Summer is here! Fair breezes and good sailing. I was down to Sea Harmony on a perfect sailing day the other day, varnishing her rails and lashing her lazy jacks to her topping lifts. Hopefully next time we will sail before applying more varnish – more is needed, but the start looked good.
A few weeks ago an Albert Strange watercolor came up on Ebay, first for many years. Miraculously (probably for lack of boats) no one else bid and I actually got it. Here’s a photo of the painting called “Crinan Estuary”, given as a wedding present in 1908, presumably by AS himself – not previously known to the ASA.
That's my own Strange news, but there is more...
ASA FLOATING MEET 2016
Every year the modest concentration of Albert Strange craft on England’s East Coast gets together for a weekend on the water, and this year, as most years, it’s the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August, and the venue is the secluded Hamford Water, at the heart of the Walton Backwaters in Essex. Whether or not your boat is an Albert Strange, we offer you a warm welcome to raft up with us and participate in our usual ‘bring and share’ dining arrangements — although we may dine ashore on the Saturday evening. And if you have no boat at all but would like to share in our enjoyment of these classic craft, get in touch and we can pick you up from nearby Titchmarsh Marina on Saturday morning and drop you back there after a day on the water with us. If coming by boat you’ll need the following Walton tide information for the period Friday through Monday.
If you plan to come along, please reply to this email and we'll put you in touch with the Meet organiser, Charm's skipper Robert Westling.
AS GREETING CARDS
You'll recall from last time that we were working on a set of greeting cards featuring Albert Strange's art. Pictured above is John Hobson at our Northern Powerhouse in Scarborough, sorting and packing them. As soon as we've worked out the pricing / postage details for the UK and overseas we'll make them available to order on our website, in packs of 12.
If you are in the UK and would be able to help us by holding a stock of cards and posting them out in response to our online orders (we don't expect an inundation...) please let us know.
TALLY HO LATEST
We hear from Brookings Harbor in Oregon that they are 'between harbormasters', but they have assured us that Tally Ho's tenancy ashore in their yard is under no threat, which is a source of much relief as we continue to seek the person who, if they but knew it, will see her once more afloat under that cloud of sail, and in good time for her Fastnet Centenary in 2027 — if not sooner! If you know someone who might be able to take her on, feel free to direct them to her website.
'MODEL YACHTSMAN & CANOEIST' NEWS
Dick Wynne writes: Some of you may have notice a discreet link on our website through which you can order, on two CDs, the complete 2000-page run of this late Victorian journal, edited for a while by our own George Holmes. Last weekend I had my Lodestar Books stall at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival, at Henley, where another stallholder was Chris Grove of Grove Pond Yachts. He had on show a ten-tonner he built for a client to plans found on the CDs he purchased a while back. She is about 1m on deck, plus that huge bowsprit. Chris found she would not sail as designed, being hugely over-canvassed and needing the bowsprit shortening to the length you see above. Her ballast keel also needed lowering, a work in progress as you can see. She is fitted with radio control, although Chris prefers his pond yachts to be 'free sailed', or with an exquisite wind-vane steering gear of his own devising. You can learn more on his website here. The client for the ten-tonner build has also commissioned the full-size version from Spirit Yachts in the UK. The mind boggles.
'THE CANOE YAWL' LATEST
Rick Powell's book, charting the story of this most enduring and endearing boat type, is now in from the printer's and will be published on Friday 5 August. It'll be orderable from the Lodestar website next weekend (30 July or thereabouts).
Thad Danielson, ASA Honorary Secretary
Always looking to hear from you on your Strange doings!
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