Sea Harmony is out of the water for winter. She had a fine season watching all the comings and goings in Marblehead Harbour — unfortunately I wasn’t there with her very often on watch or showing all the others how it should be done, gaff, topsail and all. Charm has gone to Woodbridge to winter in Nirvana’s tent, keeping Mist and Leona company in deepest Suffolk. I’m sure Firefly and Galatea are comfortable up the Blackwater. We hunker down in the northern hemisphere while our southern compatriots enjoy their coming season at sea, we hope.
2017 ASA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
John Hobson and art historian Austen Sleightholme have been hard at work making arrangements for another fun AGM, this time in the longtime Strange home town, Scarborough, to mark the Centenary of Albert Strange's death. The dates are Friday March 3 to Sunday March 5. Make your plans now as you will see below. On the arrangements we have this from Mr Hobson:
Our preparations for the AGM are going well. Most of the activities will be located near the town centre around The Crescent and Vernon Road.
Austen Sleightholme is making progress on "The Friends Of Albert Strange Exhibition”to be held in the Art Gallery (above).
There will be a second smaller display in the library which was originally the Mechanics Institute where Strange first taught (above).
Later the School Of Art was established in the building that had been Dr Harland’s Baths. (see below) This building was destroyed by a bomb in WWII and is now the site of the Premier Inn where some of the attendees have already booked to stay. The Travel Lodge is just around the corner on St Nicholas Cliff, and the Palm Court Hotel is also a short stroll away.
The Crescent Hotel (above) is very central to our activities ...
... and the Crown Spa Hotel (above) is about 5 minutes walk away across the Spa Bridge.
On Friday night we will meet in the Lord Rosebery on Westborough (above). It is a magnificent building that originally housed the Liberal Club of which Strange was a paid up member and shareholder. The building was designed by Frank Tugwell, a well known Scarborough architect who would have certainly been an acquaintance of Strange.
The AGM itself will be held at Woodend (above) which was once the Summer residence of the Sitwell family. The proceedings will be punctuated, some might say relieved, by at talk: Albert Strange—His Legacy by local historian Nick Taylor.
CAN YOU HELP US?
We are trying to locate as many Albert Strange artworks as possible for our exhibition to coincide with the AGM. If you have one would you be prepared to loan it for that purpose? We will pay for transport and insurance. Please contact John Hobson — email@example.com — if you have something on your wall which others might appreciate seeing. If you can send him a photo, along with brief details, so much the better.
A CONVIVIAL EVENING
A dinner on the Saturday night (this time, 4th March) is always a highlight of our AGM gatherings, and this year John Hobson has booked us the upstairs dining room at at The Courtyard on Vernon Road, of which details can be found here.
NOTES ON ACCOMMODATION:
Our AGM coincides with Half Term for the North Yorkshire County Council schools, and this will put pressure on local hotels & guest houses. We strongly advise you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Here is a list of establishments handy for our activities which you may like to investigate. The Premier Inn, in particular, is inexpensive and (we believe) offers a no-cost cancellation facility up to one day in advance of arrival, should events confound your plans.
Premier Inn, Falconers Road Scarborough YO11 2EN 08715 279 292
On the site of the old School Of Art where Strange taught. 4 minutes walk to Art Gallery and Woodend.
The Crescent Hotel, The Crescent. Scarborough YO11 2PP 01723 507 507
Directly opposite the Art Gallery and Woodend.
The Palm Court Hotel, St Nicolas Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2ES 01723 368 161
4 minutes walk to Art Gallery and Woodend
We will circulate a full diary of events surrounding the AGM nearer the time but we wanted to be sure you had it in your diary!
In other news:
We have not yet found the buyer to restore the 1927 Fastnet winner, but we and classic yacht broker Barney Sandman are still on the hunt! Barney has had a couple of enquiries in the last few months but they have been dead ends, so far. Meanwhile Pat Kellis has been maintaining the cover coming into the Oregon rainy season. With storms sweeping off the Pacific Ocean this time every year the four-year-old cover has stood up splendidly. Recently at Barney’s request Pat took a set of photos, as complete as possible under her tent, so now there is a current visual record of her condition, which is remarkably good.
This Fall we received this email through the ASA website:
I was wondering if you could help me, I am the great grand daughter of Mark Spinks and live in the UK- he was part of the crew that won the '27 Fastnet race with Lord Stalbridge aboard Tally Ho. I am visiting Oregon in October and was going to try and visit the Tally Ho as this would mean a lot to my family here especially those that have followed her journey for years gone by. Is she still at Brookings harbour owned by yourselves and would I be able to just turn up and see her in October?
I would be very grateful for your help,
I put her in touch with Pat Kellis and Judy May Lopez, our people on the spot, and she did come, on October 24. Judy reported that they had a “delightful visit” with Katie talking about her family stories of Mark Spinks and Judy telling about Manuel, and the Brookings side of Tally Ho’s history. Pat called it a “great meeting” though his deafness left him out of the talk. Here is a picture of Katie with the old boat:
MORE ON THE AUGUST MEET AFLOAT
We still haven’t heard how dinner went at the meet, but Martin Hansen, our guest from the Harrison Butler Association, sent me this email:
I’ve put an album of photographs from my involvement in The Albert Strange Association Meet 2016 online at:
Photographers have been credited by each photograph.
With best wishes,
I hear from Jamie Clay that he has had contact with a person in Italy building a 'Wenda', hull complete. We wait for further information and pictures. The more the better!
HOLMES OF THE HUMBER
You might like to know that the book celebrating Strange's great friend George Holmes, by Humber Yawl Club archivist Tony Watts, is now back in print, and you can find details on Lodestar Books' website here or by clicking the image above.The new edition has a most thoughtful new Foreword by the Yorkshire poet, writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
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