submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 19.12.2011
Author: James Castrission
When Published: 2009. Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD
Available: From the Crossing the ditch website. And all good bookstores
Description: Format, Paperback. Pages, 336. Dimensions (mm), 234x153x23mm
The story of how James Castrission and Justin Jones rowed a kayak from Australia to New Zealand
"Our journey across the Tasman was frightening at times. Sharks tearing at our hull, 30-foot waves crashing over our kayak, and the possibility that the stern of the boat might be ripped away; these were all very real fears. Who were we to take on the Tasman Sea? But the little kid inside me screamed, 'Go on, mate, give it a go.' James Castrission, from Crossing the Ditch. No one had ever successfully navigated the Tasman by kayak from Australia to New Zealand. Andrew McAuley had come close just months earlier - tragically, though, not near enough to save his life. But two young Australians, James Castrission and Justin Jones, reached the sand at New Plymouth - and a place in history - on 13 January 2008, 62 days after they'd set off from Forster on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. They were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted ...and, most of all, happy to be alive"
Don't forget to also purchase, Crossing the ditch, the DVD
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