Go Anyway: Sailing Around the World with Parkinson's by Lin Pardey
Two California hippie artists watched enviously as elegant yachts cruised the waters of San Francisco Bay. A dream was born - they'd work just long enough to earn money to run away to sea. Eighteen years later, Lyn and Jim Foley sold everything - down to the last teacup - and moved aboard 40-foot Sanctuary. Then, just before they ventured under the Golden Gate Bridge to follow their dream 43-year-old Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. They decided to go anyway. Go Anyway tracks Jim and Lyn's ten-year adventure, logging more than 35,000 sea miles and 39 countries - from getting their sea legs, to the storms that tested their skills and perseverance, from languorous days savored in romantic tropical anchorages, to the hustle of foreign cities. And all the while, they battled the fierce foe that was Jim's illness, learning life lessons that can be appreciated by sailors and non-sailors alike. Go Anyway is a story of true grit, of warmth and laughter, and ultimately, of triumph over adversity.
As clearly described in the first chapters of Go Anyway, Lyn Foley was not a sailor before the dream of offshore voyaging came into her life. She gained her skills on the often boisterous waters of San Francisco bay, taking classes ranging from boat handling to celestial navigation. Only after taking a trial voyage (a challenging passage upwind from San Francisco to British Columbia,) did she and Jim feel they were ready to attempt a longer voyage.
As a fabric artist and later, jewelry maker, her writing was at first limited to the newsletters sent out to friends as the voyage of Sanctuary progressed. She later contributed articles to various magazines
Since returning from their voyage, Jim and Lyn settled in the small Texas town of Round Top where she learned the glass art of lampworking. She now designs and creates one-of-a-kind glass jewelry which has been included in the collections of many galleries and is featured at art fairs throughout Texas. It was during this time that she wrote this highly readable narrative, hoping to encourage both sailors and those with physical limitations to ignore the nay-sayers and attempt to live their dreams.
More than 23 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's and despite ever worsening symptoms, Jim Foley still works at designing and creating silver jewelry. At the same time he is highly active in experimental testing to find ways to combat the symptoms of his disease.
In 2000 Lyn and Jim were recipients of the Ocean Cruising Club- Award of Merit which recognizes an outstanding voyage by an amateur sailor.
Visitwww.LynFoley.com to see Lyn's glass work jewelry.