About Lyn Foley

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 their 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.

After returning from their voyage in 2002, 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. During the Foley's first years ashore in Round Top Lyn 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 25 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 both received Ocean Cruising Club's Award of Merit which recognizes an outstanding voyage by an amateur sailor.

Visit www.LynFoley.com to see Lyn’s glass work jewelry.