Lee in the water Lee at the helm


LeCain Smith, the sea captain behind Windrose Productions, recognized his personal path to awakening early in life as the call of the sea led him to adventures beyond the horizon. Over the years, his explorations on ever-larger sailboats took him on many voyages to distant lands. On most of these trips, he signed on a cat as a member of the crew. Over time, he mastered many skills, including teaching sailing and navigation, boat building, boat deliveries, yacht surveying, acting as a harbormaster, and chartering boats as a licensed captain.

Meanwhile, his interest in complementary and alternative medicine increased, and he spent untold hours on massage table, carrying out "experiential research" under the hands of many skillful practitioners. He also became the grateful recipient of generous instruction in yoga, qi gong, breathwork practices, and other gems of holistic healing.

During the 1980's, he built a 43-foot sailing yacht named Perelandra on which he completed a six-year voyage around the world, accompanied by his first mate Sheila and, yes, a cat named Chowder. The research he did about steel boats before and during her construction, resulted in the book Steel Away: A Guidebook to the World of Steel Sailboats, one of the few books on the subject, though now out of print. After coming home to Maine in the late 1990's, he produced Far Away, a video documentary about the South Pacific section of their voyage, and The Maritime History of Brooksville for the historical society in the town where he lived and from whose harbor he chartered Perelandra.

"Captain Lee," as he is known by friends around the world, returned from his adventures on the world's oceans committed to diving into his inner ocean, that realm of innate wisdom that exists inside us all, one that he was now ready to enter. His experiences in that voyage of discovery led to his heartfelt desire to help others realize true holistic healing and inspired him to write the book Our Inner Ocean, a compendium of revitalizing self-care practices and physical and energetic treatment modalities.

Having returned to his native Maine, Capt. Lee took up the storytelling tradition of mariners of old. He called upon his trusted companion, the sea cat Chowder, to help him bring the complete tale of their world cruise to readers both young and old. Chowder was delighted to share her own view of things, and thus was born a new book—Sailing South 'til the Butter Melts—the first in a series about her amazing adventures on the high seas.


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