Summertime – Rosie Lees

Rosie Lees & Summertime

Where it all started

Final Push / Prep

Launch Day

photos ex Lees Family
How today being Christmas Eve I really wanted a nice, feel good post today – when the details & photos of this one started to hit my email inbox, it went straight to a file tagged 24/12/14 🙂

If you follow ww you will know that Greg Lees is a very talented boat builder & runs one of the best classic friendly boat yards in NZ, what most of you would not have known is that Rosie his 20 year old daughter is also very talented. Todays post is proof of just how talented.

In October 2013 Rosie started building a Pelin Ventura, named ‘Summertime’ – now the build timeline got a little stretched out with things like work (Blenheim) getting in the way. However a 6 week period between Sept & Nov 2014 provided the ideal window to finish ‘Summertime’ off & she was splashed in early December 2014. You can see from the above photos that the boat looked beautiful and I’m told went better than expected i.e. 45mph with ease & Rosie was thrilled.  Now this lady does not muck around,  Saturday night Summertime was wrapped in shrink wrap and Sunday morning Greg and co. towed it down to Wellington in time for the ferry to Blenheim. Seems Rosie has a Regatta to attend. By the standard of the artistry, both the boat & Rosie the builder, should scoop a few awards.

Now this is quite an achievement for a 20 year old, seems to me that the Lees gene pool is mighty strong 🙂

05/03/2015 – Rosie & Summertime In the news (Marlborough Express)

9 thoughts on “Summertime – Rosie Lees

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  2. My parents had one of these when I was a kid, although I think it was a puch for a family of 4 and we went to a Sea Nymph V146 (pelin hull as well, mind you)


  3. What a fantastic example of the Ventura! I’ve not seen a whole lot of these ones about, even though I spot many Empress or Nomad. I can only hope to have my own looking half as good, when I get around to finishing her.


  4. Super story for the end of the year and Rosie has a boat to be proud of.
    Happy New Year everybody……must finish a Pelin Nomad I cut out the frames for a few years ago!


  5. ****!!!!! MAGIC !!!!!****
    What a wonderfull expression of yourself Rosie.
    The choice of design, the beauty of the woodworking. There’s no tolerance for error with a finish like this.
    I hope you enjoy her and relish the attention she shall bring, that’s deservably yours.
    We look forward to seeing Summertime in the real. Do enjoy the journey that leads you to your next build.
    Alan, I like the way you conveyed this Glory Day with Rosie and Summertime, hope you don’t mind – we are going to take the images and put them up in our little gallery in the boat yard.
    Pam and George.


  6. What a talented young lady Rosie is & what a beautiful little boat she has created, so superbly finished.
    Congratulations Rosie, brilliantly done.
    (edited AH)


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