The Albert Strange Association’s meet this year was a little depleted in boat numbers, as two Albert Strange boats that had been expected weren’t able to make it on the day – one because it was wind-bound.
But the consolation was that after a generally variable summer the Strangers and their friends who were there enjoyed some classic August sunshine and peaceful weather.
I’d just like to say the Strangers made my pal Richard and I very welcome (we had a glorious sail over from North Kent for the event and greatly enjoyed the sail up to Rowhedge) and it was lovely to be able to celebrate the 90th birthdays of Jamie and Tessa Clay’s Firefly and Russell Read and Dick Wynne’s co-owned Charm on the rafted-up decks of Firefly and Galatea.
It was fascinating also to be able to take a long look at Fabian Bush’s cold-moulded sometimes-gaffer, sometimes Bermudan-rigged Hanser, a lean and fast lifting keel yacht that embodied some interesting ideas when it was built in the 1970s and has had quite a few new ones added (and I guess a few removed) since that time.
The Strangers are descending on Pyefleet this weekend, and they’ve put out a pretty wide-ranging invitation: just show up in something interesting – it doesn’t have to be a Strange boat – from HW (around 12.30) on Friday.
I’m hoping to be there, winds and tides permitting (and the weather does look good!). From experience, I can say the boats will be wonderful (including the splendid cutter Hardy), the organisation will be helpful and friendly, there will be a little sailing to do if you want to, and there will be a bring-and-share supper.
I gather there is to be an organised outing to look at the restored smack Pioneer.
You don’t have to be an ASA member to join them – but they do ask that you let them know you’re coming using the contact link on this ASA weblog post.
Holmes of the Humber – a new book about George Holmes
Dick Wynne of the Albert Strange Association has been in touch to say that a new book on artist, writer, sailor and boat designer George Holmes written by Tony Watts is about to burst onto the scene on the 1st December.
That’s good timing I’d say – and I’d guess this first book from the Lodestar Books imprint will be a popular item on many people’s Christmas shopping list this year.
I’ve been promised a chance to see the book in advance – so expect to hear more about Holmes of the Humber here in the next few weeks.
Click here for more information and sample pages from the Lodestar Books webpages: Holmes of the Humber.
PS – Check the Albert Strange Association website for what looks like the beginning of a heart-warming story about a boat the may have been designed by McLean Gibson.
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