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Old 12-01-2009, 12:46   #16
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Oh the memories... I've never known a 3/4 ounce spinnaker to hold out so well against such a breeze that came out of nowhere. To the point of Kanani trying to climb out of her bow wave over hull speed (9+ knots)... yet still the spinnaker held! What a pity the home-made spinnaker sock did not work quite as anticipated.
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Welcome Carl,

I'm new to this site, but love to sail. I started out as a pilot (aircraft) and found out that sailing and flying have alot in common.

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Old 26-07-2010, 22:26   #19
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while reading these posts I was reminded of The Voyage of the Golden Lotus by Brian Clifford which I thoroughly enjoyed some years ago and just had to find it at the library and read it again. Just finished and loved it all over again. Where are the rest of the crew? They were amazing and their story was fascinating.
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What became of the crew of the Golden Lotus...

I can't speak for Max Matthews but my father (Graham Clifford) lives in Waimate North near Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand and my Uncle Brian has retired to Nelson (top of the South island). Last I heard, the Golden Lotus was fully refurbished and currently resides near or on Lake Taupo.
The book indeed is quite a read, especially considering the era in which the voyage took place.
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Good to be 'speaking' to you, the son of one of those adventurers. I live in northland too. Would love to one day get down to Taupo and have a look at the Golden Lotus.
Yes, truly remarkable what they did and when they did it.
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