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September 2000
Photo The yard we used, Krentz marine, is called the Third World Boatyard by its owners. It is definitely a repository of relics including this 80 year old deadrise that someone just might some day want to restore.


Dear Friends,

The hardest thing about this years cruising plan is answering the question, where are you headed? We say, "here." They say "but where are you going next." Seems few people realize we have never before had a chance to explore New England under Sail. To us this is all exotic, foreign and very interesting.

Taleisin is alongside the boatshed where she spent 14 months under cover. Just in front of here is Ziska.


We spent almost nine weeks getting Taleisin ready for her summer cruise. Though we had been very careful about putting her into storage, she did need lots of paint work. It had been almost three years since she had had any. Fortunately we were able to put her inside a shed since her mast was out. She came out looking a treat - but I was really tired of sanding. Sure hope this new paint we used lasts as long as they say, it sure looks good and was really easy to put on. It is International Poly bright sides. I will not say it is good until I see how it looks at the end of a year, but what a gloss it has. Just when we were doing the last bits of rigging work after stepping the mast, we had a lovely surprise. A young man we met in England sailed in on the 100 year old Morecombe Bay Prawner he restored. What a neat story. He was 14 when he started building a 24 foot sailboat in his folds yard near the Thames estuary. He was not doing well at school due to reading problems. So his folks suggested boat building school instead. We met him when he was 18. A year later he traded his 24 footer for the restored hull of Ziska. Then he worked 40 hours a week for a boat builder, than used the shop after hours and worked 40 more putting deck, interior and rig on his boat. Two years later he set off with a friend bound to the US to catch up with us. In spite of loosing his crew (to a lady) he got here, working along the way. You can see by the photos that his boat is unique and Ashley is great too.

Ashley uses a 16 foot ash oar to maneuver his engineless cutter when there is now wind.


We spent a week together, then said farewell until autumn. We headed outside the Chesapeake to rendezvous with another English sailor, Richard Griffith who has crewed or maintained some of the great yachts of our day, Brilliant, Gleam, Cotton blossom. He invited us to a rendezvous of classic yachts at Mystic Conn. We had once spent a winter afternoon at Mystic. To be tied alongside with 45 other classic vessels after the museum had closed, to stroll the grounds as the sun set and see only wooden spars, 300 year old buildings, what a special treat. Then to top things off, we got invited to join Elizabeth Meyers first classic boat cruise. So we spent the next week on a jaunt with 19 Concordia yawls, Starling Burgess cutters, some of the most beautiful classic wooden commuter power yachts and their crazy and fun crews, sailing to five ports at the eastern end of Long Island. Weather was mixed, but Taleisin held her own in spite of having no auxiliary and we shared some great barbecues and parties which lead to a final one at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport Rhode Island. When every one else had to go back to home ports, we stayed on and Larry gave a class to some of the school students. Once again, to be in a place like Newport and be able to enjoy it in all its guises is really great. The sense of history is overwhelming, the crazy daytime crowds are fun for us after the isolation of Krentz Marine in Virginia.

Here he is, the heart breaking devil himself, 24 years old and out there doing it with only his own resources to fall back on.


Now we have an extra special treat as Niki Perryman and Jamie Morrison who we met and cruised with in England and Norway, have also turned up in the area with their 35 foot Siandra. So the next weeks will fly as we explore Narragansett Bay together. We are delighted to say we can find good anchorages, some quiet, some full of fun like Block Islands Great Salt Pond. People are really friendly, weather is changeable but mostly good and we hope to come back and cruise more of this area next year.

Our first real port in New England, New London, for the tall ships gathering. On board with us is Peter Legnos who lived on Seraffyn with us for six weeks when he was 19 years old in Columbia, South America (1970).


But in a week or two we will sail south to the Chesapeake so we are there before the threat of Hurricanes gets in the way. Have to be at Annapolis by October 1st to be in place for the boat show. Taleisin will be open to the public - I want time to make her tidy and shiny so she raises lots for CRAB (Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating). If you are nearby, come on board. We won't be showing her, our friends from CRAB will welcome you on to the boat and down below. But we will be at SAIL magazines booth almost all of every day. From what we are hearing, we will be rendezvousing with lots of old friends - including Seraffyn and her new owners if all goes well.

Taleisin is secured at mystic, looking right at home amid the classic boats of all types.




Hope you are having a great summer if you are north of the equator, a mild winter if you are south.

Lin and Larry, at Newport Rhode Island


It has been a summer of rendezvous and old friends. Sandy and Andy Peterson who cruise on their 57 foot cutter, Jakaranda and have a complete sail loft



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