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Author Archives: Lin Pardey

Newsletter for Summer 2017

Dear Friends A few weeks ago I flew to Rarotonga for a wedding that didn’t happen (run-away bride, but that’s another story.) Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands, is right along the so called “Milk Run”. But on the chart and from the description in the Sailing Directions, the only possible anchorage didn’t appear … Continue reading »

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Kawau Island Story (VIDEO)

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April 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends: Pundits say the best two days of a boat owner’s life are when they buy a boat and later, when they sell it. As Larry and I built our own cruising boats, I didn’t get the thrill of buying one though in each case launching day was pretty darned exciting. And when it … Continue reading »

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January 2017 Newsletter

With the long cold winter evenings keeping my northern friends inside, with the hot summer days and school holidays hopefully keeping my southern friends away from their desks and giving them some spare time, thought I’d share a story I wrote recently which shows that big feeling adventures can happen on the shortest of cruises … Continue reading »

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Cruising Tip: An elegant and highly useful rigging bag

An elegant and highly useful rigging bag A few weeks ago I posted this photograph of Larry on my Facebook page. He was cleaning out the rigging bag Jay Greer made as a gift for us when we launched Seraffyn. It served us for years and years, traveling not only on Seraffyn and Taleisin, but … Continue reading »

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July/August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends, It was almost 40 years ago, Larry and I had been cruising for just three years when I felt compelled to write an article called, People, the Bonus of Cruising. I am reminded of that because the past few months has been spiced by an array of people we met only because we … Continue reading »

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June 2016 Cruising Tip

An Affordable Fitting so you can Adding a Removable Staysail Stay There are many reasons to have a staysail stay or babystay, even if your boat is not cutter rigged, even if you don’t need the extra sail power of a staysail. As winds get heavier, a babystay will help ensure your mast stays straight.  … Continue reading »

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June 2016 Newsletter

On the surface, it appears as if everything in the world is changing. But a few weeks ago I was given proof that many things tend to stay the same. I had been invited to be a guest speaker at the Australian Maritime Museum’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festival in Sydney. Once there, I had … Continue reading »

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April 2016 Newsletter

The wondrously full (and occasionally over-full) days of the southern hemisphere summer have faded gently into autumn. Yesterday the late afternoon light actually seemed to make the breeze-swept cove sparkle. I couldn’t resist and decided to forget about a desk full of paperwork, a book project needing editing and to head out for a quiet … Continue reading »

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December Newsletter

Newsletter – December 2015   Dear Friends: As the holidays approach instead of my normal newsletter I’d like to give you a small gift. This is a chapter from the book I am slowly working on, one that might eventually be entitled, Taleisin’s Tales. The Wave that Was Waiting for Bill Bailey “Have you ever … Continue reading »

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November 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends Banners snapping in a fresh breeze.  Jamaican rhythms echoing across the water, laughter ringing from the booth across from mine where a comedian is spinning plates through the air, several thousand contented sailors filling the docks around me – Its boat show time in Annapolis.  I’d come to present some seminars, launch the … Continue reading »

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September 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, When we sailed in to Malta on board Seraffyn back in the mid-1970’s we moored alongside with one of the greats from the early days of ocean cruising, the late Humphrey Barton and his wife Mary. Humphrey, who was almost 76, had been a fighter pilot in WWI, then done a tremendous amount … Continue reading »

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