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March 2001
Photo Just a few friends sharing lunch at our cottage in New Zealand.

Dear Sailors:

We feel almost guilty, sneaking away to a second summer while Taleisin and our sailing friends up north suffer through rain and sleet and snow. Several who helped us so much in Annapolis have written to tell of "freezing our a.... off" to quote Niki Perryman and Jamie who sailed down the inland waterways toward Cuba. Seems that December found even those in North Carolina facing freezing weather. Norma and Wayne Tillett who own Seraffyn told us they checked around her and Taleisin (who are laying bowsprit to bowsprit at Krentz marine in Virginia) to make sure ice was not building up.

Down here in the land of the long white cloud, summer has been cooler than the local folks like it. But we have fo8und it delightful, days at 65 to 80 degrees, fresh wind, some rain. The holidays flew with visits from lots of friends. Then we got wonderful news. The owners of Jonquil, a Nat Hereshoff designed Buzzards Bay 25, got her free of the tidal dry dock where she was stored and we were able to go into Auckland and sail her home. Now she is ours for as long as we live in New Zealand (this year that will be until the end of April). Only catch is, we have to do the kind of thing we enjoy, re-rig her so she sails better, add some ground tackle and a vow roller and do her refit. As Larry said today, "it's great just having a boat to sail while we are out here, but to have exactly the boat we might one day like to build for ourselves, that's almost like a miracle."

As nice as it is to have a cottage on shore, I still prefer the freedom of life on Taleisin. It sure is simple when you remove gardens, jetties, spiders, ants, mice and telephones from the equation.


Our first cruise on Jonquil reminded me of being a kid again. She is a simple weekender, a pot to boil water, a small stove, water in jugs, no table, a pot for washing dishes - dishwater goes over the side. Not only that, she is an open cockpit boat, in other words, fill her with water and she sinks. Her mainsail is huge - 410 square feet on a boat that only weighs 7500 pounds. We don't really know how to sail her since she is gaff rigged and has a centerboard. So we reefed her right down to sail clear of the back waters of the city, then loved short tacking her through the harbor. After ten miles, the tide turned so we anchored for the night behind the volcano that shelters the city. There at Rangitoto I lit two big candles to provide light and we picnicked, shared a bottle of lovely white wine then climbed into sleeping bags for the night. Neither of us slept much, getting used to the sounds this mew boat made, trying to figure out how to get comfortable on bunks that were definitely not those we are used to. Then in the morning we had a glorious sail back to our home base, sparkling water, 12 knot breezes, chart on the cockpit floor. Since she had some rigging problems to be sorted, our minds were full of ideas and we wrote pages of notes. A week later she is ready for sailing trials. I.e. I can't stand working inside with the weather so grand outside. So we will spend this weekend getting to know her well. Then at the Mahurangi Regatta, a three day event, we hope to show people Nat Hereshoff know what he was doing. Nothing like a new(to us) boat to remind us of how much fun sailing can be.

But yes we are actually doing some of the work we came to do. The 25th Anniversary edition of Cruising in Seraffyn will be ready to go to the book designer in two weeks. We have located some great old photos that will now go into a 32 photo color section in the book. We are writing a new introduction and adding new appendix. With luck, the hard back book will be out in June.

Here is the young man who got us started helping wheelchair and disabled sailors. Sonni is a friend from Norway. When we took him sailing on Taleisin after the Risor Woodenboat Festival, he told us of his dream to get out on the Lord Nelson - one of the only sailing ships in the world fitted out so he could participate along with able bodied crew. Hope the USA someday has a ship like her in its sail training fleet.


Larry is working on deck construction details for his next book. Together we are looking at pilot charts and making lists of the work we will do on Taleisin to make her ready for another ocean passage come spring. And, we are finishing up some enjoyable sailing articles right now - my favorite being a quiz we call, Engine Quits Drill. Keep an eye out for it this summer in the magazines we work with.

A fun mid photo - we are sailing over the mainland this Sunday to take friends on a picnic sail then carry back three boxes of cuttings to plant on the banks behind Mickey Mouse Marine to keep dirt from sliding onto Larry's big thickness planer. Seems sailing, boatbuilding and gardening do go together.

Sonni sent us this souvenir of our visit to Risor. This is one of the last photos of the late Frank Mulville sailing with his wife Wendy on Iskra. As you can see, Iskra is of the type of sailing vessel that inspired Lyle Hess to draw first Seraffyn, then Taleisin for us.


Sincerely,
Lin and Larry Pardey


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