Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 18: The History of the Yacht Tally Ho / Pilot Cutters / Going South

April 10, 2018

Maynard Bray

Try watching Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched over a hundred years ago in England. This vessel, designed by Albert Strange, lies under a shed in Sequim, WA, that Leo built next to the shop/apartment he rejuvenated—helped out occasionally by Poncho the parrot and Brian the dog.

The backstories, and there are many, can be found on Leo’s website, his Facebook postings, and on the Albert Strange Association’s TALLY HO pages.

In addition, Leo wrote a piece on TALLY HO for SOUNDINGS Magazine - "Tally Ho, Adventure! The Quest to Put a 1927 Fastnet Winner Back on the High Seas".

March 24, 2018 - Episode 18: The History of the Yacht Tally Ho / Pilot Cutters / Going South

Still in the UK, Leo visits the grandson of TALLY HO’s skipper—the man who was in charge when the vessel won the Fastnet Race in 1927.

He then travels to the Underhill Boat Yard in Bristol where he first learned how to build and repair boats. Leo’s mentor, John, makes a convincing case for swift and seaworthy pilot cutters. He’s built five replicas so far and shows us one named JONATHAN LIVINGSTON—an example of what TALLY HO may look like when Leo finishes her restoration.

At the end, he’s back in the US, headed from New England into live oak country by truck, finally reaching his destination in South Georgia.

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