The Cruising Club of America selected Lin and Larry Pardey to receive its prestigious 2009 Far Horizons Award in recognition of their lifetime of cruising and voyaging. The award will be presented on March 5 by CCA commodore Sheila McCurdy during the club's annual awards dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York.
Lin and Larry Pardey were married Oct, 31, 1968 in Newport Beach, Calif., and on that same day they launched Seraffyn, a Lyle Hess-designed cutter they built themselves. Seraffyn was 24 feet, 7 inches LOA (length overall) with an 8-foot 11-inch beam, and the boat had no engine. They began their trip eastward through the Panama Canal and then crossed over to Europe. For 11 years, they cruised the Mediterranean and Baltic seas and then headed south through the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and on to Japan. From there, they traveled to Canada and south back to Newport Beach for a total circumnavigation of 47,000 miles.
Fifteen years to the date, Oct. 31, 1983, they launched another Hess design, Taleisin, which was 29 feet, 6 inches, with a 10 foot. 9 inch beam, and 17,800 lbs. displacement. Similar to their previous boat, this vessel has no engine. They sailed westward from California through the Pacific to New Zealand. With time, they continued westward to South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, the British Isles, Norway, and then to the East Coast of the U.S. They then voyaged south to Argentina and rounded Cape Horn westbound and crossed their outbound track, which completed their circumnavigation in 2003.