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Ian Sinclair receives the trophy from Chairman, Phil Kirby.
The HOA committee met at Poole Yacht Club on 4th February to present Ian Sinclair with the prestigious George Hurley Memorial Trophy. Commenting after the meeting Tim Sharman said:"About this time of year HOA would have been preparing for an AGM, most frequently held in recent years at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club. However, since the decision at the 2019 AGM to adopt a new approach to the operation of the Association the AGM, as the principal administrative meeting, is a thing of the past. Of course the best bit of the AGM was always talking boats with fellow Hurley enthusiasts over food and drink – and that most definitely is NOT a thing of the past! Your Committee members, Phil Kirby (Chairman), Ian Sinclair (Treasurer), Nick Vass (Facebook moderator) and Mike Carter (Webmaster) – plus yours truly, a retired committee member/’consultant’ (aka ‘here for social duties only’) - met over coffee and lunch in the very fine surroundings of the Poole Yacht Club, kindly hosted by Mike. Our aim was to simply meet up as sailing friends – swap stories, share what HOA is looking like from each others perspectives and consider what could be done to encourage and help Hurley owners get added value from their boats by connecting with each other. I’ll leave it to the Committee to elaborate in due course on what may be ahead. The most important part of our our meeting was to award Ian Sinclair the George Hurley Memorial Trophy in recognition of the staunch and selfless support he has given to members in the role of Treasurer and Membership Secretary since 2011. Most will be unaware of the large number of daily administrative tasks involving payments and membership applications which Ian handled in a smooth and highly efficient way and which underpinned the viability and effectiveness of the Association. This trophy, awarded for outstanding service to the Association, was sponsored by Mrs Margret Miller, George and Marion Hurley’s elder daughter, on the occasion of the 2016 ‘Bring Your Hurley Home’ celebration in Plymouth. Many congratulations and thanks Ian!" And so say all of us. Click here to see the certificate.

Chris Chris Deane (left) is presented with the South West Region Achievement Award by Tony Litttlwood.

The award was presented for his restoration of SummerBreeze, a Hurley20. She was practically scrapped after storm damage at the end of 2017 and Chris returned her to ship shape condition, repairing the holed Hull , replaced the rub rails and much more to bring her back to life .

Rod After many years loyal service to the Association, Rod Coomber decides it is time to stand down. Here he is being presented with a crystal decanter set as a token of thanks from HOA, by Chairman Phil Kirby.

Rod and his wife Donia were great supporters of our Southern Region rallies in their Hurley 27, Gandalf.

Donia also helped in our meetings with the responsbility for the minutes. Rod was our webmaster for many years. We will miss them and wish them well in the future.
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At the 2019 AGM Tim Sharman (left) is presented with the George Hurley Memorial Trophy by Chairman, Phil Kirby. Phil explained that under Tim's 9 year chairmanship the Association had gone from strength to strength cullminating in the 2016 Bring Your Hurley Home rally in Plymouth. Additionally, his book, A History of Hurley Marine, co-authored with Nick Vass, has become the definitive reference for anyone interested in the history of Hurley boats.


The Cowes Classic Week racing regatta on the Isle of Wight, UK is now open to GRP yachts! As long as they were designed fifty years ago. The Hurley 22 was designed in 1965 so now qualifies as a classic, as do the Felicity, Silhouette, 18 and 20. So, as we already knew, the Hurley 22 is a classic yacht. But now its official!

Apparently in USA they call classic GRP yachts 'Glassics'. Love it!

For more information about the Rally go to the Events page.



I purchased my Hurley 27, called Karjala, in the UK some years ago . She carried me solo via Gibraltar and the Cape Verde Islands to Suape in Brazil and subsequently with my partner up the east coast of South America where I left her in Suriname in the village of Domburg. She was stolen from there and may have been taken back to Europe . If you should come across her I would appreciate an e-mail. Thanks John Somerville.

South West Area's Annual Social, 21 Nov 2014    

Are you thinking of buying a Hurley 22?

Guidance from Bruce Carter

Bruce & Vicki Carter's August 2014 Cruise    
An article by Wil Bailey about his participation in the 2015 Baltimore Jester Challenge.