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Old 20-06-2016, 13:15   #1
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Looking for Walter and Claudia Plenk of Whirlwind XII

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My wife Jen and I cruised the S. Pacific from 1999 to 2005 on our 35' Hallberg Rassy Rasmus, Sojourner. We became friends with Walter and Claudia Plenk on their 105' sloop, Whirlwind XII in Palmerston, and cruised with them to Beveridge, Nuie and Tonga. We have lost touch with them and would like to catch up with them again.

Last time I saw them was in Fiji around 2003, and I know they went back and forth to NZ at least a half dozen times.

Does anyone know their whereabouts now?

Thanks,

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Old 20-06-2016, 16:55   #2
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Re: Looking for Walter and Claudia Plenk of Whirlwind XII

Steve,

No offense intended, it has been a long time since you've had contact with them, and one does wonder if there is something a little off about the request.

However, giving a fellow cruiser the benefit of the doubt, let me suggest a search of marinetraffic.com. Whirlwind most likely has an AIS transponder, and if it is on, it should show up there. It will take you some time to cover the whole world, but it might work for you.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Steve.
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Old 21-06-2016, 06:16   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Steve.
Thanks Gord - good to be back in the cruising community. Just purchased Sojourner II, a Brewer 12.8, so will be on the forum regularly.
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Steve,

No offense intended, it has been a long time since you've had contact with them, and one does wonder if there is something a little off about the request.

However, giving a fellow cruiser the benefit of the doubt, let me suggest a search of marinetraffic.com. Whirlwind most likely has an AIS transponder, and if it is on, it should show up there. It will take you some time to cover the whole world, but it might work for you.

Ann
Hi Ann,

No offense taken. There's nothing off about the request, just trying to get back in touch with old friends. Cruising friendships never die no matter how long we are out of touch. I'm not trying to find the physical location of Whirlwind since I believe they sold her - at least I saw an add a couple years ago when she was laying in NZ. I'm just trying to catch up with in general as friends.

Fair Winds,

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Hi Ann,

No offense taken. There's nothing off about the request, just trying to get back in touch with old friends. Cruising friendships never die no matter how long we are out of touch. I'm not trying to find the physical location of Whirlwind since I believe they sold her - at least I saw an add a couple years ago when she was laying in NZ. I'm just trying to catch up with in general as friends.

Fair Winds,

Steve
Best of luck. I have nothing else to offer but know what you mean. Some people you just don't forget.
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Re: Looking for Walter and Claudia Plenk of Whirlwind XII

I googled their name and got a number of sites about them.
Good luck!
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I googled their name and got a number of sites about them.

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Hi Seajester

Thanks - I did that too extensively - all leads led me nowhere.


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