A French trio launched on 8 January from Raranga Beach, north of Blenheim, to paddle around the South Island. Agnès Penisson, Thierry Puyfoulhoux and Maxime Raux made good time down the east coast, to Fortrose near Waipapa Point, but a shoulder injury to Max and Thierry’s smashed kayak on launching at Waituna Lagoon led to abandonment of their paddle. Agnes then did a solo double crossing of Foveaux Strait.

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