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Sir Alec Rose's Lively Lady prepares for world trip
Lively Lady
A day after his home-coming in 1968, Alec Rose received a knighthood

Sir Alec Rose's famous pale blue yacht, Lively Lady is about to start a fresh chapter in her long 62-year career.

The 11m (36ft) wooden yacht made sailing history in 1968, when Southsea greengrocer Alec Rose completed his single handed trip around the world.

The yacht is run by a sail training charity which offers young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, a chance to turn their lives around.

The young team is currently preparing the yacht for another world voyage.

Sir Alec Rose, received a hero's welcome when he sailed into Southsea in 1968

World trip

Set up by British ocean adventurer Alan Priddy, the Around and Around project hopes to inspire a new generation of young sea farers.

The charity has a 25-year lease on the legendary pale blue ketch.

Mr Priddy said: "It's run by young people, they want to get her ready, they want to sail her around the world again."

The youngsters taking part are all between the ages of 12 and 18 and live along the Solent coastline.

A two-year refit on the yacht is planned ahead of another global circumnavigation in just over three years time.

Live Lady Project
The 59 year-old greengrocer from Southsea has inspired many

The yacht will return in 2018 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Alec Rose's home-coming and the charity's tenth.

When the 59 year-old greengrocer from Southsea set off on his epic single handed 354-day round-the-world trip he captured the public's imagination.

National hero

By the time he'd reached Australia he had become a national hero, Alan Priddy said the yachtsman was not aware of his fame at the time.

"He had no idea what was building up behind him, he certainly didn't have any idea of the impending knighthood. He did it because he hadn't seen his grandchildren in Australia."

Alec Rose reflected on his exploits in a BBC South Today interview in 1982.

He said: "Sometimes I think to myself what a fool I was to have attempted it even."

A day after his home-coming Alec Rose received a knighthood. He was also given the Freedom of Portsmouth in 1968 and made Freeman of the City of London in 1969.

He died on 11 January 1991 aged 82.

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