A very special boat on display this year
Camper & Nicholson’s of Gosport built this boat in 1930 and delivered her to Sir Thomas Lipton with the J Class Racing Yacht Shamrock V. Gelcye was later purchased by Sir Thomas Sopwith, who also built the America’s Cup challenger Endeavor.
This 50ft example of the Gelyce Class (official no 160934) is the only one of the class used as a J Class Yacht Tender. The name Gelyce is made up of the Nicholson brother’s wives names – Gertie, Lucy & Constance. Her engine is a mid-1960s Rolls-Royce, producing 175hp, which theoretically gives her the capability of 28 knots at sea.