One Off John G Alden Design 872 “Clara Brown” is coming to Buffalo!

//One Off John G Alden Design 872 “Clara Brown” is coming to Buffalo!

One Off John G Alden Design 872 “Clara Brown” is coming to Buffalo!

Ever since “Dreamer” was off to Erie PA and “Malabar X” to Barcelona Spain, a dream to one day see a John G Alden design in Buffalo has been lingering on the horizon of Sail Buffalo. Just recently we received a letter from a shipwright in Barcelona (!) down in Lake Erie asking if we would be interested in purchasing “Clara Brown” a John G Alden design no 872, originating from 1952 when it was made in Maine.

Needless to say- it was only a question of hours until we were down in the hangar at Barcelona Marina where she was. How often is it that you look at something and feel as if time stands still? You can feel as if you are back in time, to when the boat was done, and you can sense the happiness of the first owner and of everyone after him, when just sitting inside the cabin, watching how she has been taken care of, owner by owner, year after year.

Thanks to our member No 1, Giles Kavanagh, this vessel has now found a new home, and we plan on proudly display her inside the Naval Cove at the Commercial Wharf. A historic docking for a historic vessel!

The 28th of May a full crew consisting of myself plus Chris (LittleWally) and Nick (WallyWorld) plus D.J we shall sail her back to Buffalo’s Inner Harbor. It will be a long journey, range 100 miles, possibly 10-12 hours,
maybe even an overnight.

Captain Pierre W

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Sail Buffalo

The Sail Buffalo project entails the transformation of an abandoned inlet into a Community Boating Center that provides public access to Buffalo’s waterfront. We are an accredited sailing school with a mission to create an exciting safe and secure facility on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, enabling public access to the waterfront through boating, wellness and environmental programming. Our goal is to provide a destination for on-the-water training, holistic learning experiences, wellness and environmental education regardless of income, gender and age, including people with disabilities, and to provide a safe-haven for young veterans and their families.

Our History

Being on the water is a truly transformative experience. After the launch of our unique Eco Floating Classroom 2011, and after merging with Cazenovia Community Resource Center (501-C-3) during 2012, we have finally found an ideal location at 2 Fuhrmann Blvd by the USCG, and created a true Community Boating Center!