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Lin and Larry Pardey are a married couple famous internationally for their expertise in small boat sailing. They have sailed over 185,000 miles together, having circumnavigated the world both eastabout and westabout. They have also sailed westabout (against the prevailing winds) past all the great southern capes, including Cape Horn. Larry built the two boats they used for two circumnavigations. Both boats were under 30 feet and were designed by Lyle Hess. Neither boat had an engine (except for an outboard on the dinghy which they carried on board Taleisin). They have also delivered race boats and charter boats.
Larry also was one of the first people to sail across the Sahara desert in 1967. In an expedition organized by the French Colonel de Buchett and sponsored by National Geographic among others, he captained a North American team of three including Richard Arthur and Warren Zeibarth as they sailed landyachts from Colum bechar in Algeria to Noachott in Mauritania, a distance of approximately 1700 miles. For this each was awarded the Mauritanian Legion of Honor.
Larry (born 1939 in Victoria, British Columbia) won the International Oceanic Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation in 1996, and was presented this honour by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne in 1997.
Lin (born 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) was awarded the Geoff Pack award by the Ocean Cruising Club in 2001 and they both received the SSCA Service Award in 2004. They currently race a 110 year old cutter in New Zealand but still cruise on board their cutter Taleisin part of each year. They have recently completed another circumnavigation, bringing them and Taleisin back to their homebase in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf.
Together they have written eleven books and created two VHS tapes and four DVDs.
In May 2007, Lin and Larry entrusted the foundry casting patterns for Taleisin to the safe keeping and management of the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito, California. The patterns will be used for education programs at the Center by the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding and loaned to others who wish to have parts cast. In 2011 the patterns have been moved to the Mystic River Foundry www.mysticriverfoundry.com.
The Cruising Club of America awarded their prestigious Far Horizon Award for 2009 to Lin and Larry in recognition of their combined voyaging on board many boats covering mileage totalling more than 200,000 for Larry and about 194,000 for Lin and doing so in a manner that is consistent with the goals of this the CCA.
Awards received by Lin and Larry include:
Adlard Coles Heavy Weather Sailing, 6th Edition edited by Peter Bruce
Yachting Monthly, March 2012 - 25 Cruising Heroes -http://zno.zinio.com/page/?issue=416209799&pg=26&categoryId=cat1960028
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