Lin and Larry Pardey

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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 200,000 miles together, having circumnavigated the world both east-about and west-about. They have also sailed westward (against the prevailing winds) past all the great southern capes, including Cape Horn. Larry, assisted by Lin, 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)[1] 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)[1] was awarded the Geoff Pack award by the Ocean Cruising Club in 2001 and they both received the SSCA Service Award in 2004.

Together the two have received many awards for their contributions to the sport of sailing. They have also helped raise funds for different groups of Sailors with Disabilities, in Norway, USA, UK and New Zealand, including CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) and Sailability Auckland.

Boatbuilding and repair work provided their main means of financing their voyaging until recently. They have restored three truly classic yachts, two of which were more than 100 years old when they found them in need of attention. The most recent, a New Zealand cutter, Thelma was built in 1885. Survey's found over 95 percent of her original hull in good condition. The Pardeys' repaired the rest and raced her during southern summers in New Zealand while cruising northern Climates the rest of the year on board their cutter Taleisin. They have recently completed another circumnavigation, bringing them and Taleisin back to their homebase in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. Soon after their return, Thelma was adopted by a boatbuilder in Wellington where she can still be seen out racing 117 years after she was launched.

Together they have written eleven books and created five instructional DVD programs. Parts of these programs have been aired on PBS television.

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. In 2011 the patterns were moved to the Mystic River Foundry where parts can be ordered with a 1% donation going to the Spaulding Center.

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 totaling 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.

In January 2014, a biography written by Herb McCormick and called - As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey was released by Paradise Cay Publications. Reviews have been excellent and the book was in the Amazon top 100 sellers list for over a week after Wall Street Journal featured a review written by Angus Phillips.

Also in January 2014, due to Larry's diminishing health, the Pardey's began looking for the next sailors to own their 29' cutter, Taleisin. She was sold to two young New Zealanders and now is kept in Auckland.

Lin has begun publishing books by other authors under the L&L Pardey imprint. Among the titles are: Blown Away, written by Herb Payson. This is a 25th Anniversary edition with a new foreword by Lin. In Autumn 2015, she will release Voyaging with Kids, a Guide to Family Life Afloat written by Behan Gifford, Sara Dawn Johnson and Michael Robertson.

Lin and Larry continue to reside on Kawau Island. Lin is one of the founding members and honorary secretary of the Kawau Island Boating Club.

Awards received by Lin and Larry include:

  • Mauritanian Legion of Honour, as Captain of first American team to sail across the Sahara Desert in a land yacht,1967.
  • Outstanding Sailor of the year –West Vancouver Yacht Club 1978
  • French Sailing Federation – Silver medal, Landyachting 1967
  • Cruising Sailors to contribute most to the sport of Sailing - voted by readers of Sail Magazine 1990.
  • International Oceanic Award - presented by Royal Institute of Navigation sponsored by Little Ship Club 1995 - in recognition of Larry's voyaging using traditional methods of navigation.
  • Ocean Cruising Club Award - for contributions to Seamanship for small boat sailing. Presented to Lin Pardey 1996.
  • Geoff Pac Memorial Award- to both Lin and Larry for fostering and encouraging ocean cruising in small yachts 1998
  • Cruising World Hall of Fame-2000
  • Ocean Cruising Club Merit Award –To Lin and Larry for inspiring voyages including a west-about rounding of Cape Horn 2003
  • Seven Seas Cruising Club Service Award – To Lin and Larry for their lifetime voyaging achievements 2004
  • Cruising Club of America Far Horizons Award- To Lin and Larry for lifetime achievements and contributions to seamanship 2009
  • Sail Magazines Top 40 Sailors who made a Difference–2010- Citation - As America’s first couple of cruising, Lin and Larry have inspired countless sailors.
  • Yachting Monthly - 25 Cruising Heroes Only non-British sailors chosen. March 2012

Taleisin voted

  • Best of Show – Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival 1984
  • Best of Show – Sydney Woodenboat Festival 1990
  • Best of Show – Cape Town South Africa Wooden boat festival 1993
  • Best of Show - Cruising Division – Risor (Norway) 1997
  • Best of Show - Victoria British Columbia Wooden Boat Show 2003
  • Best of Show – Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival 2005

Seraffyn voted

  • Best of Show – Newport (Rhode Island) Wooden Boat Festival 2009



VHS tapes:

  • Cruising Coral Seas
  • Cruising with Lin and Larry Pardey
  • Voyaging with Lin and Larry Pardey
  • The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
  • Storm Tactics


  • Cruising Has No Limits ISBN 1-929214-17-0
  • Get Ready to Cruise
  • Get Ready to Cross Oceans
  • Storm Tactics
  • Cost control While You Cruise

Further reading[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Lin & Larry - The Cold Hard Facts (bio)". Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 

Adlard Coles Heavy Weather Sailing, 6th Edition edited by Peter Bruce

Yachting Monthly, March 2012 - 25 Cruising Heroes -

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