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The Search for the Duroc – 90 minute video – Available in HD Blu-ray and DVD
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Been watching Jack and Jude Binder's latest DVD - Coral Sea: In Search of the Duroc. Fantastic stuff - takes the viewer along into this magic, rarely visited world. Heaps of cruising tips there too, if you're paying attention. Excellent photography, the usual laid-back commentary. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the sea, cruising, or just wanting some inspiration. (photo courtesy Jack and Jude)Petrea McCarthy – Cruising Helmsman Ideas Locker

Been watching Jack and Jude Binder’s latest DVD – Coral Sea: In Search of the Duroc. Fantastic stuff – takes the viewer along into this magic, rarely visited world. Heaps of cruising tips there too, if you’re paying attention. Excellent photography, the usual laid-back commentary. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the sea, cruising, or just wanting some inspiration.

In 1982, Jack and Jude led an amateur radio expedition to Herald’s Beacon, a small sand cay atop Mellish Reef, five hundred miles east of Cairns, Australia’s furthest territory in the Coral Sea. A month before our landing, a cyclone tracked across this low narrow sand island and huge seas swept over it leaving its surface flat and unbroken except for masses of half-buried seabirds with their necks broken. The cyclone’s powerful forces reshaped the island, exposing a coral shelf in which Jack found an embedded bronze eye bolt. Intrigued, this began a search spanning more than three decades.

Kenn Reef Our research brought to light heroic efforts by the 75 souls stranded after the French Frigate Duroc ran aground on an uncharted reef in 1856. Suffering terrible deprivation, through great courage every soul was saved by their own efforts. Three open boats containing 30 men set off for help while the others remained on the tiny island where they built a small boat for the remaining 40, including the ship’s captain, his wife, and small daughter.

coral sea voyageOur research did not pinpoint the exact position of the steam driven Duroc, but it did offer clues. Relaunching our homemade yacht in 2007, we set off for the furthest reaches of the Coral Sea to begin a search for whatever remained of the wooden warship. But calamity struck straightaway. At sea Jack suffered a ruptured appendix and only a dash to hospital saved his life, temporarily ending our quest. Six years later in the winter of 2013, we again sailed away from the Australian mainland to search for the Duroc, and our journey, discoveries, and rich wildlife were recorded in HD video. This video and Coral Sea Cruising Guide resulted from that 2,000 mile, 6 week voyage.

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Two’s a Crew

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We take our cameras deep into the Kimberley to search for the oldest known rock art. We’ll explore the most unique coral reef with the biggest tidal range on the planet – Rowley Shoals, 200 miles to sea from Broome. Climb Mount Misery surrounded by harsh compelling beauty of Port Davey in the stormy southwest corner of Tasmania. There are whales close up, plenty of action catching big fish, plus a wonderful interlude becalmed in the Great Southern Ocean. Running time: 90 minutes in 3 episodes

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Tasmania 2

The Green Machine opens up new territory with the kayak taking us up rivers few explore. First the Gordon River to search as far as the rocky Sprent River for Huon Piners Camp remnants.

In World Heritage Port Davey, we paddle through an exquisite gorge in perfect weather. Then trek overland to the far south coast of Tasmania, where we explore off track, again, perfect photographic conditions. Taking Banyandah across the shallow Old River Bar, we kayak up river to locate a last stand of mature Huon Pines. Then we search and discover the lonely grave site of Critchley Parker, an ill equipped dreamer. To escape we brave a spunky fresh gale taking Banyandah south under Maatsuyker to reach safety in Recherche Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. 5 episodes totally 90 mins running time.

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Tasmania 1

Four adventures in Tasmania featuring a trek along the historic King River railroad where Jack and Jude document 100 years of pollution from Australia’s oldest mine. Followed by a scenically wonderful voyage up the fabulous Gordon River aboard Stormbreaker. Then a segment of living history inside Kelly Basin where in 1900 a railroad was hacked out of virgin rainforest. The fourth episode, a three day assault on one of Tasmania’s toughest peaks. No trails across a myriad of streams to the top of Mount Sorell. Running time: 120 min.

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South Australia

Take an autumn sail around the two gulfs of South Australia, featuring a wander through the famous Joseph Banks Archipelago. Plenty of wildlife and wild weather. From Adelaide through many of the anchorages to Port Lincoln and the Joseph Banks Group back to Adelaide. Running time: 64 minutes

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