Paddlers attempt Cook Strait crossing

Last updated 10:50 19/11/2012

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Fifty years after Barrie Devenport entered the history books as the first person to swim Cook Strait, members of his former club are today attempting to paddle across the Strait - in just three hours.

Four paddlers from Devenport's former club, Worser Bay Life Saving Club, aged from 15 to 54, will set off from the South Island at 2pm on surf skis.

They hope to be arriving at Island Bay at 5pm.

The paddle is described as a commemorative crossing to mark tomorrow's 50th anniversary of Devenport's November 20, 1962 swim.

Devenport arrived back at Island Bay aboard support boat the Christina to cheering crowds lining the beach at 11pm in 1962.

Earlier that day, November 20, 1962, Devenport had entered the water at Cape Terawhiti near Wellington for an 11 hour, 20 minute swim to the South Island's Wellington Head.

He and his support team then motored back to Wellington.

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- The Dominion Post


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