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
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.
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 (www.albertstrange.org) has more on Tally Ho and Vol. 1 of the collected ASA Yearbooks (available through the above website) has much more of her story.