The painting depicts Lin and Larry Pardey in the cockpit of their reefed 24ft timber sloop Seraffyn, sailing past the Kronborg castle in May 1973
The scene is based on a photograph taken by Tom Nibbea, which he provided to the Pardeys and was included on the cover of their first book. Lin provided me with a copy of the original photo showing Seraffyn sailing in gale conditions and looking in her element, with two reefs in the mainsail, and comfortably powering through the challenging sea conditions. My painting expands the overall scene with the additional gaff rigged yacht sailing inshore and a broader interpretation of the sailing conditions.
Further information on Lin and Pardey’s voyaging in both Seraffyn and Taleisin can be found on their website which includes their wide range of books and other information on this famous cruising couple.
Designed by Lyle C. Hess
Built by Larry Pardey
Length Overall: 24ft 4in
Beam: 8ft 11in
Displacement: 10,686 lbs
Engine: None – used 14 ft ash sweep for sculling