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Adventurer Pete Goss embarks on 1,500 km paddle round Tasmania

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

  • Pete Goss in his sea kayak, complete with the sailing rig he designed Picture: STUART ELFORD

  • Pete Goss in his sea kayak, complete with the sailing rig he designed Picture: STUART ELFORD

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Maritime adventurer Pete Goss's circumnavigation of Tasmania got off to a bumpy start this week, with strong winds and a broken rudder hampering progress.

The 51-year-old, who is aiming to paddle around the southern hemisphere island in a kayak, experienced 30-knot head-winds on the first leg of what is expected to be a two-month challenge.

Joined by experienced Scottish sea kayaker Andy Warrender, Pete – who lives near Millbrook in South East Cornwall – arrived in the Tasmanian town of Devonport on Sunday. The men covered 55 kilometres on their first full day at sea.

They are carrying all their camping gear and provisions with them and Pete has designed an innovative sailing rig that can be hoisted on each kayak to give wind assistance when conditions allow. He said that despite having a rudder damaged in transit everything else was in good order.

Speaking yesterday, he said: "This expedition has been two years in the making and today it felt like the trip properly came to life. It's a great feeling as we look forward to taking on and enjoying everything that Tasmania has to offer.

"Kayaking offers an intimate relationship with the water and, like meeting a new person, you have no idea what a new piece of water will be like.

"If there is to be a theme today it would have to be nature because we have seen dolphins and pitched our tents right in the middle of a penguin colony."

So far the weather has been reasonably kind to the pair, but there is a long way to go before they complete the 1,500 kilometre anti-clockwise voyage.

"Many of my previous adventures have been non-stop and I have often wished I had the time to explore places properly," he said. "Tasmania is a beautiful island with a varied and exciting coastline. There can be no better way to get close to it than in a sea kayak."

Pete, whose previous challenges have involved sailing more than 250,000 miles, received the MBE and Legion d'Honneur after saving fellow sailor Raphael Dinelli in the 1996 Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race. In 2008, he sailed a replica of a 19th century wooden Cornish fishing lugger called Spirit Of Mystery from Newlyn to Melbourne.

"We are pleased with the way things are pulling together and settling down to a routine," he added. "It's been quite hard-going at times with the head winds but for all that we can see progress. Our hope is to have a good long day and set ourselves up for a shot at the top left-hand corner. From there we start to head south into the wilds of Tasmania."

Western Morning News readers can follow the kayakers' progress at www.petegoss.com, where there is a live tracker, pictures, video posts and blog updates.

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  • HughGarsse  |  January 06 2013, 11:37AM

    I just hope all the emergency services have ringfenced enough funds for these people if they get into any difficulty or need medical assistance. Two years in the planning it may have been but that never seems to include enough insurance to stop local people picking up the bill. Even for small simple little holiday jollys such as this one.

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  • First Impressions  |  January 06 2013, 9:59AM

    Message to Mr Goss....please just go away.

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  • robocop1982  |  January 05 2013, 9:42PM

    you'd get bored staring at ocean

  • Nippie  |  January 05 2013, 3:55PM

    Are people still following this bloke and contributing to his fun?? People have such short memories. He has had enough of our money and still owes a lot to other people.

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  • Bleach  |  January 04 2013, 10:58PM

    Does he whine and ***** about people online? Because that would, you know, make him a real jerk, wouldn't it.

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  • Lafrowda  |  January 04 2013, 7:12PM

    Grumpy old man perhaps Jealous, no.

  • Bleach  |  January 04 2013, 4:57PM

    - "Another over priviliged child doing what he wants and getting admired for it." sigh.

  • ineedtherapy  |  January 04 2013, 4:10PM

    Good luck Pete Lafrowda....do i sense just a tinge of jealousy here...

  • nicold  |  January 04 2013, 11:38AM

    Where's the 'do you want to donate to his cause' at the bottom of the article?

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  • Lafrowda  |  January 04 2013, 11:25AM

    Another over priviliged child doing what he wants and getting admired for it.

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