Help needed for historic racing yacht

VOLUNTEER carpenters and boatbuilders are needed to help complete a project to restore one of the country's oldest racing yachts.Enthusiasts set up a trust in 2008 to restore the historic racing yacht Leila.

VOLUNTEER carpenters and boatbuilders are needed to help complete a project to restore one of the country's oldest racing yachts.

Enthusiasts set up a trust in 2008 to restore the historic racing yacht Leila. Now after more than 18 months of hard work, it is hoped that local woodworkers will be able to help get her back in the water.

The yacht is being restored at a boatyard in Southwold after she spent 12 years wasting away in Great Yarmouth harbour, where fresh water was rotting her frames, planks and stanchions.

Most of the vessel has now been restored, but the project needs some extra help to make the final push towards being able to sail later this year.

Leila Sailing Trust project co-ordinator and local sailor David Beavan said that after spending nearly �90,000 already, including a �50,000 heritage lottery grant, he hopes that local volunteers will help get the deck finished in time for the yacht to appear at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival in September.

Anyone who can help with the project should call David Beavan on 01502 724904. For details about the trust, visit www.leila2c.org