C Class – Small Working Boat

Designed by: Dan Hatcher
Built in: 1961
Built By: Mike Parsons
Hull material: Larch on elm. Sealed with epoxy resin in 2004.
Owner/Skipper: Adam Bird
Former owners (if any): Mike Parsons
Former names of Leila (if any): NA
Sail number: 21
Hull colour(s): White
Topsail colours(s): Red
Length (ft) : 23ft 3in


Leila was built by Mike Parsons in the back garden of his home at Mylor following the loss of his previous boat “Thelma” in an easterly storm on Christmas Eve 1960. She was used for oyster fishing from November 1961 to March 2003. In the summer months between 1968-72 she was used for crabbing, lobsters, trawling & mackerel fishing. During the summer months, from approx 1965, she has been part of the working boat racing fleet. In 2003 she retired from the oyster fishing fleet and is now used solely for racing.


A short film about Leila: