This yacht’s flowing lines, strong sheer and elegant counter are typical of her designer Albert Strange.
In 1917 the Suffling Brothers HJ and NR of Great Yarmouth, asked Albert Strange to work up the design of a small cruising yawl. These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. Contact me if you wish to purchase a copy of Albert Strange on Yacht Design Construction and Cruising, by Jamie Clay and Mark Miller, published by the Albert Strange Association. The authors present a compendium of Strange’s work with twenty-four designs, three delightful illustrated cruising articles written in the early 1900s, and Strange’s 80-page exposition of the process of designing a yacht, originally published as a series of articles in THE YACHTING MONTHLY, 1914-1915. It is interesting to note that the original watercolor reproduced on the cover is postcard size. At 47ft 6in and 30 tons TM, Tally Ho was the largest transom-sterned boat designed by Albert Strange.
Betty, as she was named when launched, was built by the well-known and reputable yard of Stow & Sons at Shoreham to Lloyd’s highest class. The commentary which accompanied the publication of the design in The Yachting Monthly in 1910 remarks that Hellyer required a yacht in which he could cruise in comfort whilst indulging in deep-sea fishing. There is less recorded of Tally Ho in the following decades, although some delightful photographs by Fran Flutter, taken in 1938, show her enjoying a possibly gentler cruising life.
She was eventually dragged off the reef, after seven tons of lead ballast had been removed from her bilge and her cabin filled with empty oil drums. It was during this period that the Albert Strange Association (ASA) became aware of Tally Ho, and that she was potentially running into trouble. With the loss of Manuel’s driving force, Tally Ho found herself again in limbo, with storage fees accumulating, which the charitable foundation had no means to pay. With the full and generous co-operation of the port manager at Brookings, and members of the foundation that Manuel Lopez had set up, a plan was agreed with the ASA. In communicating with the ASA membership about these arrangements, a member, Pat Kellis, a retired waterman, who lives in the vicinity came forward and he has emerged as a local spokesman. The ASA has now embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of Tally Ho, and to locate that person or syndicate with the passion and resources sufficient to get her back on the water. For all the celebration of her Fastnet victory, what that race actually demonstrated is Tally Ho’s extraordinary capability as a cruising boat, and as Loomis put it at the time, her sea-going rather than sea-keeping ability. The effort and expense of her restoration, an exciting and fascinating project in itself, would be rewarded with the re-creation of a first class cruising yacht of known qualities and pedigree.
For the competitively-minded, a very important appointment awaits: the 90th anniversary Fastnet Race in 2015, or if that is too soon, the 90th anniversary of Tally Ho’s win in 2017, or indeed the Centenary of the race in 2025 – in any of which a class of veterans, including the splendid Jolie Brise, would attract huge interest. Perfect for messing about on ponds, lakes, estuaries, rivers and the sea Traditional Sail are currently producing traditionally hand built 8' clinker dinghies in a range of SOLID WOODS. Fastened in copper and bronze throughout on steamed oak timbers these classic dinghies are ideal as a tender stowed on davits or chocks on deck and light enough to be transported on the roof of a car. La Bonne, meaning "nursemaid", was built to sail in the Nursery Class which was suggested by Herbert Reiach (MINA), the founding editor of Yachting Monthly, in 1917.


BETTY as she originated was built by the highly regarded Stow & Son of Shoreham in 1909 for Brixham and Hull based fisherman, Charles Hellyer, in the best English tradition of powerful and sea-kindly gaff cutters.
Some stripping and remedial work, including repairs to her stem post and to her planking, has been carried out in the last few years, while a dedicated protective cover and cradle have also been constructed.
BUNNY, pictured here by Kathy Mansfield at Morbihan Week 2003, has done sterling service for this writer and two subsequent owners since I parted with her six years ago.
This entry was posted in Boats for Sale and tagged Bunny, Canoe, Yawl on 16 January 2012 by Dick Wynne.
This entry was posted in Bunny and tagged Bunny, Canoe, Yawl on 15 January 2012 by Dick Wynne. As a well known artist he had transformed his skills into designing small yachts at a time when there were a lot of large ones - and he was demonstrably capable of converting an excellent sense of shape and form into really practical boats. She was built for Charles Hellyer of Brixham, who had fishing interests in that port, as well as in Hull, and was a member of the Humber Yawl Club. The midship section drawing shows the hull was to be planked in American elm below the waterline, with teak above. This explains the barrel windlass forward of the mast and perhaps the unusually clear flush deck. It was when Hellyer commissioned Strange to design the larger Betty II of 50ft waterline in 1913 that Betty passed into the ownership of Lord Stalbridge, and became Tally Ho.
It seems that she completed more than one transatlantic trip after the Second World War, whilst still based in the Southampton area. But when Dave Olson wanted to move on, a new owner could not be found and she languished in Brookings Harbor for some years. In 2008 the Port of Brookings sold her at auction to a local artist, fisherman and shipwright, Manuel Lopez, who formed a charitable foundation and set out to restore her, with the idea of making her a show-piece for Brookings.
The lack of funds and energy locally to advertise her existence, historical value and availability seemed to leave her stranded, and by late 2012 the port was preparing to foreclose on her. The port prepared a piece of ground and moved Tally Ho away from the busy working area she had occupied, and agreed to waive overdue charges. Pat has taken pictures of Tally Ho cataloguing her condition in new detail, and undertaken construction of a cover to protect her from the winter weather. The task ahead should not be underestimated, but it is particularly encouraging that throughout her long life of cruising, racing, fishing, injury, repair and neglect, she has retained her all-important shape – a great testament to the strength of her design and construction. She continued to look after her crews, notably in the Pacific, during four days in a hurricane en route for Honolulu in 1976. Very well suited to many uses as family yacht, or for deep-sea cruising, chartering, or sail training, the project might suit a syndicate as well as an individual.
His aim was to create a class of small cruiser racers which would encourage young men to take up sailing again when the (1914 - 1918) war was over.
Built by quality builders Stows of Shoreham to a design by Albert Strange she is now a niche member of rarity and desirability that few yachts can match. Designed to perform the rather unusual, twin roles of cruising in comfort while retaining the ability to be used for deep-sea fishing, she seems to have been endowed with speed and heavy weather capabilities in abundance as evidenced by her winning the Fastnet Race in conditions so atrocious that the renowned yacht JOLIE BRISE was forced to turn back. TALLY HO is crying out to be put back to her original layout and condition at which point she would become an impressive, sea-kindly and valuable vintage yacht.Despite the traumas of her life to date the original hull shape has been retained, which greatly aids the restoration process, while all the information and expertise, in the shape of the original drawings and members of the Albert Strange Association, are readily on hand to achieve a successful restoration.


Her current owner Nigel Field is now moving on to something a little larger and is selling her. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely. The photograph by Beken of Cowes shows her at this period under racing canvas, with the short pole mast changed to a taller fidded topmast rig, and sail area increased by some 400 sqft, or about 20 per cent. But the drums kept her floating just awash, and in that condition she was towed the 120 miles back to Rarotonga, something of a tribute to the strength of her original deck construction. Manuel did extensive work on the hull, but sadly died in early 2010 without having got her back in the water. Understandably, they could not allow a deteriorating wooden hull to remain indefinitely on the site, and there was a real danger that she would have to be broken up. The ASA formed a wholly owned UK limited company for the sole purpose of holding title to the boat, and through which it is now paying storage fees at a very reasonable rate. Even a quick look at her lines shows a robust and characterful yacht that makes the run of today's racing classics look quite flimsy by comparison. Even a quick look at her lines shows a robust and characterful yacht that makes the run of today\'s racing classics look quite flimsy by comparison. Like all Moss boats she is a picture of perfection in design and construction, and she is unlikely to be on the market very long. He paused to charter for a few months in the Caribbean and then sailed on single-handed to Rarotonga, in the Pacific, which he reached in July 1968. In Rarotonga, she was rebuilt over a period of years, during which time she changed hands, and eventually found her way, via Tahiti and Hawaii, to the west coast of America.
In a renewed effort, the ASA contacted the port manager, and a plan of action was initiated to resolve the issues to each party’s benefit. Because the coachroof is timber, built on to the one-piece deck and cockpit moulding, there is plenty of scope for customising including having a flush deck or extending the coachroof forward of the mast allowing ample headroom in the heads and forepeak.
Here he was offered a charter to fetch 20 tons of copra from the island of Manuae (Hervey Islands), 120 miles to the north-east.
There, with aft wheelhouse and twin trolling poles rigged on the mast, she went to work periodically, under the name Escape, fishing for tuna and salmon out of Brookings Harbor, Oregon. With a young lad as crew, he reached the offing during darkness and hove to waiting for dawn. During this ownership, in the 10 years between 1977 and 1987, Dave Olson sailed some 20,000 miles in her, twice to the Marqueses, to Tahiti, frequently to Hawaii, and even to Pitcairn. As they slept, the current carried the yacht down onto the island, where the surf lifted and drove her onto the coral reef and stove in her port side amidships.



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