doctor in Ireland.
The boat then came to Portchester sailing club with George.
The boat was then bought by George Clarke a chief fire officer in Portsmouth.
Still at PSC
Then bought by Andrew Turner .Director at Britax Wingard. Approx 2000
Unfortunately Andrew died in 2007
He changed the colour to green, made all the covers, bought new sails, rebuilt the engine and improved the interior.
Andrew sold it to me in 2003
I sold it to Mike Custance of Preston in about 2008. The boat was moved up to Preston Marina.
Current Condition

Very good condition following significant structural repairs during 2012, including new foredeck and new forward coach roof coaming. Keelbolts withdrawn 2yrs ago and found to be in sound condition. Currently undergoing a full season of TLC and not on the water.

Brief History

Following her commissioning in 1965 Nancy Kelly had 5 separate owners who all kept her at Portchester Yacht Club. She was cruised comprehensively in the Solent and the English Channel making several Channel crossings. She was maintained to a very high standard throughout this time . I bought her in 2008 and have sailed her in the river Wyre and Morecambe Bay area with one trip to the Isle of Man in 2013. She attracts a great deal of admiration where ever she moors. I must be soft in the head the amount of time I give her but then I was a professional wooden boat builder for 20 yrs and she is my passion.

Notable dates eg. name/ rig change

Name change 1968 Engine VolvoMD7A 1983