The Ocean Cruising Club has presented their 2003 award of Merit to Lin and
Larry Pardey in recognition of their recent record setting, contrary-to-the-prevailing-wind
doubling of Cape Horn and their enthusiastic encouragement of other potential
voyagers. For over 30 years these two self-financed small boat voyagers have been
sharing lessons gained from over 180,000 miles of blue water voyaging.
Lin and Larry are currently bound north up the Pacific from Chile to cross
their outward bound track after an almost 70,000 mile west about circumnavigation
which took them to 30 different countries, as far north as Norway and south around
the bottom of all the great continents. They are undoubtedly the only voyagers
to have circumnavigated both east about and west about in boats they built themselves,
using sail power only and traditional means of navigation.
Their ten books, five videos and dozens of seminars have, through the years,
greased the ways for thousands of other aspiring voyagers. Soon after their scheduled
arrival Lin and Larry plan to take 29'6" Taleisin to Port Townsend for the
Woodenboat Festival where she will be open to visitors. They will present seminars
on boat maintenance and also Storm Tactics to introduce their new DVD/VHS program
of the same name.
A month later the Blue Water cruising Association of Vancouver/Victoria will
host two evening slide presentations - Voyaging, Why We Do It, plus two
all-day seminars- Priorities for Confident Cruising. Other seminar dates
currently scheduled include participation in the Atlantic City and Chicago Sail