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Seven Seas Service Award for Lin and Larry Pardey
Lin and Larry Pardey
"Teachers, boat builders, authors, over 175,000 miles of cruising" reads the inscription on the Seven Seas Service Award plaque. The Seven Seas Cruising Association announced the presentation of this award to Lin and Larry Pardey at their 2004 cruising gam at Melbourne, Florida. Lin and Larry recently celebrated 37 years of voyaging on board their two boats, 24'4" Seraffyn and 29'6" Taleisin, by sailing from the Atlantic North East coast, south around Cape Horn, and onward to Victoria, Canada. During those 37 years they have written ten books, and presented over 300 seminars in ten different countries to encourage young and young- at- heart sailors that ocean voyaging is affordable and do-able. Tom Linskey, 470 champion sailor, author, and senior editor at Sail Magazine, called them the Pardeys "the enablers." Others have debated their view that when it comes to offshore voyaging, simpler is better. But no one has questioned that their sailing exploits have encouraged inenumerable people to get out and dip their stem in the big waters.

Though Lin and Larry are contemplating future voyages on their self-built Taleisin, which is currently in Victoria, British Columbia, they were unable to attend the November presentation due tobecause of a new boat in their livfes. Late in October they flew to their home base in New Zealand to take possession of Thelma, a 37- foot racing yacht, built and designed in 1895 by C. and W. Bailey in Auckland, New Zealand. They intend to return Thelma to her original glory. "We hope to have her out racing with the other classics by the end of the southern summer," Larry commented. "She'll still need another winter's work to bring her to the condition she deserves. But that might take a few years, as we are going to try to avoid true winter by rejoining Taleisin for the northern summer months."

Lin adds, "We've read that each of us is allotted a limited number of summers. If our plan works, we might just be able to double that number from now on out."

The Seven Seas Cruising Association, with an international membership of 5000 families, promotes the enjoyment of cruising while "leaving a clean wake." The service award is presented only periodically, to commend those who have performed special services to the sailing and cruising community.


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