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Lifestyle : Boat Show 2011
1HERSA1 S013 POCKET SUPERYACHT LAUNCHING IN OCTOBER 2011 Be among the first to see the new Buizen 52. Register your interest now Ph: +61 2 9540 2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org Scan the QR code with your smartphone for details Mastercraft Marine Pty Ltd 57 Myoora Rd, Terry Hills NSW 2084, Australia P: +61 2 9450 2170 F: +61 2 9450 2472 E: email@example.com www.buizenyachts.com.au Hulls 1 & 2 under construction & available for inspection INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW BUIZEN 52 Built on the rich foundations of Buizen's enduring values & combined with beautiful superyacht design, a contemporary European style, state-of-the-art techniques and a demand for fast passage-making, the all-new Buizen 52 is a balanced blend of tradition and cutting edge -- the ultimate semi-custom, ocean-cruising yacht to sail the world in style, with ease. The Sydney Morning Herald July 23- 24, 2011 13 SPECIAL REPORT Classic story . . . Sean Smith paddled his way back from despair to happiness. OAR INSPIRING Sean Smith took up kayaking to recover from a series of tragic events. Now his popular blog on the topic has been turned into a book, writes Lissa Christopher. Sean Smith was a man all but physically defeated a few years back. In 2005, he was in a near-fatal car accident that wrought havoc on his bones. He also endured two severe bouts of depression, one the result of witnessing the Bali bombing in 2002. Smith was neglecting his health to such an extent -- drinking and eating too much, moving too little, smoking -- that in early 2009, he thought he was having a heart attack. He wasn't but his doctor warned him one probably wasn't too far away. Today, Smith is in a very different place. The man whose pelvis was fractured in more than 30 places, who lost one of his hip bones to necrosis and who knows all about despair and apathy has taken up kayaking. Big time. He's so fit and strong, he has completed an ultramarathon -- the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic -- which covers more than 100 kilometres. He also writes a popular kayaking and canoeing blog -- the Fat Paddler -- and has just published a book with the same title, launching at the Sydney International Boat Show. While Smith originally wanted to write ''a boy's own adventure story'' based on his life as a paddler, he came to realise it was ''important to map out the road that got me there in the first place''. So he included his injuries, hospital stints, depression and the Bali bombing and finished up writing a book that's ''part memoir, part inspiration, part adventure story''. The process was both fulfilling and confronting. ''I couldn't write for a month after I wrote the section on Bali,'' he says. ''It was so difficult, taking myself back to that time, but it was an important story to tell. And it's also important to show how brilliant the world is and how much there is out there to explore and enjoy and be part of. ''And I hope what I do [say to other people], that no matter how bad your circumstances are, whether it's mental health, physical fitness or whatever, you can still get outside, you can still exercise. There are options open to you. You can get fit and be happy.'' Smith is keen to emphasise that he's no superhero. He loves telling stories about his mistakes on the water, including falling out of his kayak, not being able to get back in, despite hours of trying, and having to be towed ashore. He also enjoys a bit of weight-based self-deprecation. ''I'm still pretty big,'' he says. ''When I go to the doctor, he says, 'Wow, your blood pressure is amazingly low, your cholesterol is good and your heart rate is really good. You are really, really fit but kind of trapped inside a fat guy.' I get plenty of exercise -- but I'm still finishing that egg and bacon roll afterwards.'' The Fat Paddler by Sean Smith (Finch Publishing, $29.99); Smith will be in the Better Boating Lounge at the Sydney International Boat Show daily (1pm, 5.30pm). Paddling for beginners Smith suggests heading to The Spit, Rose Bay, or the marina at Berowra Waters, because they have quiet stretches of water, as well as boat- hire facilities. Move at your own pace, he says, go with someone else, protect yourself from the sun, take water and always wear a flotation device. ''I know they don't feel very nice but they feel a lot better than drowning,'' he says. Expect to be sore after the first few times but ''progression with paddling fitness is very, very quick'', he adds.
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