Kayakers' rudder gets tangled mid-Tasman

Tuesday, 18 December 2007
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Justin, air guitar champ.
Justin, air guitar champ.
Our two Tasman adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones are half way between Australia and New Zealand. They posted a podcast on their site today telling people that they are in their most serious situation yet.

The rudder has become entangled in the cords of their sea anchor and to fix the problem, one of them will need to get in the water and untangle the rope. It is an extremely dangerous job to attempt to fix so they will try to repair it first thing in the morning.

The entanglement is putting a huge amount of stress on the rudder and it could break off leaving a giant hole in the back of the boat.

They are currently battling 30 knot winds and five- to seven-metre seas, with waves crashing over the kayak. Looks like it is going to be another sleepless night.

You can watch the podcast here.


Justin, air guitar champ.
Justin, air guitar champ.
Our two Tasman adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones are half way between Australia and New Zealand. They posted a podcast on their site today telling people that they are in their most serious situation yet.

The rudder has become entangled in the cords of their sea anchor and to fix the problem, one of them will need to get in the water and untangle the rope. It is an extremely dangerous job to attempt to fix so they will try to repair it first thing in the morning.

The entanglement is putting a huge amount of stress on the rudder and it could break off leaving a giant hole in the back of the boat.

They are currently battling 30 knot winds and five- to seven-metre seas, with waves crashing over the kayak. Looks like it is going to be another sleepless night.

You can watch the podcast here.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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