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June 2005
Dear Friends:

First it was Christian and Gina Saleries, stopping by to drop off some books we'd loaned them and share one last dinner before they set sail for Tonga. A week later it was Kurt and Katie Braun, making a pit stop to say farewell so they could latch on to the southerly breeze and beat the northerly gales predicted to hit our area. They were headed towards the Solomon Islands, away from the wet and cold of the southern winter. For the first time I can remember, neither Larry nor I were in a hurry to join them. The weather at our home base was still wonderful, with almost no rain at all and temperatures that made us remind ourselves that it was actually late autumn, not summer. We had Thelma upgraded enough so we did not feel we had to do anything but enjoy owning her and learning to sail her better by going for day sails and overnight excursions to the local rivers. Besides, we were busy with several interesting projects, filming new footage for the 2 DVD's that will be ready soon, gathering information and writing the new edition of Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew which won't be ready for five or six months, making new oars and new galley fiddles for Taleisin. We also became deeply involved in working with some of the other 200 property owners on our island to keep the regional government from increasing our taxes by over 300%. (Our first foray into local politics, an interesting look at New Zealand's consultative government processes too). I even got caught up with trying to be a bit of a gardener and, with the encouragement of local gardeners I improved my kill rate from two out of three plants to about one out of five. Because of the family concerns that happen when you have aging parents, we'd known before hand that for the first time in 20 years, voyaging was not going to be the main focus of our year.

Thelma is still a learning experience for me; I am so spoiled by Taleisin's 8-inch bulwarks and strong lifelines. But I am getting more and more comfortable with going forward as I learn where to grab, where to put my feet.

Then the rains began, the nights turned chilly and the tower of firewood behind the cottage began shrinking. My Mom, in California, confirmed the date of her knee replacement surgery and Larry and I booked our flights north at the end of May to be with her. As we closed up the cottage, sorted banking, utilities, mail handling, made sure our fleet of boats was all secured, called to say good by to our NZ friends then packed up the bits and pieces we'd gathered for Taleisin, I thought a lot about the difficulties potential cruisers face, making the break from their shore bound lives to go off voyaging, balancing family cares and responsibilities. It was so easy for us when we set off 40 years ago as we owned nothing but the boat we'd just finished building, our families were young and healthy, we had no concerns about careers - just the bold confidence of youth and $5,000 in the bank. For those of you contemplating the break, persevere, it sure is worthwhile.

Thelma fits in nicely at Mickey Mouse Marine. She is on the tidal grid here, getting a quick scrub before she went out for a local race.

So now we are in sunny, over crowded southern California, surrounded by welcoming family and a mother who feels the build-up to her surgery was a lot more painful than the reality. Brownie, our 1986 Ford ¾ ton pickup with 9 foot camper is our rolling home for the next few weeks and once Mom is truly on her feet we will head north to rejoin Taleisin and spend the summer meandering through the islands of the Pacific Northwest.
Now cruising so close to reality I am having the "I can't waits", with my mind plotting how I am going to get the dinghy in the water as soon as we arrive at the marina in Victoria where I can row out and set my crab trap and begin feasting on Dungeness crabs. I want my bicycle out of the lazzarette so I can ride around the harbour from where Taleisin lies, to savour the buskers and waterfront festivities of downtown Victoria. Then there are the favorite anchorages and people from last summers meander, and an ever growing list of ideas for spots to explore people add to each time we mention having three months among the gulf islands and Puget Sound.

Jackie and Doug Truscott took this photo of us sitting at the end of our Jetty at Kawau Island

What a wonderful sense of freedom we have, a lovely cruising boat waiting for us, the only date on our calendar Mid-September when we are going to sail Taleisin to Seattle. We'll get her through the locks and into Lake Union for the Boats Afloat show to help raise some money for Footloose, the local sailors with disabilities group. Their members will be showing folks on board Taleisin for us all during the show. We'll be doing seminars and look forward to meeting any of you who are in the area.

With this destination shaping the last part of our summer I might actually be able to visit some of the places I've wanted to see in the Puget sound, but I won't list them here because I don't want to talk my self into a schedule. Better to wake up each morning and see where the wind will blow us, or what kewl party lies just a short sail away, or what good book, or inviting walk ashore or freshly met friend makes us feel like staying anchored right were we are for yet another day.

We are looking forward to some casual meandering on board Taleisin this summer, but I know we'll be lured into a few of the classic boat races that flourish around the end of the summer. Taleisin is reaching past downtown Vancouver in this photo.

Fair winds,
Lin and Larry

P.S. Our two DVD's, Get Ready To CRUISE and Get Ready To CROSS OCEANS, will be ready for shipping in mid-July. The folks at Wind and Sea Radio have also made a CD of the 70 minute interview we did with them in which we talk about how The two of us met, how we got involved in voyaging and about the adventure of sailing around Cape Horn. Our partners at Paradise Cay who distribute our books and DVD's have made the following offer: Order either DVD for $29.95 before July 30th and receive the Wind and Sea CD at no cost, order both DVD's together for $49.95 and the CD is also included.

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NAME THAT PRINT

Can anyone help us locate the artist or owner of the original of this painting? It is called "The Reward". We first saw it at a fish restaurant in Washington D.C about 25 years ago and bought a copy. That copy has faded and we'd love to be able to replace it.















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