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The former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for the New York Times, Herb McCormick is an accomplished offshore sailor who has raced and cruised from above the Arctic circle to Antarctica, and countless places in between. An award-winning journalist, his recent books include One Island, One Ocean, a first-person account of the historic Around the Americas expedition, a circumnavigation of North and South America via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn. He lives in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island, with his daughter Maggie.

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Every story needs a storyteller. The fascinating tale of Lin and Larry Pardey stretches across nearly half a century and touches much of the earth and its oceans, shared lives pulsing with adventure, creativity and passion. Herb McCormick navigates the Pardeys' sprawling journey like one of their own cutters skimming along the surface of a calm sea. They lived in many worlds and McCormick's prose slips seamlessly among them, whether describing the complexities of boat construction, the breathtaking beauty and harrowing danger of global navigation or the economics of life on the fly. Lin and Larry thrived in an esoteric life of their own making; McCormick is a genial and informed guide with an insider's knowledge and a poet's voice. In his hands, their journey is ours.'' -- Tim Layden, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
I'm a sailor, I've read all their books, I thought I knew most of it. But Herb McCormick's story of the extraordinary life of Lin and Larry Pardey blew me far away. While inhabiting our world, the Pardeys discovered another one for themselves that may be the stuff of all our dreams, but is beyond the grasp of most of us. They told us that we could get there ourselves by doing as they did, but the Pardeys are hard-working, Houdini-calibre escapologists from the world the rest of us have lived in. This is in fact the rarest of tales, a story of the life two people lived that is as fabulous as the Arabian Nights, as Stanley in Africa, as any exploration of the Right Stuff in Space--That's one part of this book. The other is the Pardey's singularly qualified biographer. Herb McCormick has written professionally about the sea and cruising sailors for forty years; he has sailed the globe from Polar icecap to Cape Horn, in every kind of boat and weather. No one--not even the Pardeys--could frame this story as clearly and contextually as Herb McCormick has in this magnificent book. This is a life story to set alongside Slocum, Scott, Amundsen, Lindberg, or Odysseus. -- Peter Nichols, author of international bestsellers, Evolution's Captain and A Voyage for Madmen
Lin and Larry have always inspired me. Their mix of supreme seamanship, respect for the sea, and deep humility is recipe for successful cruising. In the hands of Herb McCormick, the Pardeys are revealed not just as sailing icons but as people, as husband and wife with frailties, fears and concerns just like the rest of us. This biography of one of cruising's great couples is destined to be a classic. -- John Kretschmer, author of Sailing A Serious Ocean. At The Mercy of the Sea, Flirting With Mermaids, Cape Horn to Starboard
Long before Lin and Larry encouraged us to keep cruising As Long as it's Fun, they exhorted us to unshackle our landlubberly chains and Go Simple, Go Small, Go Now. Four decades, many books and oceans later, the minimalist adventurers chose master storyteller Herb McCormick to bring their story home, which he has done superbly--from childhood memories to burying the anchor in New Zealand. Serious sailors will learn things valuable about voyaging under sail--and about life. -- Dan Spurr, author of Steered by the Falling Stars, River of Forgotten Days
Opening at an anxious moment in Taleisin near Cape Horn, Herb McCormick insightfully and vividly tells the fascinating story of the active lives and always challenging times of the most famous couple afloat. He makes clear not only how but why, after more than 170,000 miles of voyaging in wooden boats, the Pardeys remain as colorful, controversial, and influential as ever.. -- --John Rousmaniere, author, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, etc
"Every story needs a storyteller. The fascinating tale of Lin and Larry Pardey stretches across nearly half a century and touches much of the earth and its oceans, shared lives pulsing with adventure, creativity and passion. Herb McCormick navigates the Pardeys' sprawling journey like one of their own cutters skimming along the surface of a calm sea. They lived in many worlds and McCormick's prose slips seamlessly among them, whether describing the complexities of boat construction, the breathtaking beauty and harrowing danger of global navigation or the economics of life on the fly. Lin and Larry thrived in an esoteric life of their own making; McCormick is a genial and informed guide with an insider's knowledge and a poet's voice. In his hands, their journey is ours.'' -- Tim Layden, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
"I'm a sailor, I've read all their books, I thought I knew most of it. But Herb McCormick's story of the extraordinary life of Lin and Larry Pardey blew me far away. While inhabiting our world, the Pardeys discovered another one for themselves that may be the stuff of all our dreams, but is beyond the grasp of most of us. They told us that we could get there ourselves by doing as they did, but the Pardeys are hard-working, Houdini-calibre escapologists from the world the rest of us have lived in. This is in fact the rarest of tales, a story of the life two people lived that is as fabulous as the Arabian Nights, as Stanley in Africa, as any exploration of the Right Stuff in Space--That's one part of this book. The other is the Pardey's singularly qualified biographer. Herb McCormick has written professionally about the sea and cruising sailors for forty years; he has sailed the globe from Polar icecap to Cape Horn, in every kind of boat and weather. No one--not even the Pardeys--could frame this story as clearly and contextually as Herb McCormick has in this magnificent book. This is a life story to set alongside Slocum, Scott, Amundsen, Lindberg, or Odysseus." -- Peter Nichols, author of international bestsellers, Evolution's Captain and A Voyage for Madmen
"Lin and Larry have always inspired me. Their mix of supreme seamanship, respect for the sea, and deep humility is recipe for successful cruising. In the hands of Herb McCormick, the Pardeys are revealed not just as sailing icons but as people, as husband and wife with frailties, fears and concerns just like the rest of us. This biography of one of cruising's great couples is destined to be a classic." -- John Kretschmer, author of Sailing A Serious Ocean. At The Mercy of the Sea, Flirting With Mermaids, Cape Horn to Starboard
"Long before Lin and Larry encouraged us to keep cruising As Long as it's Fun, they exhorted us to unshackle our landlubberly chains and Go Simple, Go Small, Go Now. Four decades, many books and oceans later, the minimalist adventurers chose master storyteller Herb McCormick to bring their story home, which he has done superbly--from childhood memories to burying the anchor in New Zealand. Serious sailors will learn things valuable about voyaging under sail--and about life." -- Dan Spurr, author of Steered by the Falling Stars, River of Forgotten Days
"Opening at an anxious moment in Taleisin near Cape Horn, Herb McCormick insightfully and vividly tells the fascinating story of the active lives and always challenging times of the most famous couple afloat. He makes clear not only how but why, after more than 170,000 miles of voyaging in wooden boats, the Pardeys remain as colorful, controversial, and influential as ever.." -- --John Rousmaniere, author, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, etc

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