Design number: 23 Year: 1979
Like many Humphreys designs Harmony has had a long competitive shelf life. She was designed for Tony Allen (of Holt-Allen dinghy fame) and Mike Holmes, and subsequently sold to Peter Dyer, and later others who we will try to catch up with..
The Half Tonner was built by Priors in Burnham-on-Crouch, construction being cold-moulded wood glued and coated with epoxy resin in the WEST system method.
It is fair to say that she was a more sensitive boat to sail than Roller Coaster and it took the crew a few seasons to get to grips with her. The Holt-Allen group had produced their own spar and sails and they too had a learning curve to climb.
The best results were achieved after a few years, and in 1984, for example, she scored first in Class III of EAORA Week, 1st overall in the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association’s season championship, and class winner in Burnham Week. We do not have results recorded for either her earlier or later years, but she was a dominant force for a long period under the ownership of Peter Dyer.
Compared with Roller Coaster, Harmony offered little concession to cruising and in many ways was forerunner to a number of other successful Humphreys Half Tonners in the most competitive era of the IOR.