Ballarat man crosses the Bass Strait in a kayak

SEASONED ocean professionals agree that Bass Strait is one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world.

But that didn’t stop Ballarat adventurer Glenn Drew from recently conquering his sea crossing from Victoria to Tasmania, in a kayak. 

The father of three, who spoke to The Courier yesterday, said the 11-day paddle from Port Albert to Musselroe Bay on Tasmania’s North East Coast had been testing. 

“Look, there were moments where it would have been nice to go home,” he said. 

“I think it was about the third day in that I wanted to pull the pin, but I’m so glad I didn’t.”

Mr Drew was joined by six others for the crossing and said seven days of paddling included up to eight hours per day in the kayak and swells of more than 1.5 metres.

He said he had always liked adventurous sports and jumped at the chance to join one of Australia’s best adventure racers, Jarad Kohlar, for the expedition. 

Mr Drew said he trained on Lake Wendouree and in the ocean at Torquay and Barwon Heads. 

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