Here is ‘Velella’, she used to be called ‘Cornish Lady’ and before that in 1990 she was called ‘Puffin’.
You’ll see why we called her Velella later on.
She is sail number 154 on the KYOA website fleet number list.
Velella is a 20ft Kingfisher K20 twin cast iron bilge keel family cruiser, built between 1959 and 1967. I will add a more accurate date when I get more information from the KYOA (Kingfisher Yacht Owners Association). KYOA can be found here:
So why name her Velella?
Well a few years ago after a storm I found a load of these little sea creatures on a place called Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire West Wales UK, I had spent yrs working at Sea, lived by the Sea all my life and never had come across these before, and they were stunning to look at!
This is what they look like, but most importantly they are commonly called ‘By the wind Sailors’!!
Well because we are going to paint our Kingfisher K20 blue and because it also is a ‘By The Wind Sailor’,
Velella it is!
Oh and I must add this bit so I don’t take the credit, it was my wife’s idea!
Actually she said call it ‘by the wind sailor’ to which I replied, ‘that’s too long to paint on her’, but the text book name might be o.k?
The following on posts will be of her restoration and then sailing her!