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- Genealogical information
dating back to the 1500s
Box of old
photos found of
Larry's family going back to the 1930s
friends he has acquired since 1991
- Australian home
- We purchased a home
in Australia. Click here
- My Sailing Adventures
(Large file - slow loading if on dialup)
account of my voyage from 1990 until 1996. The countries
visited were: USA, Mexico, French Polynesia, American Samoa, Western
Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia.
IsaLei-Rua, shown below on her mooring in
Matauwhi Bay in NZ. In May 2000, she was sold to Bob & Jacquie
Donovan, an Aussie couple who sailed her home to Perth, Australia,
arriving November 2000. They sailed her around the top of Australia via
Cairns and Darwin. The voyage took about 4 months. IsaLei-Rua is now an
Australian registered vessel with the home port of Fremantle, Western
Australia. In 2005, the Donovans sailed her to Tasmania and
2006 they sailed up the east coast of Australia stopping along the way.
In September 2006, they sailed to the Louisiades of
Papua New Guinea, returning to Australia in November 2006.
they were sailing south to Brisbane, Jan & I went aboard
in Bundaberg and found her to be still in excellent condition and all
systems running smoothly.
are planning to put IsaLei-Rua on the market due to health problems
it impossible to continue offshore sailing. An Email from the Donovans
dated 17 January, 2007 states, "Isalei-Rua now has new owners being
Arie & Lenie Smit who took ownership on Friday, 5 January,
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- Everyday chores of home ownership (gardening,
maintenance, painting, car maintenance etc.)
how to live amongst the Aussies
- Exploring Australia
- Putting our genealogy and family history on the internet.
up with computer technology, viruses, spyware etc.
research via the Internet, microfiche, microfilms, old newspapers and
Gemstones & mounting the stones into jewelery - retired (faceting
Authoring for Australian Clubs.
- Computers - computers & mobile
gourmet cooking, building websites, electronics, gardening,
faceting, metal casting, genealogy, jobs around the home, internet,
tinkering & traveling.
I was born in
Canada, and I lived for several years in
Alberta where I worked, married, and raised 2 sons.
I was transferred to
Vancouver in the early 80's, bought a 27ft yacht, and learned to sail.
we sold that boat and bought IsaLei-Rua, a 37ft yacht specifically
designed and built for offshore sailing. In June 1990, after working
for the same
company for 30
years, a long anticipated retirement came and we went offshore sailing.
spent the next 6
years exploring the Pacific from Mexico to Australia. Eventually, we
settled in northern New Zealand. IsaLei-Rua was sold at
2000 and we moved to Australia where the weather was
I now live in beautiful, warm Australia and have become an Australian citizen.
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- In the Winter 2007 issue of the Company retiree
Touch', they did an article about me and my retirement. Click
the intro page and click here
for the full article.
Stuffed Friends' - In 2012, I wrote a pictorial story about
stuffed friends I had
acquired since sailing in Mexico in 1991. ( 15 August, 2016)
is their story.
(2.2 MB pdf file, may
take a few seconds to download)
- Received a Life Membership in the local Gem
& Mineral Club - August 10, 2013. Click here
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