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August 1999

Dear Friends:

Web-pages, modern lightweight racing fliers? What has happened to those two anachronisms? The web-page was our distributors idea and has proven to be lots of fun. I just have more reasons to write letters such as this one. I send it along to the computer folks who handle the web-site along with a few photos and our shore based friends can keep track of us if they want (www.paracay.com). The raceboats have added spice and new friends to our overland visit in the USA.

Photograph of Taleisin Taleisin's hull form is a modern interpretation of the pilot cutters that worked the English Channel waters off Falmouth. Sea handy, fast and easy to handle.

When we returned from exploring Mexico for six weeks, we had to rush to San Francisco for the Oakland Sail Expo. That was great - we had the special help of a favorite friend, Mary Baldwin. She works in antarctica for six months each year, then spends lots of time with her friends up here. We gave six seminars, including an all-day one, helped a local friend who gets disabled sailors out on the bay, then quickly south to the biggest Booksellers exposition in the U.S. That was a mind-bender for us. We thought being publishers of our own books was fun combined with quite a bit of work. We walked around that huge exposition seeing how much we still had to learn. We met a surprising number of people we knew, found hundreds of books we wished we had time to read, came away with lists of things we should do to be "real" publishers. But, one thing we decided long ago was to keep things in perspective - we retired young, worked only three or four months a year as we voyaged and explored. Now it's time to work at least five or six months a year - but it is hard to call this work - yet we need time to be free so took it, the past two months.

Photo of three boats In 1997 a real highlight of our voyaging was the Risor Norway wooden boat regatta and Colin Archer reunion. The three boats here are all more than 50 years old.


First it was Eugene, Oregon to rendevous with Larry's brother and sister-in-law, Marsh and Laine - They gave us a thrill by winning all four races at the Ultimate 20 regatta (Laine on the helm) then took us out in 25 knots of wind. I (Lin) at the helm for the first time, put the chute in the water twice before I got the hang of playing the gusts. Next up to Port Townsend - sailing was much more sedate on Carol Haase's lovely little Folkboat. An immaculately cared for jewel. Carol serenading us on her miniature guitar, gentle winds, lovely shoreline and good food waiting for us at a cafe where Herb Payson played jazz on the piano and sailing friends cheered him on, with Nancy as hostess.

No question of right-of-way with 16 feet of Bowsprit headed your way!


Final amazing addition to our holiday. We stopped to visit with John Guzzwell who has always been a hero to us, from the moment we read his lovely book, Trekka Around the world. We'd met through the years and now came to discuss his experience with Adhesives for the new appendix Larry is writing for the second edition of his boat building book. John not only gave us invaluable assistance, but took us down to see his latest creation, a charming 30 foot hot-shot racing sloop. As he was showing us over his self-designed Whitbread 30, built of three skins, two being spruce and the third teak, he mentioned he was short of crew for the Round Van Isle race. Larry was quick to sign on for the five legs that went from the very north of Vancouver Isle at Port Hardy, around to stops at two very isolated west coast outposts, then to Victoria and finally Naniamo. What a treat. Not only did Larry and John hit it off wonderfully as fellow boat builders, but their third crew was also a wooden boat builder named Dave. That brought some comments about the name of the boat, Endangered Species. The race was great. Though John and Crew did not fair well in the final results, they were happy they did not come last. It was a learning experience for all - John has come to racing only over the past four years, Larry has not helmed a boat quite like this one. I had never been the on-shore support team (camp follower, groupie). But it gave me a chance to see some of the beautiful rain forests, first nation carvings and art work, and to visit with many of our Canadian friends. We also worked in a three day visit to the beautiful town of Victoria.

The weather? Not very nice - rain most of the time, fog some of the time. But that is why there are such beautiful trees.

Taleisin has her mast out, rudder off and is under the boat shed on the Teo Comilo River, Chesapeake bay.


Now we are headed south to store our truck away in Paso Robles, say goodbye to family and fly out to Godzone - New Zealand. We plan to be at our island cottage until March. Haven't been there for ten years and know the kitchen needs repainting. (That's a family joke). We've rented the place out all those years and know it's going to be work to clean it up and get it ready to leave again. Larry asks, "Are we spending all of our time maintaining our possessions?" We will be only 10 miles north of the Americas Cup course so know we will have lots of visitors. Keep tuned for what we actually find when we get there.

Lin and Larry
from Arcata, California


Lin and Larry on the Taleisin
Maine 1998 - A great summer - feasting on
Lobster, blue berries, loads of new anchorages,
friends! We'll be going back again.


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