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.
Leona and Sea Harmony – click on the thumbnails for bigger photos
Two very special Albert Strange yachts are advertised for sale over at the Albert Strange Association website – Sea Harmony, a 1936-built 33ft version of Strange’s 1917 Venture design, and 24ft canoe yawl Leona, built in 1906 to Strange design number 63.
Perhaps the prettiest yacht I ever seen photographed, Sea Harmony is in New England, while I believe Leona is still in her home area of the Humber, where it would be nice to think she will stay.
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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