First Rowers cross Tasman Sea

Posted on December 29, 2007 by



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A TEAM team of four rowers has set foot on Australian soil after completing the first trans-Tasman row in 31 days.

Steven Gates, Andrew Johnson, Kerry Tozer and surfboat champion Sally Macready set out on November 29 from Hokianga, north of Auckland.

They arrived to cheers from wellwishers at Sydney’s Neutral Bay at 8.15am (AEDT) after clearing customs at Watsons Bay earlier.

The team members appeared fit and healthy as they were reunited with family and friends.

Mr Gates described the feeling of entering Sydney harbour as “absolute euphoria”.

“We were beyond the point of exhaustion, we really were,” Mr Gates said.

“We pushed that envelope to its absolute limit and to hit the heads this morning at four o’clock and to know that this was all going to be over really soon was just the most powerful feeling.”

Ms Macready was greeted by her students from Loreto Normanhurst and said she was looking forward to having a shower.