Tom Leach retired as Harbormaster of Harwich Port on Cape Cod. Here he shares his lifetime of views on the water where he managed the village’s three active harbors called Wychmere, Allen and Saquatucket for 40 years. He later worked as a sailing captain for Chatham Bars Inn for four seasons.
Tom Leach has been sketching and painting art since before graduating Tufts University and is a juried member of the Guild of Harwich Artists. Although he majored in chemistry, Tom made time to take art courses in perspective, anatomy, and oil painting. He finds the shape and design of boats and changing boat scenes intriguing and is a boat designer by trade. In 1984, he designed and built the first Cape Cod Frosty a dinghy which now numbers in the thousands with an active racing class. His time on the water has allowed him to appreciate, study and paint this subject.
When not enjoying his art he has stayed very active as a party boat captain operating the Cap’N Kid out of Saquatucket Harbor and, as an amateur astronomer, leading evening stargazing talks at Wequassett Inn. Tom also enjoys surfing, golf, racing a Flying Scot, or just knocking around Pleasant Bay and Wychmere on his catboat TOM CAT.
The Art Gallery of the Guild of Harwich Artists
551 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA