On January eleven, 2007, Andrew McCauley trigger from Tasmania in a sea kayak, aiming to be the 1st individual to paddle the 1600 km to New Zealand. It used to be to be the fruits of a life of expeditions that had obvious him offered the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the yr and determine himself as one of many world's most dear and well known adventurers. A month later, New Zealand specialists obtained a garbled misery name from him. His kayak was once noticed drifting and waterlogged simply eighty kilometres from the hot Zealand coast. His physique was once by no means chanced on. Vicki McAuley, Andrew's spouse, has written this e-book approximately her husband and his ultimate voyage. utilizing Andrew's journals, his video log and Vicki's own event, the adventure is introduced vividly to existence.
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I presumed you intended this . . . ’ John was once preserving up the outrigger that Ant had used at the Gulf journey. ‘OH, NO! ’ used to be Ant’s annoyed answer. What may we do? The water used to be so murky after the rain all week, let alone freezing. Ant donned his wetsuit. I didn’t have one with me, yet I went for a swim besides. Ant stated it was once character-building. i may examine a couple of different selection names for it! We did at the least have snorkelling mask, and we spent the following freezing hour scouring the murky backside, to no avail. loads of paintings had long past into that hood. or even even though it used to be just a prototype, it had the yacht ventilator on it, which got here the entire approach from Holland. This used to be serious to the undertaking. Ant used to be very lucky to obtain sponsorship from Air-Only Ventilators, and their product proved to be excellent. He didn’t are looking to lose it. I took complete accountability for the loss. It was once sincerely my challenge – I had now not devised a foolproof process for the garage of the hood, and so whilst I capsized available in the market, it went immediately to the ground. It used to be like a dish. the other way up, it had a few buoyancy, yet on its aspect, it packed with water nearly immediately and went to the ground so quickly we hadn’t spotted it. there has been a tremendous lesson there. John instructed chrome steel pivot palms to permit the hood to be kept at the rear deck after which moved over the cockpit whereas consistently being connected to the kayak. I resolved to make sure that every thing vital like that will continually be connected to the kayak. This used to be uncomplicated stuff and that i should still have already got identified it, yet occasionally we get complacent. I have been reminded, and was once super thankful that the reminder came about in a try out atmosphere instead of out within the actual deal. inside every week, I had a brand new hood made up within the storage at domestic, and the chrome steel pivot hands welded jointly by way of an area metalworker. I made this hood higher [sitting nearly 60 centimetres high], with extra vertical facets to offer extra of a self-righting impression. the assumption was once to put off the inflatable bladder at the again deck. I felt that counting on this was once harmful. It was once too liable to tremendous waves sweeping the deck and ripping it to shreds. through making the cover higher, I had an excellent fibreglass constitution that was once greater and higher in a position to deal with massive waves washing over the boat. I felt much more secure with this set-up. Early August We’re down in Wollongong back with John Tot and Jedda. those men were extraordinary in aiding me try out the boat and critiquing the information I had for doing this appropriately in large seas. Time is the main helpful commodity now we have, and so they gave theirs freely. I price their friendship greatly. I paddle out into the surf with the recent cover and John swimming beside me. John’s there to capsize me and convey me up if the hood doesn’t paintings. We’re at the fringe of the breakers. I tuck down less than and clamp the hood tight on best of the cockpit. I yell to John from contained in the boat: ‘OK, mate! ’ He shoves the boat demanding and over we pass. Bang! She bounces upright instantly. ‘Righto, mate, do it back!