The Crisis is past

On the tenth of January 2017 the Albert Strange Association (ASA) received notice that "The new Port Manager wants all 'dead wood' out.", and that includes Tally Ho. By 13th February 2017.

Fortunately with huge help from our relatively local ASA member Pat Kellis and with appropriate letters from ASA about Tally Ho's historic significance, Brookings Harbor has extended the deadline for removal until June 2017 and also agreed to not apply the rather high storage charges they were proposing.

But that means Tally Ho must be relocated by that time or be destroyed.

Whilst Tally Ho has some significant American heritage as a fishing boat out of Brookings, her real heritage is as a classic British yacht, designed by an eminent British yacht designer, winner of a particularly difficult Fastnet Race. Whilst also we have a number of American enthusiasts for Albert Strange designs, it is also obvious that, as a rule, British heritage will inevitably be less significant to most Americans than America's own heritage. As indeed it should be.

For that reason, the ASA believes that, if we must move Tally Ho, then we should make every effort that we can to repatriate her to Britain, with a view to restoration to seaworthiness and with an eye on the Fastnet Race centenary in 2025, and the centenary of Tally Ho's original race in 2027.

Restoration is a significant though quite feasible task. Our ambition is that someone will take her on as a historic vessel project and get her restored to what she deserves to be. The Albert Strange Association and Fastnet 1927 Ltd are small, voluntary, non-profit organisations. We do not have the budget to do that. We are looking for the person who, or organisation that, can take on this task.

She can also again be a very beautiful and capable yacht.