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June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I watched as the mainsail began to rise up the mast.  I turned to head toward my office where I hoped I could more easily ignore what was going on. But a few steps later I realized I wouldn’t get any work done. So I turned back and tried not to scrutinize every … Continue reading »

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April/May 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends; March, April, I call them the migration months. This is the time of year when cruising sailors decide to explore the waters around New Zealand before heading off for northern (warmer) climates. We have had almost a dozen people from five countries drop anchor here at Kawau, then row ashore to say hello. … Continue reading »

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March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: We arrived back at our island home on the mid-afternoon ferry earlier this month. As we came into the bay I noticed the British flag on an anchored boat and commented to Larry, “Handsome boat, might wander out tomorrow and invite the crew for a drink.” When I got up to the house … Continue reading »

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January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: Tan-bark colored sails are a rarity here in New Zealand, which is one reason we both noticed the yacht as it came into North Cove. The second was the rig, a ketch with a gaff-rigged main and mizzen. The third, it was sailed in, drifting before the gradually dying southwesterly until the crew … Continue reading »

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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends We had just come ashore after spending a few hours on board Taleisin with two potential voyagers. The cold, early spring wind made the hot chicken and bean soup particularly welcome.  “We are both tired of the rat race, tired of working just to consume, definitely don’t need a 2600 square foot house,” … Continue reading »

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October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends: During the many years we have wandered the globe, we’ve acquired a long list of favorite destinations, favorite anchorages. When we’re asked to name them it is usually the beauty of the surroundings which makes certain places jump into our minds. Larry always starts his list with Gouvia, the almost perfect anchorage just … Continue reading »

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August/September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I never realized just how special voyaging under sail was until Larry and I decided to take a serious tour of the US Western states. For the past two and a half months, we’ve spent most of our time living in the camper mounted on a pickup truck while we traveled through Nevada, … Continue reading »

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June 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends If ever you get a chance to work in a sail loft, grab it! Looking back over my entire checkered career, I can’t think of any job that paid greater dividends or provided more laughs than the winter I spent with Crusader Sails in Poole, England. Not only did I learn how new … Continue reading »

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April 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends: Larry and I agreed. We’d know we were rich when we could afford to hire someone else to scrub and antifoul the bottom of Taleisin. and any of the other boats in our lives. Ahhh! the luxury of watching someone else getting wet and dirty from head to toe as they attacked the … Continue reading »

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February 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends Why would anyone willingly leave a New Zealand summer, complete with perfect sailing weather and long, long days to spend three weeks in the dark and freezing winter weather of Toronto and Chicago? As Larry and I listened to the dire weather reports; blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, thousands of cancelled flights, we too began … Continue reading »

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December 2013 Newsletter

Yesterday, I was reminded just how easy it is to forget the really important things when your eyes are glued to a computer screen. I’d spent most of the day answering emails and preparing for our upcoming trip to the January Toronto and Chicago Boat shows and making notes for ‘important things I should be … Continue reading »

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October 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends Both us are suffering from a surfeit of nostalgia. A combination of history, editing and modern technology has brought moments from the earliest days of our partnership alive. Here’s the story: About three years ago, Herb McCormick was commissioned to write a biography about Larry and I. It was made clear that this … Continue reading »

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