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Lifestyle : Sydney International Boat Show 2012
1HERSA1 S005 d'Albora Marinas Level 1, The Spit Mosman NSW 2088 Tel: 61 2 9969 3757 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: w w w.emarine.com.au f b.com/emarineaustralia Introducing the Back Cove 34 to Australian waters Step on board this American Down East classic at the Sydney International Boat Show The Sydney Morning Herald July 28- 29, 2012 5 SPECIAL REPORT TAKE IT TO THE LIMITS Adventurers Cas and Jonesy have a thrilling tale for boat show crowds, writes Garry Maddox. Heading south . . . James Castrission and Justin Jones will talk about their amazing Antarctic trek daily at the boat show. S ydney adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones thought they tested their limits when they kayaked from Australia to New Zealand four years ago. Then the duo known as ''Cas and Jonesy'' took on an even greater journey -- trekking more than 2250 kilometres from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and back, unassisted. For 89 days, they battled through blizzards and temperatures as low as minus-40 degrees while hauling loads that started at more than 160 kilograms. The arduous journey finished on Australia Day. ''When we arrived in new Zealand in 2008, our legs couldn't support our weight,'' Castrission, 30, says ahead of their daily talks about the trek during the Sydney International Boat Show. ''I'd never been that exhausted in my life. I thought I would never do anything even close to being that hard again. ''And then somehow this Antarctic trip topped that by many times. Antarctica really took us to places physically and in our minds that we'd never been before.'' Castrission says the pair had to exceed their own expectations towards the end of the expedition. ''When we hit the Pole, we had 27 days to ski 1100 kilometres,'' he says. ''So we had to average over a marathon every single day just to get back for the very last flight of the season. ''We had to average 10 kilometres more than our biggest day on the outward journey. We didn't know if it was possible -- that was the adventure of it all, seeing what we were capable of as humans. I reflect on it now and wonder, 'How the hell did we do that?' '' The duo, who are releasing the book Extreme South and the documentary Crossing the Ice about the trip, will talk at 2pm daily on the boat show's main stage. ''We'll be sharing the highs, the lows, the tears, the crevasses and the blizzards with the audiences,'' Castrission says. ''The boat show is actually the launch of our book and documentary as well, so we'll be able to sign copies.'' According to Jones, 29, the first month of the expedition was especially tough. ''We had terrible, terrible conditions to start with,'' he says. ''Antarctica is classified as a desert but in the first couple of weeks, we [had] a foot and a half of snow come down. ''When you're dragging a sled that weighs 160 kilograms each through a foot-and-a-half of newly formed snow, it's really not something I'd wish on my worst enemy. It feels like your inside was being crushed while you're trying to drag yourself along. ''Our average speed, we were lucky to be doing a kilometre an hour. It didn't look like we could actually do this expedition. We were 300-odd kilometres after the first month behind schedule. ''Then at the back of the trip, for the last couple of weeks after I'd lost 30 kilos and James had lost 25 to 36 kilos, it was just dealing with the pain of actually being out there on the trail. ''With the lack of nutrition into our body, they just started to break apart. We had these infections run rampant on our feet and across our faces. We were wrecks at that point. It was hard just every day getting up and skiing.'' Even recently, the NSW water safety ambassadors and boat show regulars were still recovering. ''The doctors thought it was going to take a good eight, nine months to be fully recovered from the trip,'' Jones says. ''When we first got back, I had a lot of decreased sensation in my fingers . . . a couple of toes were like that as well.''
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