March 3rd, 2013
Video of second half
Please see the second half of the video of Pete and Andy's circumnavigation of Tasmania here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTC7IhmG8wA&feature=youtu.be
Stuart Elford, Shore and Communications Manager to Pete Goss MBE
February 24th, 2013
And the plaque itself
Here is the photo of Pete and the plaque.
February 24th, 2013
Spirit of Mystery Plaque
I thought you might want to see these pictures, taken on 22/02/13 at the Royal Yacht Club Victoria, based in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia (Spirit Of Mystery voyage destination), who hosted a lunch for Pete & Andy as they were passing through on their way home after successfully completing the kayak circumnavigation of Tasmania.
The first of the photos, taken by Tony Spencer, shows Commodore Andrew Munro, Andy Warrender, Vice Commodore David Seaman , Pete Goss, Peter Harris, Rear Commodore Michael Mclean (seated).
The second picture shows Pete Goss and the plaque dedicated to the seven Cornishmen and their epic voyage on the Mystery in 1855. Pete re-enacted the voyage in 2009 on the replica vessel Spirit of Mystery. The plaque was commissioned by the Cornish Association of Victoria and is proudly displayed on the front fence of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria very close to where it is reported that the Mystery landed in March 1855.
Thanks to Tony Spencer for sending this through. These guys were all so helpful to me and Pete during that epic adventure.
February 18th, 2013
It was a bit like 'Ground Hog Day' when I woke up at Danny and Linda Redmans this morning. Fifty days and 1,500km ago we woke up in the same house with the prospect of the trip at our feet. They say that life goes in circles and that certainly feels to be the case this morning. It's done, we closed the circle around Tasmania after a leisurely last paddle yesterday. It was a lovely day with no pressure apart from being in Devonport for a three pm pick up. Indeed, we had a lot of time to lose so we had lots of stops and reflected on the trip. For lunch we raided the treat store and had pancakes on the beach.
If you have read all the blogs you will know how much we have enjoyed this trip. I don't know what I can add but here is a quote that I gave to Stuart for a press release; "If I had to choose my favourite section it would be the west coast for it is wild, remote and one is always aware of the southern ocean. If I had to choose the most beautiful it would be the Freycinet Peninsula and for warmth, generosity and kindness I would have to embrace the whole Island for we have been made so welcome by all that we have come across. Tasmania is a very special place."
I wouldn't have wanted to do this trip with anyone other than Andy when we started and that remained the case at the end of it. We have made a great team and it has been a pleasure to do it with him. I have learnt a lot and think I can now call myself a 'Sea kayaker'. Bit rough and ready perhaps but I would be happy to take on any trip.
I hope you have enjoyed the blogs as much as I have enjoyed writing them. So I shall sign off until the next 'daft idea' by bidding you all 'fair winds'.