Holmes of the Humber explained


Holmes of the Humber new colour

[June 2011 – This book is now available again after selling out less than a year after publication.]

Holmes of the Humber is a new book by long-standing Humber Yawl Club member Tony Watts. But just who was the book’s subject, George Holmes? The publisher’s notes tell the story so well, I repeat them here just as they appear on the fly-leaf:

George Holmes lived from 1861 to 1940 on the northern side of the Humber estuary. He was an avid and accomplished sailor in small craft of his own design, in British waters and in mainland Europe, and his prolific writing and drawing have left us an absorbing and charming record of his cruises, his boats, and the people and places he encountered.

‘In common with his friend and sailing companion Albert Strange, boats were not his regular occupation but were a diversion from his working life. And along with Strange, his name is forever associated with the development of the Canoe-Yawl, now enjoying a renewed popularity. Its sailing qualities make it arguably the best choice of craft for the single- or short-handed coastal and estuary sailor.

‘Holmes of the Humber is a nautical book and a social document. Look within to appreciate the pioneering days of cruising under sail, when enjoyment and fulfilment sprang from personal endeavour and the camaraderie of the group, and were largely independent of the external forces which would control us today.

‘Tony Watts has combined original sources, Holmes’ published output and the recollections of his family, and his own knowledge and experience of the Humber sailing scene to produce this, The Essential George Holmes.’

For more information and sample pages from the Lodestar Books webpages, click here: Holmes of the Humber.

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Ierne on the BBC

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Ierne on the water – image from the Classic Sailing Club weblog

There was a big treat for Fife yacht fans on TV on Sunday evening – recent film footage of the fabulous Ierne flying along the Humber Estuary.

If you missed it and are in the UK you will be able to catch it on the BBC iPlayer for the next few days.

It turned up on the Griff Rhys Jones series Rivers,  in which our hero visits various interesting and often beautiful locations and attempts something dangerous, cold and painful, such as wild swimming in the Tay, swimming across the Mersey or canyoning down Scottish mountain streams. I can live without all the nonsense in this series, but the photography is superb and the the Ierne moment at the end of the second episode is the best thing so far. Get on to the iPlayer now and make sure you don’t miss it, I say!

For more on Ierne at intheboatshed.net, click here.

Fore more info including a weblog record of Ierne’s restoration, click here.

For mastmaker Collars’ announcenent that Ierne’s restoration won the Classic Boat Restoration of the Year Award, click here.

Finally, non-UK readers might like to search YouTube for some Ierne footage reported by Dale – see his comment in the link below.