C1789 Gisella 

Sail Number C1789
Location of Boat Sorrento
Owner’s Name Graeme Mee and Colin Arcaro
Built Year 1999
Builder Garry Edwards, Barwon Heads from Ken Lacco design



Gary Edwards is a cabinet maker and carpenter with a keen interest in boats. He built C1789 after having salvaged and rebuilt C40 Sarah in 1985. C1789 was designed by Ken Lacco to a brief for a “big 21 footer” to allow Gary to use her for fishing out of Barwon Heads. Constructed with Spotted Gum keel, stem and stern post, Kauri planking, Oregon deck beams and Queensland Beech decking. Named ‘Julia’ after Gary Edwards daughter.
• C1789 was purchased by Jamie Spencer in early 2000 and sailed at Sorrento.
• C1789 was then purchased in 2004 by John Lessels and sailed at Paynesville.
• C1789 was then purchased in 2014 by Andrew Somerville and sailed at Paynesville
• C1789 was then purchased by Graeme Mee and Colin Arcaro in 2017, renamed “Gisella”, refitted and relocated to SSCBC


• Original Volvo engine replaced mid 2000’s with a Yanmar 2YM15
• Tabernacle mast modification
• Centre case replaced 2014
• Three bladed propeller replaced 2017 with two bladed propeller

Race Record


Boat Measurement in Detail

C1789 Gisella
Hull LOA 21’2″
FWD (Fwd Mastface Fwd Stem) 6’5″
AFT (Aft Mast Aft Transom) 14’4″
BOBSTAY to waterline 6″
Sails LP (Luff perpendicular) 11’111/2″
JIB No 1 – 126sq ft
MAIN 254 Sq ft
Ballast Ballast Weight 800 lead
Engine Yanmar
 Yanmar 2YM15, KM2P-1 ratio 1:2.21 gearbox , Austral 14DR2YJ propeller
Compliant YES