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A friend of mine was travelling in northern South Australia earlier this week and he came across two guys sailing through the desert from Adelaide? to Darwin. If you have Google earth they were approximately here -30.6998,138.378 on Wednesday this week. Dont have any other details.

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From Boating Oz newsletter.....

 

Windsurfing Across Australia

 

James Francis and Lachie Paramor are heading to Adelaide, bringing with them two gigantic skateboards with windsurfer rigs as they plan to sail up the Stuart highway to Darwin.

 

Unlike their other adventures (sailing a 14ft cat to Brisbane) they are doing this for a purpose, raising money for ‘Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets’. And thanks to their three sponsors, Steve Jarvin Motors, Manly Skateboards, and Tasman Sails at Airlie Beach, they are able to give 100 percent of the proceeds to Youth Off The Streets.

 

Youth Off The Streets supports chronically homeless and drug addicted young Australians, with the aim of having everyone that leaves their care to be drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.

 

James and Lachie grew up on the North Shore playing with bikes and boats and surfboards, with their biggest stress being something like “I just don’t have enough spare time anymore!”. Their lives are different to the 15 year old homeless kid, whose normal thoughts are something like “I wonder if I can get any food today” and “does anyone really care about me anyway?”. So for that reason they chose to raise money for Youth Off the Streets.

 

If you’d like to make a donation to this charity please send a cheque or money order to James Francis, 46 Stuart St, Longueville 2066 and advise if you want a tax deduction send an address so a receipt can be sent.

 

Sponsored by:

 

Steve Jarvin Motors

 

Specialises in Nissan, Kia, Suzuki, SsangYong and commercial vehicles. They also have a large range of second hand cars. They have yards in Five Dock, Haberfield, and Concord, all on Parramatta Rd (no.1, no.77 and no.141). Website www.stevejarvinmotors.com.au

 

Manly Skateboards

 

Manly Skateboards is a shop located at 2/49 North Steyne, Manly, opposite the beach. They sell Inline Skates, Skateboards, Roller Skates, Ice skates, Scooters, shoes, ramps and pretty much anything that is fun. Website www.manlyskateboards.com.au

 

Tasman Sails

 

Tasman sails is a new business in Airlie Beach, run by Joel Macdonald. Joel worked for a number of years at Allwood sails in Brisbane, but is now building his own business up. He makes dinghy sails, skiff sails, yacht sails and he even makes land windsurfer sails (as of 2 weeks ago). He’s also a real good sailor, his prices are ridiculously cheap, and quite often you can send a sail to be repaired to him from Sydney and he’ll fix it and send it back the same week. Give Joel a call on 0415 195 275

 

‘Youth Off the Streets’ website http://www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/

 

 

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on the stuart highway!!! I wonder if the blast of air coming off a 50m long roadtrain doing 120km/h has them overpowered at times. they scare the crap out of you in a 4x4!

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They'll have to keep an eye out for road kill and Mad Max relics as well ....... :ph34r:

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Perhaps the road trains were too much - the position stuj posted is not on the Stuart Hwy - see google map

 

Hope they packed some big truks and tires if they continue down that road.

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both these blokes went to my school and they are crazy enough to succeed in this trip. cool guys and have done some really amazing adventures. good cause too.

AndyH

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They are certainly adventuers, sailing down the Murray River, Sailing up the east coast on a 14ft cat and this is James's 12. And they are doing it to raise money for homeless kids

 

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Did the drive....ONCE! Never, ever again. Good luck to 'em, smarter than trying to sail round the world in an 8' boat

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is it really safer though to be on the wrong side of the road! I'm hoping thats just in that picture. although I guess you can see the trucks coming towards you! Don't get me wrong I reckon what they are doing is great (for themselves and for others). If they are using standard skateboard trucks on their boards I reckon they won't be able to feel their feet from the vibrations about now.

 

On a side note the fact that these 2 young guys can put together a cool project and get international coverage (of sorts) for their chosen charity and their sponsors is great. Vive la Internet

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thats anarchy if ever i saw it...

 

was there a write up on their cat journey up the east coast in Australian Sailing... if thats the one, it was an awesome and inspiring read...

 

How about an innerview from the Ed on these guys?

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They'll be wanting a pair of those hats with the fly netting they sell at Uluru!

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Almost Pro Adventurers,Caper Cat up the East Coast,down the Murray,now this.

 

Saw the story in this mornings paper,either the Manly Daily or the SMH,they've already hit the recycle bin.

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Apparently James had to scrap the bid last weekend. This from BoatingOz:

 

James Francis will be back to finish windsurfing across Australia from Adelaide to Darwin another day. He retires due to a damaged achilles tendon, a blown out sail and the threat of arrest from the Coober Pedy police.

 

The full story is here: http://www.boatingoz.com.au/news06/0704a.htm

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nothing but admiration for the guys!

 

I skate a lot and pushing that rig along those highways must have been a mission and a half.

 

still think they are a teeny bit loony but as Ted Egan says "Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light"

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nothing but admiration for the guys!

 

I skate a lot and pushing that rig along those highways must have been a mission and a half.

 

still think they are a teeny bit loony but as Ted Egan says "Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light"

 

Imagine someone inside the assylum calling someone else a "teeny bit loony" - ha haa haaa!!

 

Too funny.

 

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