Quincey Does it Solo
Tasman rower Shaun Quincey, 24, has become the second person to successfully paddle across the stretch of water since his father did the same, though in the opposite direction, in 1977. Hundreds of family and friends gathered on Ninety Mile Beach as Quincey, swam ashore after a 53-day, 2200km voyage which began in Coff’s Harbour, New South Wales in January. As he strode up the beach, Quincey was greeted by his girlfriend, and handed a bacon and egg sandwich. “That is the best sandwich I’ve tasted in my life,” he said. During the journey, Quincey has capsized his 7.3m boat Tasman Trespasser II twice, nearly ran out of fresh water and encountered whales. Speaking to the Australian ABC during his voyage, Quinceydescribed the journey as at once “horrific and terrifying” as well as “beautiful and amazing.” He admitted: “If you knew all the things that were going to happen, you never would attempt them.” Quincey’s father Colin rowed from Hokianga Harbour to Marcus Beach in Queensland in 63 days.