Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Kayak Crosses Tasman Sea...Without The Kayaker

In December 2014, Stuart Cleary began his attempt to be the first solo kayaker to successfully cross the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. 24 hours after launching and less than 100 km into his journey, he abandoned his quest, and his kayak, following multiple equipment failures and he had to be rescued. Now, 18 months later, it appears his abandoned kayak was intent on completing the crossing without him; this week it was discovered washed up on a New Zealand beach about 50 kms from his intended landing spot.
While it seems doubtful that his old kayak will be seaworthy, Cleary has recently been contemplating another crossing attempt as well as plans for a second kayak.


  1. Amazing!
    And look at how many barnacles grew on the hull in only 18 months.

  2. It's so interesting to see how a kayak could fail. I'm an avid kayaker...I would hate it if some major malfunction happened....what a funny story that the kayak lasted longer than the captain!! lol

  3. That's an improvised boat and hardly a kayak. A Latakia what Andrew used in his attempt to cross the Tasman.

  4. Interesting and sort of funny story at least the kayak tried it's best to complete the voyage.