YARNS, NARRATIVES AND BIOGRAPHIES. Page Eight.


JOSHUA SLOCUM, BERNARD MOITESSIER, BILL TILMAN, TRISTAN JONES, THE PARDEYS



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  • High Mountains and Cold Seas
  • Mischief in Patagonia
  • Mischief among the Penguins
  • Mischief in Greenland
  • Mostly Mischief
  • Mischief Goes South
  • In Mischief's Wake
  • Ice With Everything
  • Triumph and Tribulation
  • To Venture Further
  • The Incredible Voyage
  • Sailing Alone Around the World - Stanford Travel Classic
  • Sailing Alone Around the World
  • The Long Way
  • Cape Horn - The Logical Route
  • Sailing to the Reefs
  • A Sea Vagabond's World
  • Cruising in Seraffyn, Tribute Edition
  • Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure
  • Seraffyn's European Adventure
  • Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure
  • The Real Deal. DVD
  • The Real Deal. USB
  • Taleisin's Tales
  • As Long as it's Fun
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    HIGH MOUNTAINS AND COLD SEAS.
    The Life of H W 'Bill' Tilman. Soldier, Mountaineer, Navigator.
    By J R L Anderson. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 414 pages. (This Edition Published 2017) 0.66 kg

    Harold William 'Bill' Tilman (1898-1977) was among the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering mountaineer and navigator who held exploration above all else.
    The son of a Liverpool sugar importer, Tilman joined the army at seventeen and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery during WWI. After the war Tilman left for Africa, establishing himself as a coffee grower. He met Eric Shipton and they began their famed mountaineering partnership, traversing Mount Kenya and climbing Kilimanjaro.
    He was the first European to climb in the remote Assam Himalaya, delved into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor and explored extensively in Nepal, all the while developing a mountaineering style characterised by its simplicity and emphasis on exploration.
    It was perhaps logical that Tilman would eventually buy the pilot cutter Mischief, not with the intention of retiring from travelling, but to access remote mountains. For twenty-two years he sailed Mischief and her successors in search of them- to Patagonia, where he made the first easterly crossing of the ice cap, to Baffin Island to make the first ascent of Mount Raleigh, to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and islands in the far Southern Ocean, before disappearing in the South Atlantic in 1977.

    J.R.L.Anderson's High Mountains and Cold Seas draws on a wealth of personal correspondence between Tilman-a compulsive letter writer-and his immediate family and close friends, crafting the first detailed account of the extraordinary life of this remarkable, but very private individual.

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    MISCHIEF IN PATAGONIA.
    An intolerable deal of sea, one halfpennyworth of mountain (1957)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 202 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.35 kg

    One of the great sailing and exploration adventures.

    Tilman, well in to his fifties, progressed from sailing a 14-foot dinghy to his own 45-foot pilot cutter Mischief, readied for her deep-sea voyaging, and recruited a crew for his most ambitious of private expeditions. Well past her prime, Mischief carried Tilman, along with an ex-dairy farmer, two army officers and a retired civil servant, safely the length of the North and South Atlantic oceans, and through the notoriously difficult Magellan Strait, against strong prevailing winds, to their icy landfall in the far south of Chile.

    The shore party spent six weeks crossing the Patagonian ice cap, in both directions, returning to find that their vessel had suffered a broken propeller. Edging north under sail only, Mischief put into Valparaiso for repairs, and finally made it home to Lymington via the Panama Canal, for a total of 20,000 nautical miles sailed.

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    MISCHIEF AMONG THE PENGUINS.
    'Hand (Man) wanted for long voyage in a small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure ' (1961)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 191 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.32 kg

    With unclimbed ice-capped peaks and anchorages that could at best be described as challenging, the Southern Ocean island groups of Crozet and Kerguelen provided obvious destinations for Tilman and his fifty-year-old wooden pilot cutter Mischief. His previous attempt to land in the Crozet Islands had been abandoned when their only means of landing was carried away by a severe storm in the Southern Ocean.

    Tilman’s account of landfalls on these tiny remote volcanic islands, bears testament to the development of his ocean navigation skills and seamanship. The accounts of the island anchorages, their snow-covered heights, geology and in particular the flora and fauna pay tribute to the varied interests and ingenuity of Mischief’s crew, not least after several months at sea when food supplies needed to be eked out.....

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    MISCHIEF IN GREENLAND
    "Only a man in the devil of a hurry would wish to fly to his mountains, forgoing the lingering pleasure and mounting excitement of a slow, arduous approach under his own exertions. (1964)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 215 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.32 kg

    First published fifty years before political correctness became an accepted rule, Mischief in Greenland is a treasure trove of Tilman’s observational wit.
    In this account of his first two West Greenland voyages, he pulls no punches with regard to the occasional failings, leaving the reader to seek out and discover the numerous achievements of these voyages. The highlight of the second voyage was the identification, surveying and successful first ascent of Mount Raleigh, first observed on the eastern coast of Baffin Island.

    For the many sailors and climbers who have since followed his lead and ventured north into those waters, Tilman provides much practical advice.
    Tilman’s typical gift of understatement belies his position as one of the greatest explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century.

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    MOSTLY MISCHIEF
    Including the first ascent of a Mountain to start below sea level. (1966)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 212 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.36 kg

    Mostly Mischief’s ordinary title belies four more extraordinary voyages made by H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman covering almost 25,000 miles in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.

    The first sees the pilot cutter Mischief retracing the steps of Elizabethan explorer John Davis to the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Tilman and a companion land on the north coast and make the hazardous crossing of Bylot Island while the remainder of the crew make the eventful passage to the southern shore to recover the climbing party. Back in England, Tilman refuses to accept the condemnation of Mischief’s surveyor, undertaking costly repairs before heading back to sea for a first encounter with the East Greenland ice.

    Between June 1964 and September 1965, Tilman is at sea almost without a break. Two eventful voyages to East Greenland in Mischief provide the entertaining bookends to his account of the five-month voyage in the Southern Ocean as skipper of the schooner Patanela.
    Tilman had been hand-picked by the expedition leader as the navigator best able to land a team of Australian and New Zealand climbers and scientists on Heard Island, a tiny volcanic speck in the Furious Fifties devoid of safe anchorages and capped by an unclimbed glaciated peak.

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    MISCHIEF GOES SOUTH
    'Every Herring should Hang by its own tail'. (1968)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 194 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.33 kg

    In 1966, after a succession of eventful and successful voyages in the high latitudes of the Arctic, Tilman and his pilot cutter Mischief head south again, this time with the Antarctic Peninsula, Smith Island and the unclimbed Mount Foster in their sights.
    Mischief goes South is an account of a voyage marred by tragedy and dogged by crew trouble from the start.
    Tilman gives ample insight into the difficulties associated with his selection of shipmates and his supervision of a crew, as he wryly notes, ‘to have four misfits in a crew of five is too many’.

    The second part of this volume contains the account of a gruelling voyage south, an account left unwritten for ten years for lack of time and energy. Originally intended as an expedition to the remote Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, this 1957 voyage evolved into a circumnavigation of Africa, the unplanned consequence of a momentary lapse in attention by an inexperienced helmsman.

    The two voyages described in Mischief goes South covered 43,000 miles over twenty-five months spent at sea.

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    IN MISCHIEF"S WAKE
    'In the Joy of the Actors Lies the Sense of Any Action. That Is the Explanation, That the Excuse. ' (1971)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 171 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.30 kg

    The first of the three voyages described in In Mischief’s Wake gives H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman’s account of the final voyage and loss of Mischief, the Bristol Channel pilot cutter in which he had sailed over 100,000 miles to high latitudes in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.

    Back home, refusing to accept defeat and going against the advice of his surveyor, he takes ownership of Sea Breeze, built in 1899; ‘a bit long in the tooth, but no more so, in fact a year less, than her prospective owner’.
    After extensive remedial work, his first attempt at departure had to be cut short when the crew ‘enjoyed a view of the Isle of Wight between two of the waterline planks’.

    After yet more expense, Sea Breeze made landfall in Iceland before heading north toward the East Greenland coast in good shape and well stocked with supplies. A mere forty miles from the entrance to Scoresby Sound, Tilman’s long-sought-after objective, ‘a polite mutiny’ forced him to abandon the voyage and head home.

    The following year, with a crew game for all challenges, a series of adventures on the west coast of Greenland gave Tilman a voyage he considered ‘certainly the happiest’, in a boat which was proving to be a worthy successor to his beloved Mischief.

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    ICE WITH EVERYTHING
    'In Climbing Mountains or sailing the Sea one often has to settle for less than one hoped' (1974)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 159 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.28 kg

    Three more voyages, ‘the first comparatively humdrum, the second totally disastrous, and the third exceedingly troublesome’.
    The first voyage describes Tilman’s 1971 attempt to reach East Greenland’s remote and mountainous Scoresby Sound. The largest fjord system in the world was named after the Whitby whaling captain, William Scoresby, who first charted the coastline in 1822. Scoresby’s two volume Account of the Arctic Regions provided much of the historical inspiration for Tilman’s northern voyages and fuelled his fascination with Scoresby Sound.

    With a good crew aboard in 1971, it was particularly frustrating for Tilman to find the boat blocked by impenetrable ice off the entrance to the fjord. He refused to give up; his obsession with Scoresby Sound continued in 1972 and after a series of unfortunate events Sea Breeze ended up between a rock and an ice floe with a failed engine and a disastrous outcome.

    Safely back home in Wales, the inevitable search for a new boat began. ‘One cannot buy a biggish boat as if buying a piece of soap. The act is almost as irrevocable as marriage and should be given as much thought’. The 1902 Pilot Cutter Baroque, after not inconsiderable expense, proved equal to the challenge after Tilman’s first troublesome voyage in her to West Greenland in 1973....

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    TRIUMPH AND TRIBULATION
    'No Ship should be without Tabasco Sauce' (1977)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 200 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.34 kg

    A younger, less experienced crew join Tilman in 1975, this time heading north along Greenland’s west coast until a break in the boom necessitates the abandonment of the objective and an early return. ‘ The following year proves to be Tilman’s last voyage in his own boat.

    Tilman never expected crews to pay, covering all the costs of his voyages personally. He therefore held the quite reasonable view that his crew would pull their weight, show loyalty to the ship and take the rough with the smooth. Sadly, the crew in 1976 fell far short of that expectation, forcing several changes of plan and eventually obliging Tilman to leave Baroque in Iceland. Not for the first time in Tilman’s remarkable 140,000 miles of voyaging is he moved to quote Conrad: ‘Ships are all right, it's the men in them.’

    Tilman set a high standard and led by example; where his companions rose to the challenge, as they did in the majority of his expeditions, the results were often remarkable.

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    TO VENTURE FURTHER
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 152mm x 228mm, 3020 pages, This Edition Published 1999

    Ancient Chinese legends tell of heroic attempts to navigate the waterways of the Kra peninsula which divides the Andaman Sea from the Gulf of Thailand. Yet for centuries there was no record of a successful crossing – none, that is, until renowned sailor Tristan Jones took on the challenge.

    To Venture Further is the inspiring story of this memorable exploit. Accompanied by his German mate, Thomas, and three disabled Thai youths, Jones makes the short but exceedingly difficult passage across the Kra in a small seagoing fishing boat.

    Facing floating debris, homemade dams, mechanical failure and precariously low funds, Jones – whose left leg was amputated several years before – remains determined to win out against all obstacles, no matter how insurmountable they seem.

    With characteristically acerbic wit, Jones offers shrewd commentary on the westernization of modern Thailand, bemoaning the destruction of a once-idyllic land. And whether confronting a band of raucous teenage monk, outwitting pirates, or cruising a dry riverbed by hitching his boat onto an elephant, he continues to exhibit the awesome stubbornness and implacable courage of a man willing to sacrifice all comforts for the unknown and seemingly impossible.

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    THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 150mm x 230mm, 390 pages, This Edition Published 2022

    Tristan Jones sailed a small craft on the lowest body of water in the world, the Dead Sea in Israel--and the highest, Lake Titicaca in the Andes.
    During this intrepid six-year voyage, he traveled a distance equal to twice the circumference of the world.

    This gripping sea yarn is at once a riveting adventure story and a testament to human tenacity.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 10.20kgs, 130mm x 200mm, 164 pages, This Edition Published 20216

    Joshua Slocum spent a lifetime at sea. He ran away from his Nova Scotia home at the age of fourteen and for the next thirty-five years he sailed the world holding every shipboard rank. When a ship under his command was wrecked on the coast of Brazil in 1887, it seemed that his maritime career had ended in disgrace.

    Not one for retiring to earthy pastures, Slocum rebuilt a hundred-year-old sloop and set off from Boston in 1895 on the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe.

    For more than three years Slocum battled stormy seas, attacks from raiders and pirates, and of course loneliness. He crossed the Atlantic no fewer than three times, spent weeks thrashing against the elements around Cape Horn, and found shelter in numerous exotic harbours.

    Sailing Alone around the World is the extraordinary story of one man’s courage and resourcefulness, and has an enduring and universal appeal as a landmark of world adventure.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 125mm x 200mm, 304 pages, This Edition Published 2016

    Joshua Slocum's epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the thirty-seven-foot sloop Spray stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of single-handed voyaging and has since been the inspiration for the many who have gone to sea in small boats.

    Starting from Boston in 1895 and dropping anchor in Newport, Rhode Island, over three years after his journey began, Slocum cruised some forty-six thousand miles entirely by sail and entirely alone.
    Slocum's account of his voyage is a classic of sailing literature, acclaimed as an unequaled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose

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    THE LONG WAY
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 135mm x 210mm, 252 pages, monochrome drawings and maps. Sheridan House Edition 2019
    The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn.
    For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish, Moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for another three months before ending his 37,455-mile journey in Tahiti.
    Not once had he touched land.

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    CAPE HORN The Logical Route
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 251pages, monochrome drawings.
    Ship wrecked and destitute Bernard Moitessier find himself in Trinidad going through options to get himself to sea, then a phone call changed his situation in a way he never thought possible, fortune shone on him again. After accepting a passage back to Europe on a freighter he started from scratch and once again got the boat he wanted. Built of steel and a sea-kindly hull Joshua took Bernard and his wife to Tahiti where life was as it should be.
    The time comes when one has to take another tack and so to get back to Europe, Cape Horn was The Logical Route. Francoise his wife was not an experienced sailor and the journey was not easy but Joshua looked after them.
    Bernard Moitessier writes with a great sense of philosophy, never dramtic, always calm and accepting of the conditions Moitessier writes a very readable book. This book also has a chapter Designer's Notes which has a lot of discussion on the seaworthiness of that particular design, worth reading if you are looking at a specific cruising design.

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    SAILING TO THE REEFS
    By Bernard Moitessier. Softback, 295 pages, 138mm x 215mm, 0.39kg Published this Edition 2001

    Perhaps the title of this book, (Bernard Moitessier's first), should have been "Sailing on the Reefs'--for that is exactly what he did, almost unbelievably, twice.
    After finding his beloved Marie-Therese, a beautiful junk in the Gulf of Siam, he set off across the Indian Ocean for Africa and eventually the Caribbean. Eighty days or so into the trip, Moitessier and Marie-Therese found themselves on the reef at Diego Garcia.

    It took Moitessier just nine months to build Marie-Therese II from scratch in Mauritius with no boat plans or power tools. From her launch he sailed her down to South Africa. His observations during a stay of almost two years are as interesting as the people he met and the innovative boat improvements he came up with. Unfortunately, he and Marie-Therese II managed to end up on the rocks near St. Vincent in the Caribbean.
    In between these two heartbreaking disasters is a tale of courage, resourcefulness, and creativity. It is told with refreshing honesty, in which Moitessier, still really an apprentice sailor, admits his blunders. And it is told with marvelous humor.

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    A SEA VAGABOND'S WORLD.
    By Bernard Moitessier. Softback, 150mm x 230mm, 215 pages. This Edition Published 2019

    "I would like now to write a practical book that will cover three topics: boats, the sea, and the beachcombing life." These were the thought of Bernard Moitessier after he finished writing his last book, Tamata and the Alliance, while in Polynesia.
    The great master died in 1994 and never completed the book, but here it is, meticulously collected from his many writings, published and unpublished, by his companion Véronique Lerebours Pigeonnière.

    Moitessier's notebooks include all the know-how and the 1001 tips of this legendary sailor, the knowledge he acquired on the water, in meeting with sailors, during long passages, and during his many years living on various islands.
    The first part of the book details how to prepare for an extensive cruise, what kind of boat to choose, the rigging, the sails, the anchors, on deck and below deck. The second part describes the passage: the weather, navigation, watch-keeping, and heavy weather. In the third part, Moitessier takes us to the South Sea islands and shows how to adapt to living on an atoll, gardening, fishing and attaining self-sufficiency.

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    CRUISING IN SERAFFYN, Tribute Edition.
    By Lin and Larry Pardey, Paperback, 153mm x 229mm, 208 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs.
    Let Cruising in Seraffyn introduce you to a special world. The first of a fur-book series, it is full of the sights, sounds and people of Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and the islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Read how Lin and Larry built their wooden 24-foot engineless cutter and set off hoping for a few months of true freedom in spite of limited finances. Share their excitement as they learn how to earn as they go and sail even further afield.
    These two persuasive sailor/writes set out convincing arguments to get you chasing your dream sooner than you think – be it exploring the world under sail or adventuring towards a new goal.
    A favourite of sailors and armchair sailor for over four decades, this book is more than a first-rate tale and love story; it is also a carefully thought-out guide to living aboard a small boat, with fun and good seamanship as guiding principle.
    This tribute edition, created by Lin to honor Larry, includes a new foreword, updated appendices and a colour insert showing Seraffyn during her circumnavigation and afterwards, under the guardianship of subsequent owners – which proves that Larry really did build her to last for 50 years or more.

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    SERAFFYNS MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE. 30th Anniversary edition.
    By Lin and Larry Pardey, Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 256 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Join Lin and Larry Pardey onboard their cruising cutter Seraffyn as they explore the history-laden waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For three years they meandered under sail eastwards from the rocky monolith of Gibraltar to the imposing stone ramparts of Malta. They share stories here of the kaleidoscope of peple who filled their days along the way, from the british military officers who joined them for day races to the officials who turned them into smugglers (not of drugs but a boat full of yeast, flour, vegetables, propane - and eventually twenty dollars worth of noodles!).

    Lin's warmhearted storytelling will draw you into their cruising life and reveal the secrets that kept this well-known couple wandering the watery reaches of the world for more than forty years. Lin and Larry paid for their apparent freedom by working along the way - delivering and repairing yachts, and writing for magazines around the world. Their motto - Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now - has inspired thousands of potential voyagers to stop dreaming and set out to sea.

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    SERAFFYNS EUROPEAN ADVENTURE.
    By Lin and Larry Pardey, Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 320 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    After crossing the Atlatic - described by the authors as "slaying the dragon" - they arrived on the south-west coast of England, where they coasted eastwards, stopping where the fancy held them and where good friends were made. They wintered at Poole, in Dorset about half way along the south coast, to work to pay for the next leg of the trip - the Baltic in the spring.
    They visited Denmark, Sweden, Finland and dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while people greeted them with flowers, fruits and sweets. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale on their way to Cuxhaven in Germany, and then back for another winter in England.
    From there they set out for the Mediterranean - and the adventures described in their books reviewed above!

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    SERAFFYN'S ORIENTAL ADVENTURE.
    By Lin and Larry Pardey. Pbk, 155mm x 230mm, 252 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This is the last and possibly the best in the series of three voyage adventures in the authors' yacht Seraffyn. It is jam-packed with high adventure and also good information on seamanship, planning, companionship and sensitivities to people.
    The book describes intimate details of life on a small boat, along with the interesting people the Pardey's meet in each port. The underlying theme of this Oriental Adventure is the demands of passagemaking as the vessel sails up through the China Seas and across the north Pacific.

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    THE REAL DEAL. Larry Pardey. Legendary Sailor & Adventurer
    By Mike Anderson/ Maverick Pictures. DVD, 93 minutes Running Time. 0.07 kgs. 2021.

    From the stormy seas of Cape Horn to the wilds of the Sahara Desert, few modern sailors have seen more adventures nor inspired more dreams than Larry Pardey.
    Sailing more than 200,000 miles and circumnavigating both east-about and west-about in engine-free boats he built himself.
    Co-authoring 12 books and creating 5 videos, Larry has been called "The Enabler"

    The Real Deal is an intimate profile which centers around Larry and Lin's voyage south of Cape Horn, the so-called 'Mt Everest of Sailing'. Filled with at-sea footage, interviews with a variety of friends and associates, archival film clips and photographs, the story is narrated via quotes from Herb McCormick's acclaimed biography of the couple - As Long as It's Fun.

    Lin provided access to dozens of hours of previously unseen video footage shot by her and Larry during their voyages.

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    THE REAL DEAL. Larry Pardey. Legendary Sailor & Adventurer
    By Mike Anderson/ Maverick Pictures. USB, 93 minutes Running Time. 0.02 kgs. 2021.

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    TALEISIN'S TALES.
    SAILING TOWARDS THE SOUTHERN CROSS
    By Lin & Larry Pardey. Paperback, 0.50 kgs, 152mm x 230mm, 190 pages. Colour photographs, published 2016.

    Including stories from paradise and hard-won lessons in seamanship, Taleisin’s Tales reflects back to the first miles Lin and Larry Pardey gained together on their second boat – one they built lovingly with teak carvel planking over sawn black locust frames. The book begins with the boat launch and the transition from their cherished Seraffyn, and includes details from outfitting, provisioning and final detailing during the early months Lin and Larry spent getting to know their new bluewater cruiser, as well as moments of melancholy as they let go of attachments to their first trusty boat that took them around the world.

    The story takes the reader through those initial cautious 1000 coastal miles between California and the Sea of Cortez, discussing everything from sail handling to dinghy racing to the relative luxuries of bicycles and a custom-built sitztub. It reveals surprising and pleasant engagements with other sailors and locals along the Baja peninsula. Then it launches the reader across the Pacific, sailing with the Pardeys on Taleisin’s first offshore leg to French Polynesia, through the Cook Islands and Tonga, then on to New Zealand, where they eventually made their new home.

    In the style readers have come to know through the Pardeys’ ever popular Cruising in Seraffyn series and Lin’s award winning Bull Canyon, this book relates stories sometimes harrowing, sometimes cautionary, sometimes hilarious – and often heart-warming, especially when it comes to encounters with the people of the South Pacific who become family. If there is a lesson to be gained from reading Taleisin’s Tales, it’s that slowing the pace and taking each day as it comes brings unexpected moments of clarity and joy. And that sailing across an ocean on a small boat is not easy but, with the right partner and attitude, can be beautifully rewarding.

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    AS LONG AS IT'S FUN The epic voyages and extraordinary times of Lin and Larry Pardey
    By Herb McCormick. Paperback, 0.39 kgs, 152mm x 230mm, 280 pages. black and white photographs, published 2014.

    After 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, Lin and Larry Pardey have demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon not only is attainable, it's also affordable. The Pardey's message has proved irresistible to tens of thousanads of sailors, and with their rare ability to share what they have learned Lin and Larry have become "cruising royalty". All offshore cruisers seem to know who Lin and Larry are and what they represent.

    Or do they?

    Through interviews with families, friends and critics, Herb McCormick delves into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing accomplishments. As long as it's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, making it not only a sailing saga but also a very human one.

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    YARNS, NARRATIVES AND BIOGRAPHIES. Page Eight.


    TRISTAN JONES, JOSHUA SLOCUM, BERNARD MOITESSIER, BILL TILMAN



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