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Eight Bells for Deane Holt

Our beloved sailing friend and companion, Deane Holt, has passed away at the age of 85 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Deane was a co-founder of the Tartan 34 Classic Association and was responsible for the development of the Tartan 34C Directory, web site and technical forum and helped build the membership to what it is today. Deane and his wife Grace sailed their T34C Aries throughout the Chesapeake Bay and were active members of the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club. Deane’s son Allen now keeps Aries in Norfolk, Virginia and is following his father’s footsteps as an active sailor. Deane is greatly missed.

Condolences can be sent to Russell Holt, 21618 Slidell Road, Boyds, Maryland 20841. Tel: 1-240-505-8655.

Thank you, David A. Bourdon, longtime friend of Deane Holt and former Commodore of the T34C Association for contributing to this notice. Thanks to Richard LaRiviere for the photo.

Deane and Grace Holt


Around the World in 900 Days

"It’s been more than two years since Eric Bihl (’10) and Kennon Jones (’10) set sail on a three-hour cruise, erh, make that a two-and-a-half-year cruise, around the world aboard their sturdy 34-foot sailboat, the Temujin. Wake Forest Magazine first caught up with them a few months into their journey. As they near the end of their voyage, we caught up with them again as they departed Saint Helena (a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean), bound for the U.S. Virgin Islands. In part 1 of a two-part email exchange, they talk about their biggest surprises, missing peanut butter, meeting Wake Foresters in unexpected places and how COVID-19 stranded them in Saint Helena. In part 2, coming Wednesday, they talk about life on board the Temjuin, their best and scariest experiences, and what they plan to do next.

"You can follow their journey at; on Instagram; Facebook and Flickr."  Click here to read the entire article.   (2020-May 4)

Looking to buy or sell a Tartan 34? Check out our Boat Yard! You might also find something for free.

Looking for technical information for the Tartan T34C? Look no further than the TCA Technical Info section of the library under "Resources for Members". TCA members have instant access to dozens of well researched technical documents covering everything from center board maintenance to anchoring tips. Click on the image below for an example of one such document. (You need to be a TCA member to access this document.)

T34C 50th Celebration

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tartan 34 Classic, Sparkman & Stephens design 1904. Originally designed in 1967, the sloop version of the Tartan 34C was released to production on April 28 1967 and the yawl version on October 11 of the same year.

To honor this historic event, The Tartan Classic Association held a gala 50th Celebration on the first day of the Annapolis Sailboat Show on October 5th, 2017.

Check out the photos of the event posted in the Photo Gallery, complements of Georgie Jackson.

We were especially pleased to welcome Tim Jacket of Tartan Yachts as our special guest.

Special Thanks: We would like to thank Michael Tigmeyer and Crusader Yachts for their support of the Celebration and for their continuing support of the TCA.

Many thanks to Tim Dull, TCA Vice Commodore, for taking the lead and making this Celebration such a great success.

TheT34C is one of "the 10 old sailboat we love"

 10 boats we love...


Members - show us your photos!

Other members would love to see photos of your Tartan 34 and crew. If you don't know how, or can't remember how to create a photo album, click on this link: Gallery Photo Upload Instructions.


Jack Tar
Featured Boat Slideshow - "Jack Tar"

T34C Technical Library

Thinking of replacing your refrigeration? Priming and painting your Tartan 34? Be sure to check out the Technical Library which contains documents for refrigeration, anchoring, electronics, and a host of other categories.

Have you documented a Tartan 34 project and want to share what you learned with other TCA34 devotees? Contact the Webmaster and we'll get it posted.

Boat cards

Order your own T34C specific Boat Card that you can exchange with fellow sailors. Both a Word or PDF version is available. Simply choose your printer and printing options.  


Please ask Richard Lariviere for your personalized copy.

Member Project: Spring Surprise
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Member Spotlight - Captain John Allen


Click here to view a photo album which includes a nuclear submarine!

Captain John Allen is one of a very few members who has gained the “duet” titles, by years of steering the sweet Tartan 34C. IRIS #200 and by gaining the coveted golden dolphins as captain of the nuclear submarine, USS SILVERSIDES (SSN-569). I haven’t seen the Silversides, but IRIS is one of a very few Tartan 34s that I truly envy! (I might add Sin Sal, Rubicon and Celebration to that group). John has arrived at a point well known to those of us over…60 (?); he is finding IRIS a bit too demanding of those precious retired hours. After many years cruising the NE waters with Judy, they are moving to a smaller (newer) day sailor .. another design I have always admired, an Alerion 28. We join our T.O.N.E. friends in wishing John and Judy many more years of sailing together. - by Deane Holt (Aries #524)