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Larry's Family Tree
Genealogical information dating back to the 1500s
Larry's Old Photos
Box of old photos found of Larry's family going back to the 1930s
Larry's friends he has acquired since 1991 

Australian home
We purchased a home in Australia. Click here for photos.

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My Sailing Adventures  (Large file - slow loading if on dialup)
Written 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.

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IsaLei-Rua Information

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 in 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. When they were sailing south to Brisbane, Jan & I went aboard IsaLei-Rua in Bundaberg and found her to be still in excellent condition and all systems running smoothly.

They are planning to put IsaLei-Rua on the market due to health problems that make 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, 2007".


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Computers - computers & mobile devices instruction & repair, gourmet cooking, building websites, electronics, gardening, gemstone 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. In 1986, 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.  We spent the next 6 years exploring the Pacific from Mexico to Australia. Eventually, we settled in northern New Zealand. IsaLei-Rua was sold at Easter 2000 and we moved to Australia where the weather was kinder.

I now live in beautiful, warm Australia and have become an Australian citizen.

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