ASA Newsletter February 2017
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February 2017
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Newsletter of The Albert Strange Association
Albert Strange Association February Newsletter

Hi <<First Name>>,


What’s it like where you are?  You in the southern hemisphere could be out sailing in bright summer weather -- wouldn’t make me feel bad.  Here in NE USA we expect a January thaw around this time but this January we have had one every week, sometimes for the whole week making for an early mud season (mud happens when frozen earth thaws).  What will February bring?  What else did January bring beside dreams of summer sailing?

Whoa!!  I was out in the yard talking to a visitor about the weather when here came a all from Pat Kellis, our man in Oregon who has been tending Tally Ho for us, built the cover frame and covered her against the winter rains (10 inches rain in the previous day).  Talk about mud season, but what he called to talk about was Tally Ho and the new manager of the Port of Brookings who wanted all “dead wood” out of his yard by February 13.  With a letter describing Tally Ho’s importance and his own arguments, Pat attended a subsequent Port Commission meeting where we were given a new deadline, June 31, 2017.  The letter had to arrive over a holiday weekend here in the States so I sent letters two different ways and don’t know which actually got to the Commission meeting, but here is one of them:


Port Manager and Commissioners of the Port of Brookings


Dear Sirs,


The boat stored under cover in your facility, known to us by the name TALLY HO, is registered as a historic vessel with the British National Historic Ships.  She was designed by Albert Strange, one of the foremost yacht designers in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  She was designed for a fishing fleet owner as a cruising yacht from which he could fish offshore and built in 1910 at one of England’s leading yards.  She won the 1927 Fastnet Race, one of the earliest ocean races, after the Bermuda Race.  Thereafter she cruised out of England, including at least two Atlantic circuits, until bought by a New Zealander and brought into the Pacific.  By 1980 she was fishing out of Brookings, Oregon, until abandoned in your port in the 1990s.  


The Albert Strange Association (ASA) is a world wide group of people interested in the work of Albert Strange.  Knowing TALLY HO was in Brookings we have worked toward her preservation since the mid 90s, finally forming the limited company Fastnet 1927 Limited, wholly owned by the ASA, to take ownership and seek a buyer for her restoration.  We hired Jeff Rutherford, yacht restoration specialist out of Richmond, California to evaluate her condition and he considered much of her timber sound, her shape solidly preserved, and fit candidate for restoration.


We have her listed with leading classic yacht broker Sandeman Yacht Company as a restoration project.  We recognize that finding the right party for this project is not to be expected quickly.  There have been a number of inquiries to date and we remain confident of success.


The Association itself does not have the level of funds required to bring the vessel ‘home’ nor indeed to pay truly commercial storage rates. We are however very actively trying to resolve the situation of her future preservation, be it in the UK or the USA.


To this end we would deeply appreciate a continuation of our present arrangement with the Port, or something similar for a further period of time. 


Very Sincerely,



You all know we own Tally Ho and have her listed with Sandeman Yacht Company as a Project?  Are you aware of her history?  Won the third Fastnet Race, family cruiser, Pacific deep sea fisherman out of Brookings, Oregon.  Alfred Loomis who sailed in the only other finisher of the 1927 Fastnet wrote “…Tally Ho, working toward the Lizard under reefed main and spitfire jib. High though the seas rose, she seemed as steady as a church, and we watched her in silent admiration. Here indeed was a competitor.”  The ASA website ( has more on Tally Ho and Vol. 1 of the collected ASA Yearbooks (available through the above website) has much more of her story.  

Well, that’s the big news and something has to happen in the next five months, move or cut up.  We are working on plans to finance a move, possibly to England where it all began and where interest is strongest, but this is complicated.  You will hear more on this.  Also creative suggestions welcome!


Other news?  There is a copy of the Clay/Miller book, ALBERT STRANGE ON YACHT DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND CRUISING for sale on Ebay for a reasonable price:  We do intend to have that book reprinted too, but right now it is out of print so here’s a chance to get it if you haven’t already.


Again, the Annual General Meeting is just a month away and membership payments are due.  


Happy Winter Dreams,

Thad Danielson

ASA Hon Sec

ASA Member Jamie Snodgrass recalls a memorable day
The Old Gaffers Race, Sydney. October 2013

Although a Gaffers race day run by Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, an absolutely delightful club with great company & keen racing across all classes of boats including classics, the day is open to plenty of bermudan boats provided they fit in with the classic fleet.

That day was wild, 20-25kn in the morning and by the 11am start the jockeying prior was dicey indeed as the wind just got stronger. Some reefed too late & paid the penalty of unmanageability & there was one dismasting of a Couta Boat by the time the breeze was gusting into the mid 30kn.

I was out in Nua the 19’ dory reaching under reefed main, & but with an inexperienced crew wondering what to do when we came up to the mark for a beat.  I retired after the reach leg which took us closest to our launch ramp some 2 miles from the start. Ha, glad I did.

Glad  because with all sail down she barely answered the helm under power when broadside to the wind, though fortunately she did respond & we managed to dock safely. The Wooden Boat Association president was in a 12’ Beettle Cat & was virtually blown home to the same ramp under bare pole & totally swamped…just as well October is well into spring & the water was quite bearable & the day fiercely sunny though not too hot.

Our Westerlies blow straight off the centre of NSW, are always strong, sometimes fiercly so, always dry as a bone, freezing in winter & baking in summer. They are absolutely the firefighters nightmare & associated with a lot of bushfires.

This day picked up to 40km but a lot of vessels completed the course including a redoubtable Oughtred Eun Na Mara  which bobbed along uperterbed under jib & mizzen making probably as good a time as she’d ever done.

Here’s the link…9 minutes of Sydney Harbour at it’s best


I'm sure I remembered to send my £10 subs by Pay-Pal

A brief but concise biography of Albert Strange has been submitted to the Dictionary Of National Biography as the first step in a campaign to get a Blue Plaque mounted on the wall of 29 Westbourne Grove, Scarborough where Albert Strange lived prior to his death in 1917. We have the support of The Scarborough Civic Society and the owner of the property writes...

Hi John,

We would be delighted to accommodate your request to have a plaque on the wall of 29 Westbourne Grove. It would be a privilege to honour the memory of such a distinguished person as Albert Strange, thank you for bringing this interesting info to our attention, please keep us informed of the plaque and erection details.

Andrew Walters

IBTC Lowestoft, and oneself.
Last year ASA Committee member and retired dentist Tim Fenner  took a bold step...

Picture the scene; it was the worst of times and whilst walking past the kitchen on a lovely summer evening I heard through the open window Radio 4’s program “Pick of the Week” a story of a dentist that sold up and went to Lowestoft to learn boat building. A few months later I arrived late in Lowestoft for an assessment  at the IBTC. In real terms it was just a dream so i carried on with the day job for another twenty two years, and then I went over the wire, “holidayed” for a year and then sat down for a bit. I realised I was not yet done and revisited the International Boatbuilding Training Collage in Lowestoft and arranged to start the 47 week course in January 2016.

Accommodation isn't a problem and I am in digs with Jill who has accommodated IBTC students in a very nice house for many years, but others are happy with a room in shared houses again exclusive to the collage.

The course consists of about three months in the joinery workshop before they let you loose on the various boats in the yard. I have had no formal woodworking training, but have built a few amateur type dinghy in my garage over the years.The sole staff member in joinery is Ian, 76 years young who is very capable of getting every body regardless of previous experience to complete a number of exercises that provides students with the competence to work at the level required in IBTC’s yard. Some will wiz through joinery others will get there in time Just do what Ian says. 

And so to the yard where over the remainder of your 47 weeks a student is exposed to a series of tasks related to wooden boat building maintenance and repair. My first job was “snagging” an Essex One Design dinghy which was near to completion after the replacement of some planks. This is where I learned to “rove” with copper nails and roves to hold planks together. We produced some amusing results bending the soft copper nails through 180 degrees some of the time! Then it got serious with a request to make a deck hatch and coaming. With no Ian around to tell me what to do I was on the back foot but seeing my pale blank look the Staff member in charge suggested I first draw a “rod”, which I got wrong, realised my mistake and eventually did the job well showing the dove tails to advantage and providing a sound hatch! The months in joinery paid off!

Other tasks include carvel (smooth) planking, clinker planking , steaming timbers (great fun), fitting out dinghy (and cabins), making oars and lofting. Of all the techniques I have experienced clinker planking takes the biscuit! Absolutely fascinating and for me I believe it has clicked after about half a dozen planks, some of which were promoted to fire wood, but some remain!

There have been times when I was at the limit of my ability really having to push myself to achieve the required standard, other times in emotional pain having compromised a nice piece of work with a silly mistake, and since I am now in my sixties it seems every joint and some muscles are complaining, yet I have found great satisfaction in a year at the International Boatbuilding Training Collage, Lowestoft!

Tim Fenner
AGM Weekend Scarborough 3rd 4th 5th March
2017 is the centenary of the death of Albert Strange and the Scarborough members ( The Friends Of Albert Strange) are working hard to make this an AGM weekend to remember. If you have often thought you might like to try an AGM weekend but never got around to it this is the one to be at!
Those who arrive on Friday night can join us in the Lord Roseberry, a splendid building designed by one of Albert's contemporaries, Frank Tugwell. The Lord Rosebery was originally the Scarborough Liberal Club where Albert was a paid up member. Bar meals and real ale are available.
Saturday morning provides an opportunity to visit the town library and see the exhibition entitled Three Men And Their Boats kindly  provided by the Humber Yawl Club. This exhibition was first shown in Beverley in August 2015.
Scarborough Art Gallery will be home to "The Friends Of Albert Strange" exhibition.
And time for a stroll down Eastborough to the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.
The AGM will take place after lunch in Woodend, which was the summer residence of the Sitwell Family, it is now Scarborough's Creative Industry Centre.
Nick Taylor the town's economic development officer and ex-comodore of Scarborough Yacht Club will give an illustrated talk "Albert Strange- His Legacy"
In the evening we will meet nearby at The Courtyard for dinner.
Sunday Morning 11am Scarborough Yacht Club will open their doors to ASA members for coffee and a chance to see their Albert Strange half models, painting and splendid photograph. There will also be a chance to climb the lighthouse and enjoy the view.
The Friends Of Albert Strange have produced a map of Scarborough identifying significant places in Albert's life. There will also be a full timetable of the weekend's events which mainly take place in the central area of the town near the Crescent.
Scarborough Art Gallery have given us the opportunity for a Private View. see invite below. This will probably not be of much interest to members already booked to come for the AGM weekend but the Scarborough Members have decide to take the opportunity to help to encourage greater awareness of Albert Strange amongst Scarborough inhabitants.
Albert Strange's Great Granddaughter Wendy Bowers has kindly agreed to open the exhibition. She will be accompanied by her sister Kate Fozard and other family members.
If you have enjoyed reading this Newsletter please let us know and better still send us a piece about your sailing experiences to share with us. If you can add a few photographs or drawings so much the better. We are looking forward to hearing from you so we can keep our content vibrant.
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