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November 2000
Photo Seraffyn looked grand when she arrived. Her new owners, Norma and Wayne Tillett have had her for two years. They are ex Flying Scot sailors so find having a boat with a lid special.


Dear Friends:

Summer has flown as we had a sampler of the US East Coast. For six weeks we visited the interesting and history laden ports from Block Island to Newport Rhode Island, and westward as far as New London and Shelter Island. This small area of the Long Island Sound could have kept us busy for the whole summer. But commitments in the Chesapeake sent us southward ahead of the hurricane season. We had a great sail from the tiny lagoon we found at the southern end of Northwest Harbor, only about five miles from the high profile, yacht filled Sag Harbor area. We caught a far tide to Montauk Point with a fresh beam wind to average almost 9 knots over the bottom. Then out onto the Atlantic for a three day sail down to Norfolk Virginia. Our timing was great. By the last week in August, the extreme heat and humidity of the bay had let up and the weather turned lovely.

Phil and Jill Slater, friends from England, joined us for eight days. Having them on board made us even more aware of the amazing history of the Chesapeake as we explored a few of the dozens of creeks in the York river and over on the eastern shore. Then we had an amazing and special event, one of those times we'll never be able to re-create.

Little sister, big sister - a treat to sail in company and recall the special adventures Seraffyn led us to.


For the first time ever, Taleisin and her baby sister, Seraffyn lay side be side in the Yeocomico River, just off the Potomac. Wayne and Norma Tillett, her new owners had brought our first love up from Beaufort, North Carolina and they have her in lovely shape. Sailing alongside her reminded us of how sweet she is and how fast she can be in light winds. Together we headed north the last week of September to meet in Annapolis. We arrived on October 1st and began a constant round of parties and preparation for the big fundraiser I mentioned in the last newsletter. Our goal was to earn enough money to outfit a small cruising boat so that disabled sailors and their families could get out cruising overnight on the bay. This boat is to be added to the CRAB fleet (Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating). Not only does it have to be outfitted so it is easy to sail and has swing type cockpit chairs for those with lower limb disability, it also has to have lifting devises to help sailors off the dock and into the cockpit, then down below. So with that goal in mind, we set to work, all four of us sprucing up the two boats so people who came to the Annapolis boat show could come on board and see true cruising boats as they look once they have been used well and sailed hard. With the help of a lot of volunteers, we got posters made up, helped sell tickets to the big fund raising dinner (CRAB BASH) planned for the Friday night. Then the day before the boat show we did an all day seminar on voyaging. From the moment the boat show opened visitors did come and did leave generous donations in the CRAB pot - almost 1500 toured the two boats, leaving behind their nicest comments and only a tiny bit of blue jean dust. My sister-in-law from Utah, Laine came to supervise inside the boat tour guides, Niki and Jamie of Siandra, cruising friends from all points east, came to help us at the Sail Magazine Booth were we answered questions and seemed to meet new and old friends from all over the world. Members of the OCC (Ocean Cruising Club) and local folks like Denise and Lars Lindenholm and Wayne and Joanne Daum took days off work to help control dockside traffic, show the boats and raise money for CRAB. In all, the boats and CRAB BASH raised more than $10,000 and the boat, GETAWAY 2000 will be afloat and working next summer.

Here is the crew that worked together to make the CRAB fundraiser such a big success and a lot of fun. Don Bache head of crab and winner of several racing championships on Freedom 20's, which are fitted for disabled sailors, is seated in the center. An amazing man and a real inspiration.


But that all sounds like work and belies all the partying that went with it. Every evening seemed to create another music filled get together as we rendezvoused with cruising friends from all points of the compass and shared fun music ranging from Jamie's fine flamenco guitar to Steve's Irish fiddling. I think Annapolis at boat show time is an amazing place.

Seraffyn and Taleisin in place at the boat show before all the signs went up.


On Monday when the show broke up - over 5000 spectators watched as a fresh beam wind added to the excitement. We sailed clear of the tight space of our mooring right in line with all the other 350 departing sailboats and were almost clear when boatshow personnel pulled a dock right in front of us. Fortunately Larry had room to execute a series of tight turns, I dropped the mainsail and we slowed down just enough to give the crew time to swing the dock to the side of the channel. Then Seraffyn came sailing out right astern looking really sweet and Norma and Wayne were still game to sail south 120 miles for a great weekend on the Rappahanock River to raise funds for Hospice at a regatta called the Turkey Shoot. Eighty-four boats joined in (all classics which means of designs available before 1974). Great light wind racing. Seraffyn thrilled us by walking through the fleet in a 4-knot breeze. She almost caught Taleisin, which might not have thrilled us quite so much. A grand weekend enhanced by the crew who drove down from Annapolis to prolong the party - Thanks Ashley, Wendy, Tom and Clint. Now we are bound back to the small marina we used last year. Taleisin will be staying their alongside Seraffyn for the winter while we fly to New Zealand and get to work on some writing projects while winter wraps this area in icy cold winds.

Norma and I celebrate the last moments of an amazing show and claim our homes back from the crowds.




Hope all of you are having a great autumn and happy Turkey day where ever you happen to be and to our sailing friends, fair winds and smooth sailing.

Lin and Larry, at the Corrotoman River, Virginia


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