Australian Kayakers Successfully Paddled across the Tasman Sea

by OldSailor on January 14, 2008

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Australian Kayakers James Castrission, 25 and Justin Jones, 24, have successfully completed their transtasman kayaking odyssey on January 13.

  • They completed this adventure in their Lot 41 craft in 62 days against their estimated 42 days at sea. The adventure commenced on November 13, 2007.
  • Though the distance across the Tasman sea is 2200 km, they paddled an extra 1000 km because of adverse weather conditions.
  • They are the first kayakers to successfully kayak across the Tasman Sea.
  • They commenced their adventure from Forster in New South Wales of Australia and completed at New Plymouth in New Zealand.
  • More than 100 boats and kayaks joined them on the last few kilometres of their journey through the New Plymouth breakwater, and the cheers of thousands of well-wishers greeted them as they landed at Ngamotu Beach.
  • They were forced to ration their once-daily, 6000-calorie dehydrated meals due to their additional 20 days unplanned stay at sea.
  • As the desalination pump failed halfway through the journey, they had to manually desalinate the 10 litres of drinking water they needed daily. This was a tough task that took several hours.
  • On completion of their adventure, they were both declared physically fit after a medical examination.
  • The pair in the past had already kayaked the 2600km length of Australia’s Murray River.

Here is the map showing Tasman Sea

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Starting point, Forster in New South Wales of Australia

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Finishing point, New Plymouth in New Zealand

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Some photographs of the Kayakers:

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Here is a video clip of the Kayakers

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