Author(s): Les Hill
The longest-known survival on the Tasman Sea in a life raft. After competing in the Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge 1974, Christchurch man Tony Allan was sailing back to New Zealand from Mooloolaba when his boat, Rebel II, capsized two days into the journey, leaving him adrift in his life raft for 20 days. Alone in the Tasman, as told to Les Hill, is an inspiring story of survival as Tony battled through nightmares, hearing voices, loneliness, and absolute vulnerability. Tony's is the longest-known survival on the Tasman Sea in a life raft.
Les Hill, a retired school teacher, lives in Hokitika, on the South Island’s wild West Coast. He moved there thirteen years ago, attracted by the opportunities offered to someone with a desire
for a life in the outdoors.
Les has had a passion for trout fishing for more than sixty years and during the last four decades has become a well-respected angling author and photographer. He has been a regular contributor
to Fish and Game Magazine since its inception in 1993 (and to other magazines, in both New Zealand and abroad) and in the interim has
also either authored or co-authored seven books on trout fishing.
The writing of Alone in the Tasman is his first foray into writing in another genre, a challenge he has enjoyed immensely.