This intensely personal documentary follows Shaun Quincey, the second person in history to have rowed solo across the Tasman Sea and lived to tell the tale. The film explores the universal themes of facing Earth's elements with courage, willpower and sheer determination. In nearly two months at sea, he overcomes storms, broken equipment, capsizing in a giant wave, sheer terror and nagging doubt.
This story had the feel of fitting into a classic documentary template. It featured an epic solo adventure, the planning that went into it (without being overdone), along with interviews of the prominent figures. What made this film unique among the many similar to it was the added drama that Shaun Quincy's dad was the only other paddler to have ever crossed the Tasman in a rowboat. Very cool that a father and son have this one epic adventure in common; one nobody else has.
This is the story of a young man with an amazing legacy but very little experience. When he makes the choice to follow his father's path, can he endure endless days and nights of punishing physical effort, 40-foot waves, constantly waterlogged gear and food, and even the sometimes ignored hazards of a seizure disorder? (Spoiler: Yes!) I was impressed by the laid-back but realistic attitude of Shaun Quincey, the awesome, accepting support from his family and friends -- and the tiny, tiny dot one person becomes when he's rowing across an open sea, alone.
Real life story of how Shaun rows a small boat across the Tasman sea from Australia to New Zealand. lt is a day by day account of the feelings and trials of Shaun as he faces the sea and weather. A tribute to the human spirit to endure hardship.
Good documentary. What a gutsy adventure! So many people today opt for easy then give up when things get tough or don't go their way. Here's a story about a man who opted for hard, had every reason to give up and kept going anyway. Language alert for the younger crowds!