Tasman adventurers navigate the high seas with a Toughbook

Tasman adventurers navigate the high seas with a Toughbook

Many readers will have heard of Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, who took on the gruelling challenge of kayaking across the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand earlier this year. Their 62-day journey covering 3318km was the longest two-man kayak expedition ever undertaken.

A Panasonic CF-18 Toughbook played a vital role in the completion of the expedition. The pair used the ruggedised machine to receive navigational information, monitor heart rate data, backup photos and send emails and images to their website.

And it was certainly a challenge - the duo faced choppy conditions including 10m swells, 50 knot winds and getting stuck in a giant whirlpool. It took three years for the adventurers to fully prepare themselves for the expedition, which involved extensive risk assessment.

"It was critical that we had a laptop that was water resistant and able to absorb the severe shocks that accompany being tossed around in a kayak in a 30ft sea state," Castrission said. "Using the Toughbook we were able to monitor the currents and wind patterns, which guided us out of the whirlpool and back on course."

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