I spent three weeks meeting with people in England, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France. My husband Bob joined me during the middle week. The Netherlands were stunningly informative: Editorial Board member Rutger ten Broeke and his wife Blanka arranged meetings with the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Sea Faring Museum, the Zuiderzee Riijks Museum in Enkhuizen, the Batavia Project in Lelystad, and the Nederlands Instituut Voor Scheeps-en Onderwater Archeologie. What I learned underscored the Netherlands as the birthplaceof yachting. Rutger and I met with designers Gerard Dijkstra and Andre Hoek, and discussed distribution of the Encyclopedia in the Netherlands with Klaas Jan Hoeve, editor of Zeilen Magazine, and while visiting the Spakenburg Nautical Festival met Wim de Bruijn, editor of the magazine Spiegel der Zeilvaart.

And in a very moving meeting with Mr. J. Beekman, the 80-year-old builder of our boat CIRCE, we discovered that she was built to a design of Mr. Beekman's older brother and not of Albert Strange, as had been passed down in CIRCE'S ship lore. We own a Dutch designed and built boat!

Bob and I then drove to Koln, Germany, to meet with writer Kristin Lammerting who has written the Max Oertz entry for the book.She has her own book coming out in the spring of the year 1999 about Kaiser Wilhelm II's five Meteor yachts, quite an extraordinary history of these famous racing yachts.

In Milan, Italy we met with Ricardo Villarosa, editor of Yacht Digest Magazine and our new Editorial Board member representing the Mediterranean. He secured a list from yacht historian Franco Belloni of almost 100 possible Italian yacht designers to include in the book. In a memorable dinner meeting, Ricardo, yachting journalist Paola Pozzolini, Whitbread racer Pierre Sicouri, and nautical publisher Fabio Ratti spent hours debating the pros and cons of people on the list, and ultimately selected 22 designers for the book.

In Paris, Jacques Taglang spent many hours with me working on the French and Swiss yacht designer list. He and fellow writer Francois Chevalier (they co-wrote the definitive AMERICA'S Cup Yacht Designs 1851-1986, and the two-volume American and British Yacht Designs books) are also interested in a French language edition of the book. We hope to use many of Chevalier's beautifully drafted drawings in the EYD.

England was amazing: I got to meet with Mr. Keith Beken of Cowes on the Isle of Wight complete with tour of the archives - what an honr! Editorial Board member Adrian Morgan set up appointments for me to meet Ian Dear, Martin Black, and Classic Boat Magazine editor Nic Compton. William Collier and I spent most of one day at his officeat Fairlie Restorations outside Southhampton - he is going to coordinate all UK entries prior to 1939, a formidable task. And I got to meet with the good staff at our publisher's (W.W. Norton) London office. All told, a most productive journey.

Designed and built by William Fife in 1935, well known in the U.S. as Hurrying Angel.

Laughing Gull, the ten Broeke's
Sparkman & Stephens yawl.

Rutger and Blanka ten Broeke with Batavia

Mr. and Mrs. J. Beekman, Lucia, and Andre ten Broeke

Lucia, Kristin Lammerting and friend in front of the Five Meteors painting

In Milan (l-r), Sicouri, Villarosa, and Pozzolini