C1789 Gisella 

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


History (updated by Graeme Mee in 2019)

Gary Edwards is a cabinet maker and carpenter with a keen interest in boats who salvaged and rebuilt C40 Sarah in 1985. He commissioned Ken Lacco to design “big 21 footer” for fishing out of Barwon Heads and built her in his shed at his home in 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 2000 and sailed at Sorrento in division 2 from 2000 to 2004.
• C1789 was purchased in 2004 by John Lessels and sailed at Paynesville.
• C1789 was then purchased in 2009 by Scott Botterill and sailed out of Patterson Lakes
• 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
• Colin Arcaro sold his share to Graeme Mee in 2019


• Original Volvo engine replaced early 2000’s with a Yanmar 2YM15
• Tabernacle mast modification 2009 by Timber Boat Works Paynesville for use at Patterson Lakes.
• Keel repairs and centre case replaced 2014 by Timber Boat Works Paynesville.
• Three bladed propeller replaced 2017 with Austral two bladed propeller
• Ballast increased from 500kg to 845kg 2017
• New sails by Doyle Sails Melbourne 2018

Race Record


San Pellegrino Cup          1st Line Honours Division 2

San Pellegrino Cup           1st Handicap Winner Division 2


Lacco Cup                            1st Handicap Winner Division 2

Portsea Cup                        1st Handicap Winner Division 2


Boat Measurement in Detail

C1789 Gisella
Hull LOA 21’ 1 ½ ”
FWD (Fwd mastface Fwd Stem) 6′ 5 ½ ”
AFT (Aft Mast  Aft Transom) 14’ 4”
BEAM 8’ 10 ½”
BOBSTAY to waterline 6”
Sails LP (Luff perpendicular) No. 1 – 12’ 7”
JIB No. 1 – 131.5 sq ft
MAIN AREA 250 sq ft
MAIN LUFF 13’ 9”
MAIN PEAK 14’ 4”
MAIN FOOT 15’ 10 ½ ”
Ballast Ballast Weight 845 kg Lead
Engine Yanmar 2YM15, KM2P-1 ratio 1:2.21 gearbox , Austral 14DR2YJ propeller
Compliant Yes