To start off the comments...

For th
ose of you who have read Barry's book, Dear Mom, The Bare Chronicles, Claudette Haener, Barry's wife and friend who built the Seminole with him and then sailed to Mexico and onto Hawaii with him, passed away..  She provided several pictures for The Bare Chronicles, so knew about it, however she didn't get to see the completion of the book.  We would like to honor her
at this time.  

Barry wrote a letter to her on January 8th, 2008 when she was hospitaliz
ed
and dealing with her condition. 

She
entered into rest August 9, 2009.
Dear Claudette,
 
I know it's been a long time since we've talked.  This is all about you. 
I want you to know that I'll never forget.....ever. 
Those two cute girls I picked up hitchhiking. 
Oatmeal and raisins under the bridge.
You climbing on my motorcycle with your bag.
Your enthusiasm for the crazy adventure.
Superdog.
How you loved Scuzz.
Cooking on the Coleman in the container.
Living in the hull and sweeping up shavings before bedtime.
Big Mike, Tony, Red, Whompus and all the others who loved us.
Getting the crabs.
Our first night floating.
How good you were on board.
How much you loved me when I didn't deserve it.
The Moron Block and Tackle Choir.
Your tattoo.
Seeing you with your foot palms on your head.
Riding the train to Tepic.
Christmas in Mexico
Sailing and living naked.
Living on fruits and nuts.
Laughing about things that could have been more serious.
You standing up to me in the middle of the Pacific after the sheets fouled the prop.
Weeks of downwind fun.
Approaching Maui in the giant squall, filling the cockpit.
Your extra fine vegetarian cooking.
Starlit nights, at anchor.
How you loved and still love my Mom.
Dealing with Malcolm.
The way you always just pitched in and got it done....sanding, painting (you were real good), and varnishing....even better.
How our friends loved you for making them laugh.
For doing what was in your heart and sticking to it.
For believing in me even when we had nothing and there didn't seem to be a way.
Your faith in the Holy Spirit to keep us together and healthy.
The Day you left.
Your giant heart that so many love.

I don't know where this is going or how it got to here, but I do know that Claudette Laura Fain dove in, stuck with the gangley hippie bum, did things that few will ever do, cared and loved, and had to go.  My life has been greater for it and is filled with joyous memories of our time together.

It is quiet here in Hawaii....afternoon light, birds singing, dog is worn out, sleeping. 
It will rain soon and I like the sound as it pounds the roof.

I don't know much about what's going on sometimes.  It is just life asking us to bear more and try to understand.  Prayers and thoughts fly forth, life goes on all around.  Time and space are just human fantasies.  But I do know a thing. 

I never forget you....ever.  And I always pray you forgive me for everything I didn't do, and the things I did.  I wish you aloha and say mahalo friend, wife, love Claudette.  Bless you in your challenge and peace be in your life.

Tears and love,

Barr
y
BARRY SPANIER
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Paula Wickins now Adams said:   January 1, 2014 3:56 am PST
Hi Barry It's New Year's Day 2014. Suddenly was thinking of the past many moons ago. I was very grateful for spending one Christmas with your family in the 80s after winning Weymouth Speed Trials and having enough money to visit Maui. What an amazing experience it was. Life then did not get much better. Will treasure for always. If you bump into Fred (Hayward) say hi! If you still don't remember me I'm that English Mad Speed Sailor. Lots of love.x

Erick Haener said:   April 6, 2013 3:09 pm PST
Hey Barry it's erick Claudette's son I would really like to get in touch with you sometime so if you have a chance to email me I would appreciate it I can't get myself to finish the book cuz I don't want it to end the book means a lot to me and I can't express how thankful I am of you putting it togather hope you read this and can email back thank you again....

David said:   February 24, 2013 9:02 pm PST
MAJOR highlight of my Maui trip this year was meeting you. Just my friend and I walking along the harbour and asked you a question about your boat. I live in the Canadian Prairies so not too many experienced sailors in our part and not too many boats to compare. I am honored to have your book and had it read in two days and have already shared it out. Great read, great inspiration. Nice to meet Samantha as well. Hope to talk with you again.

Janet Tedsen said:   February 19, 2013 12:53 pm PST
Barry, Aloha and Love to your Mom from SF!

BOB WINSTON said:   January 18, 2013 7:25 pm PST
'Barry, I met you on my last day on Maui a few years ago. You were just taking delivery and installing a bowsprit/ pulpit on your westsail42.I looked inside the boat and was "inspired".I read the Bare Chronicles since then and would like to meet with you again. I'll be on Maui most of Feb.

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