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Lost At Sea - 1 dead in the Southern Ocean

Pretty sad. Interesting documentary here about a boater who died trying to cross the Tasman Sea alone. He capsized and drowned only 35 miles from his goal. Has video journals chronicling his journey until the end.


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A sad story it is indeed. I first thought it is a real boater but when I figured out he went in a kayak, I couldn't believe it. It is like trying to climb Everest in flip-flops and a t-shirt.
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A sad story it is indeed. I first thought it is a real boater but when I figured out he went in a kayak, I couldn't believe it. It is like trying to climb Everest in flip-flops and a t-shirt.
Every now and then I see a post that makes me wish I wasn't a moderator and could vent enough bile that would see any user banned. Yours just made the list.

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In 2003, he made the first non-stop kayak crossing of the Bass Strait.[2] In 2004, he kayaked across the Gulf of Carpentaria. In 2006, he led an expedition in the Australian Antarctic Territory where they paddled over 800 km within the Antarctic Circle.[3]
Then the man covered more than 800nms across one of the most hostile bodies of water on the planet before succumbing and you have the unmitigated gall to suggest he was not a "real" boater ?
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Every now and then I see a post that makes me wish I wasn't a moderator and could vent enough bile that would see any user banned. Yours just made the list.



Then the man covered more than 800nms across one of the most hostile bodies of water on the planet before succumbing and you have the unmitigated gall to suggest he was not a "real" boater ?
what would you expect from a New York wanker?

I met andew in new zealand on a lecture tour. Incredible guy. If any person I've ever met was a "real boater" andrew was the guy. Huge stones, and a real nice guy.
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Maybe just maybe he simply expressed himself badly but FFS .....

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A very moving account, more so because one is privileged to see and hear the real impact on him and his wife.
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Wow, that was heartbreaking................
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Re: Lost At Sea - 1 dead in the Southern Ocean

In support of Invictus I have to admit I haven't a clue why a person would take a kayak on the Tasman Sea but then again I don't like being forced to wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle. I hope I don't get some of that bile for voicing my opinion but that's life.

The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was marred by tragedy when, during an exceptionally strong storm (which had similar strength winds to a lower-category hurricane), five boats sank and six people died. Of the 115 boats that started, only 44 made it to Hobart.
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Re: Lost At Sea - 1 dead in the Southern Ocean

Not sure what I said in order to be banned. It is a very simple downside risk analysis. Kayak does not offer any protection to a human being on one of the most inhospitable oceans outside its natural habitat, where risk of hypothermia in combination with a high likelihood of falling in the water may put him in a life threatening situation with almost 95% certainty.

Doing the same in the Caribbean would probably have been a different analysis.

One can still do lots of adventures without putting one's life at risk.

As to the 'wanker' comment, I would suggest that personal insults should be banned rather than a common sense comments.
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Then the man covered more than 800nms across one of the most hostile bodies of water on the planet before succumbing and you have the unmitigated gall to suggest he was not a "real" boater ?
I simply thought he was in a real boat by reading the thread title (berth, head), not a kayak. I should have been more explicit. It didn't apply to his 'boating/kayaking' skills which obviously he had.
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