Book Launch – Alone in the Tasman


Book Launch - Alone in the Tasman

Sunday 13 May, 2pm-3pm

The Maritime Museum is proud to host the official book launch of Alone in the Tasman: Tony Allan’s True Story of Survival at Sea, as told by Les Hill.

This free event will include a Q+A style discussion between Tony Allan and Les Hill, an interesting collection of ephemera related to Allan’s experience on display, and complimentary afternoon tea refreshments.

Please book your space in advance to assist us with catering and to avoid disappointment.

The NZ Maritime Museum is easily accessible by public transport and half price parking can be purchased for the Downtown Carpark at the Museum’s gift shop.

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More about the book:

Tony Allan’s Twenty Days of Man Against the Sea

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. 

“It would be a lot easier to slip out of this raft and end the torment now.” 

As Tony wasn’t expected back to Lyttelton for another 12 days, had no form of radio contact and, suddenly, after a life-time spent on water, was now afraid of the sea, how would the 28-year-old survive? 

“The reality of being alone and helpless hit home… I was no longer living, I was surviving.”

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. 
Initially written as a story for his grandchildren, ​Alone in the Tasman​ weaves Tony’s adventurous childhood into the book, as we meet the mischievous, fearless, water-loving young boy, right through to the young man who built his yacht, ​Rebel II​. 

Alone in the Tasman​ talks about how Tony kept himself busy during the days lost at sea, his mounting depression, and how he rationed the little food he had. Tony tells what sea creatures he endured (including a battle with a very interested shark), the realities of living in a slowly-sinking raft, how he managed being constantly soaked by the sea, and his extremely lucky rescue. 

Tony now lives with his wife Marj in Pegasus, North Canterbury, and is still a huge fan of yachting and the water.  

For more information, interview requests, and review copies: 
Tony Allan  0274 337 516  or  Marj Allan  021 359 245


  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
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