This shot that rocked the planet. Here's Ian's description of his tow-in on USS Oldendorf: "I paddled my way through the lines until nothing separated me from the warship. I turned and paddled hard. In the choppy conditions it was imperative that I had momentum at the point of contact. I grabbed hold just as the ship appeared in my vision from behind. As I strained, the nose of the ship began to propel me along...The hardest part over, I was positioned for the rid of my life up Sydney Harbour." (From the book Green Fire). Photo by Robert Pearce/Fairfax