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Buddies, a kayak, and the conquest of the Tasman. 'this is the gripping and inspirational account of 2 traditional blokes ... double-handedly proving that the Age of event isn't really 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 via kayak. Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley had come shut simply months previous - tragically, even though, no longer close to adequate to save lots of 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 would trigger from Forster at the mid-north coast of latest South Wales. within the strategy, they'd to stand dwindling meals offers, a string of technical difficulties, 14 days trapped in a whirlpool, and terrifying shut encounters with sharks. after they arrived in New Zealand, their friendship more advantageous than ever, they have been sunburnt, bearded, bodily and mentally wasted ... and, so much of all, chuffed to be alive. "... not anything ready them for the sixty two days of rapture, melancholy and euphoria ... finally it is a tale of the triumph of the human spirit." Lincoln corridor

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Even if, 2007 was once a brand new yr, and we needed to process the undertaking with a touch varied tack. We went for an procedure the place Justin’s accountability used to be to co-ordinate the reconstruction of the kayak, and mine used to be to discover one other $50,000 of sponsorship. Jonesy quite loved immersing himself within the extra designated paintings, whereas I looked to be greater on the substantial photo, conceptual stuff – it used to be an exceptional mix. We’d spend more often than not aside – together with education – and file again on the finish of the week on what we’d pointed out as our weekly ambitions. This distance revitalised our courting – it was once the one method lets care for one another. a part of the Lot forty-one reconstruction procedure was once to fly our clothier Rob Feloy throughout from the united kingdom to spend your time seeing the kayak at the water and aid devise a technique to mend the issues we’d been having. up to now, Rob concept it used to be a development factor, Graham acknowledged it was once a layout challenge, our electrician Craig blamed them either, whereas they either blamed him – no-one desired to settle for accountability. We didn’t particularly understand who to belief, so we requested as regards to 10 assorted pros within the marine layout global for his or her suggestion. Their feedback ranged from “The layout is a puppy – commence back” to “Put a keel within the backside and widen her beam”. We weren’t designers and located it tough to claim that one person’s recommendation was once extra applicable than someone else’s. Drawing up a matrix with the entire various principles, we begun a means of doing away with every one capability answer in accordance with instinct and customary experience. There appeared to be 3 believable techniques. For these nautically minded, they have been to: upload an extended keel line during the entire kayak; upload a lead bulb; or, ultimately, widen its beam – that's, make Lot forty-one wider. (Generally, the broader a craft, the extra reliable will probably be. ) Rob was once partial to the latter. We ordered a few foam and whilst he arrived in Australia we started to widen Lot forty-one. beginning stupidly large, we started the method of slicing her right down to a viable width – unusually, this had a profound effect on her preliminary balance. It used to be a time-consuming approach – including foam, then heading right down to the water to check it out – yet we have been eventually beginning to make a few optimistic steps in the direction of getting Lot forty-one seaworthy. In could 2007, I organised to staff for a yacht being introduced from Brisbane to the Philippines. We figured it was once an excellent chance to realize necessary sea miles and try out my seasickness on a long passage. Justin didn’t get around to it, so he chanced on himself in need of another adventure – we’d agreed firstly of the yr that he’d need to organise issues off his personal bat, and if he didn’t he overlooked out. To be sincere, i used to be extra dissatisfied in no longer with the ability to percentage an grand trip with him than in his loss of initiative. Our departure from the Royal Brisbane Yacht Squadron used to be behind schedule through the yacht now not being prepared – anything i used to be commencing to get used to! Chris, the Kiwi skipper, was once meticulous and wouldn’t depart till the yacht used to be a hundred consistent with cent prepared – a very good lesson in passage making plans.

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