(every owner has called Nelly, she is that endearing) has an
interesting life, started life as a job for Mr. Justice Hutchins of
Hobart, Tasmania in 1938. The builder was F. Hickman, who had a
building yard in Moonah, Hobart, As I understand there was some
monetary and legal problems with the timber collected for the
construction, she is built of two layers (diagonal) of 3/4" of Huon
Pine, hull and deck, that means that all her timber had to be full
length planks, a big undertaking even for those days. The end result
is that Mr. Hutchins got out of the project and Mr. Hickman was left
with an unfinished project, which he took over and finished in
after the war, it was hard to get materials and manpower. The keel
was cast from 5
tons of lead surplus after the war."
"After the war
she was raced hard and often by keen Tassie lads with more
enthusiasm that resources. I have met some of her former crews of
those earlier years and all tell stories of mad dashes across the
Tasman in crazy weather with a minimum of gear or support."
collecting as much information as I can in order to put together a
history of a remarkable yacht and its people. It is very nice
to stop somewhere only to have people coming along and tell me
stories of Nell Gwynn."
"I have large gaps in the 70 and
80's when she was in Sydney, I know she did the 50th anniversary of
the Sydney to Hobart race with J Carny of Brisbane as owner. She
now lives in Mooloolaba, in semiretirement..."