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NZ Rower Collects His Boat For Tasman Bid

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Dec 31 NZPA - Auckland adventurer Shaun Quincey arrived in Australia today to pick up the 7m rowboat Tasman Trespasser 2, in which he hopes to cross the Tasman Sea.

Tomorrow his father, Colin Quincey, -- who made the only successful solo crossing 32 years ago -- will arrive to take the boat out on Sydney Harbor and give his son a few tips.

Next week it will be taken to Coffs Harbour to be loaded with a solar-powered water still, and other equipment for the voyage. Food stores will include 20 packets each of spaghetti bolognaise, chicken curry and beef pasta, and 140 chocolate bars for snacks.

Shaun Quincey, 24, will start the row when the right weather patterns arrive during the next few weeks.

He wants to beat his father's 1977 record -- 63 days and seven hours -- for crossing from Hokianga in Northland to Marcus Beach in Queensland. He expects to be at sea for about 50 days and to row about 3000km to reach Taranaki, which is 2300km from Coffs Harbor in a direct line.

In February 2007, Australian kayaker, Andrew McAuley, 39, drowned as he neared Milford Sound on a solo voyage, but two Australians later rowed together from New South Wales to Taranaki, taking 62 days.

The latest bid follows a marathon 14 month fundraising and construction programme, with the boat costing about $60,000 and safety gear $15,000.

Shaun Quincey has previously won national titles racing surf rescue boats and will use the voyage to promote the Surf Life Saving Association.

Earlier in the year he tried to break a record for rowing 1000km, and set a new world record for 500km but tore a pectoral muscle at just over 800km after rowing for 100 hours with just 9 hours sleep.

Shaun Quincey has said that if he makes it across the Tasman, he would like to organise an international race across "The Ditch".


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