In Seraffyn’s European Adventures you will join Lin & Larry Pardey on the southwest coast of England, where they coasted eastward, stopping where fancy held them, where good friends were made, to winter at Poole, and work to pay for the next leg of the voyage – the Baltic in the spring. They visit Denmark, Sweden, Finland, dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while the people greeted them with flowers, fruits and sweets. The couple weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale on their way to Coxhaven, Germany, and back for another winter in England.
“…what is remarkable is that she [Lin Pardey] can draw a nonsailor into these special subjects and make them as comprehensible and absorbing to a landlubber as they would be to someone about to set out on the same itinerary in a small boat of his own” – R. Sokolov, New York Times Book Review
About the Authors
Lin and Larry Pardey have voyaged together for more than four decades, completing both eastabout and westabout circumnavigations on board their own self-built, engine-free cutters, Seraffyn and Taleisin. During their most recent east-to-west voyage, they sailed below four of the great Southern Capes, including Cape Horn. An avid racing sailor from the age of 17, Larry worked as first mate on the 140-ton, 85-foot schooner Double Eagle, voyaging on her to Hawaii and along the coast of Mexico before meeting Lin. Larry, along with Leslie Dyball, won first on handicap in the exceptionally stormy 1974 Round Britain two-handed race. Lin and Larry have delivered more than two dozen boats across oceans and raced on their own and others boats. To date, Lin has sailed almost 185,000 miles and Larry has accumulated over 200,000 miles at sea. In 1996, Larry received the International Oceanic Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation, presented by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, for meritorious voyaging using traditional navigation methods. During the same year, Lin received the Ocean Cruising Award for being the person who has done the most to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft and the practice of seamanship and navigation in all branches. In 2000, both were inducted into the Cruising World Hall of Fame.
Lin and Larry s articles have appeared in: Cruising World, Sail, Good Old Boat, Wooden Boat, Practical Sailor, Yachting World, Yachting Monthly, Classic Boat (UK), Cruising Helmsman (Australia), Boating New Zealand, South African Yachting, Nautica Brazil, and Yacht (Germany). Their books and video programs have been published in the United States, England, and New Zealand; three have been translated into German. More recently Lin has written a best selling memoir called , Bull Canyon,a boatbuilder, a writer and other Wildlife. the Pardey’s now spend most of the year in New Zealand where they explore the islands of their adopted country on board their self built 29 foot cutter Taleisin.
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