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Paul Lim rescued off Australia

Paul Lim from Victoria B.C. was rescued off his Spencer 35 "Kekuli" and taken aboard a Panamanian registered freighter after his Volvo MD-2 broke its mounts in 10 meter seas and high winds. News stories below.
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Do you know when Paul left Victoria? Did you know him in Victoria?

Thanks for the link to this thread by the way,

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Hi,
I'm a reporter with the Times Colonist. If anyone knows Paul, please get in touch at ljohnston @ timescolonist.com
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I do not know Paul. He lived at the same marina I live in but he left before I arrived. I think he left in spring 2008 possibly. A good friend, Ron Blackwell, does know Paul well and also lives here. Ron lives aboard the same design boat (Spencer 35) that Paul sailed.

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Thanks, sounds like he'll have quite the tale to tell when he gets back to Canada.

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Yes, it certainly does. He sailed from Victoria to Tahiti, Chile, around the Horn to South Georgia, and to South Africa before sailing this last stretch. All singlehanded.

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left BC 25 March, 2008 and on Mar 30, 2009 was in Puerto Montt, Chile

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"The MD2B Engine was rebuilt by Paul and is in good running order. Naturally, the motor mounts have been checked and appear good. This is critical in the event of serious heaving in tall seas" ...
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Wow - what a story and a happy ending (relatively)

I'm not sure if Paul is reading these postings but I just wanted to add my surprise and relief that Paul made it OK and is safely coming back to Victoria.

I worked with him at UVIC and he was always an interesting guy - always a little mad and had a great sense of humour and joie de vivre.

Very happy to hear he survived OK - too bad about the boat but if I know Paul he will already be joking about the experience.

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left BC 25 March, 2008 and on Mar 30, 2009 was in Puerto Montt, Chile

interestingly :
"The MD2B Engine was rebuilt by Paul and is in good running order. Naturally, the motor mounts have been checked and appear good. This is critical in the event of serious heaving in tall seas" ...
Just goes to show that you can very carefully check everything on your boat and be very prepared...and still get slammed by the very things you checked.

I hope we hear from Paul at some point. Hang in there dude!


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Paul is on his way to the Canary Islands on a bulk carrier now so I doubt we will hear from him for a while. If they don't plan any stops he will have no choice but to take the whole trip.

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