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Ian Anderson served as President of HOA from its inception in 1998 until his death from cancer on 5th March 2013

Ian Anderson reflects on a lifetime in yacht design

I was born in Somerset quite a while ago. My father, a Dental Surgeon, thankfully took an enlightened view about my following in his footsteps and I suppose it was his motor boat kept in Poole Harbour which kindled my interest in yachts and boats.

Duly apprenticed to Fred Parker in Poole for 3 years which was great fun and very creative as we were designing and having built some of the top racing yachts under the R.O.R.C. rules of the time - Phizz, Norlethe and such. Looking back now they were so narrow and so heavy by comparison with today's lightweight water ballasted, swinging keel ' surfboard' flyers (....more)

Ian Anderson

Ian was born in Shepton Mallett Somerset. He had very a happy childhood exept for the train set disputes with his cousin John Grant. After building a super net work with their combined train sets it was the "who owned what" debate at the end of the day.

He went to Millfield prep school then on to Blundell's. He captained the school team at Bisley, rifle shooting with great success. He returned to Bisley in 2006, scoring 47 out of a possible 50 at 500 yds- a performance with which many would have been very happy after a full season of competitions, let alone after 50 years away from the sport (...more)

Text of a tribute to Ian Anderson published in Practical Boat Owner, May 2013 edition

Boat designer, Ian Anderson passed away on 5 March in an Exeter hospice, following a short period of cancer. Ian, who designed many of the Hurley line and the Countess range, was President of both the Hurley Owners and Countess Owners associations (....more)

Finally here's a link to the order of service from Ian's funeral and below there are some more pictures.