The Mission to save Yally Ho
...Tally Ho, working toward the Lizard under reefed main and spitfire jib. High though the seas rose, she seemed as steady as a church, and we watched her in silent admiration. Here indeed was a competitor...
Alf Loomis, La Goleta, Fastnet 1927
The Urgency - An Historic Yacht In Peril
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 2017.
To get Tally Ho out of the Brookings Harbor to a place of safety, ideally back to her home in the UK. If we cannot achieve that in time, then we must fall back either to a move from USA west coast to east coast, or as the absolute minimum to a safe place on or near the west coast.
We must comment that Brookings Harbor have tried very hard to accommodate Tally Ho whilst we tried to find a buyer, but they are a business and have their own concerns.
Our Ultimate Aim
To get Tally Ho back to life, back into the water and if at all possible to do that by the centenary of the RORC Fastnet Race.