Peter Tricker and his wife sold Leila to the Carter-Jonas family in 1959. Diana Whayman of Ipswich wrote to us in June, 2009
"Together with my (late and) ex-husband we owned and lived on board Leila in Ipswich Docks until my husbands ill health forced us to sell up and live in a house!
We sold her to the Carter-Jonas family... I'm enclosing a photograph of her taken in Ipswich docks in 1956... We bought her full of mud after sliding off a camber edge and filling up - can't remember if she was on the Hamble or on the Isle of Wight at the time. My husband was Peter Tricker and was a professional yacht skipper working for Geoff Pattinson ... a fruit farmer from Essex who owned 'Jocasta' and sailed out of Cowes or West Mersea."
Diana dropped in a CD with some great pictures of the 1950's of them on Leila - and added that they both lost their jobs when storm bound in Ostend. Her son visited with his family in 2012, and w ehope to finally meet Diana at the launch party.
Donald from Ipswich visited us in March 2013 and told us about the trip back from the Solent. Peter was an ocean race skipper but fell overboard on the way back. They got him back but the engione had failed again, and the rig was in a poor state. He said they ended up "somewhere in France" on the way back to dock in Ipswich for a mooring by the Ransom factory where Peter worked as an engineer - he sounds quite a character. Donald still sails his Snapdraon in the Orwell.