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Associates, a kayak, and the conquest of the Tasman. 'this is the gripping and inspirational account of 2 usual blokes ... double-handedly proving that the Age of experience isn't over!' PEtER FItZSIMONS With greater than thousand kilometres of treacherous seas and dangerously unpredictable climate and currents, it used to be little ask yourself no-one had ever effectively crossed the tasman through kayak. Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley had come shut simply months prior - tragically, although, no longer close to adequate to avoid wasting his lifestyles. yet younger Sydneysiders, James Castrission and Justin Jones, reached the sand at New Plymouth - and a spot in background - on thirteen January 2008, sixty two days after they might trigger from Forster at the mid-north coast of latest South Wales. within the method, that they had to stand dwindling foodstuff provides, a string of technical difficulties, 14 days trapped in a whirlpool, and terrifying shut encounters with sharks. once they arrived in New Zealand, their friendship greater than ever, they have been sunburnt, bearded, bodily and mentally wasted ... and, such a lot of all, chuffed to be alive. "... not anything ready them for the sixty two days of rapture, melancholy and euphoria ... eventually it is a tale of the triumph of the human spirit." Lincoln corridor

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This went on six occasions. I simply couldn’t bear in mind – the fatigue used to be eventually commencing to get to me. “Right. if you happen to can’t have in mind now, Jonesy’s going to need to do the push-ups for you until eventually you get it. ” After Justin took forty push-ups for me, i eventually bought it correct! To today, he reckons the final couple I “forgot” on function – sorry, mate. Then the hallucinations all started. I observed a seven-foot-two child in nappies sucking its thumb and Jonesy observed both surreal items. The imagery used to be so bright, but there has been nonetheless a few cause inside me announcing it was once an phantasm. They endured to punish us, usually attempting to holiday the bond that Justin and that i had with each other – pitting us opposed to one another and attempting to reason pressure among us. during this, no less than, they failed miserably. We have been a united unit during the workout, which performed an important function in us getting in the course of the regime. We continuously inspired one another, took push-ups for the opposite one while one in every of us was once dealing with a coarse patch, and we saved shut. This used to be to be one of many key elements that acquired us around the Tasman. jointly, we have been a crew 10 occasions more durable to damage than if there’d simply been one among us. We made it via to 70 hours, then the running shoes pulled the plug. “You bastards are prepared for the Tasman – you’re as tricky as nails,” Pat advised us as we sat at Coogee seashore, consuming fish and chips that he’d shouted us. It used to be the 1st signal of love any of them had proven us in 3 days. because the first greasy chip (with poultry salt) touched my tongue, it looked as if it would wake me up from a trance. For the 1st time in days, I regarded round on the “civilians” taking part in and sunbaking at the seashore; at 3am, we’d been doing sprints and push-ups, approximately to puke the place they now lay. regrettably, I’ll by no means rather be capable of examine Coogee an identical method back. nonetheless, we have been deeply happy that we’d bought in the course of the education, as we hadn’t had any thought how we have been going to react. After a number of days R&R, we again to fact – development delays and monetary pressures. In October 2006, we learnt that Andrew McAuley were placing jointly a bid to get around the Tasman prior to us. It wasn’t the truth that he was once trying to move the Tasman that we stumbled on disappointing and tricky, it used to be how he’d long past approximately it so secretively. We’d been to a lecture of his in August on a contemporary Antarctic paddle he’d performed and he’d pointed out that his subsequent excursion used to be to be a kite-sled journey to the South Pole (a kite-sled being precisely that – a kite-powered sled that may have the ability to cost throughout Antarctica at hurries up to a hundred and fifty kilometres in keeping with hour). think our shock, then, after we have been advised by means of the Australian Maritime protection Authority and 2 folks that he was once making plans to “beat them [i. e. us] around the Tasman”. We have been stressed. Why hadn’t he advised us of his plans? there has been lots of scope for us to nonetheless interact and exhibit the variations among our expeditions – he’d be paddling solo in a stock-standard kayak, and he’d be leaving from Tasmania.

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