Kayaker reaches Lord Howe Island
AFTER 10 days of solid paddling, Coffs Coast adventurer Scott Donaldson has arrived at Lord Howe Island, 586km off the coast, as he sets his sights on becoming the first man to kayak to New Zealand. Donaldson had initially intended on paddling past Lord Howe on his way to New Zealand, however, with bad weather approaching, and in liaison with his team leader Nigel Escott, the decision was made to make a brief stop at the island. “He’s made such good progress, and with the bad weather front approaching the Lord Howe area on Saturday, it made sense to stop at Lord Howe and let it pass,” Mr Escott said. “There is no point sitting out there in the bad weather and getting blown back to Australia. “What every good mariner does if bad weather comes their way, they seek some shelter. “It also gives Scott a good opportunity to check over the boat and to double check all systems are functioning properly.” As soon as the weather front passes, Mr Donaldson will be on his way again. Paddling up to 16 hours a day, he is surviving on dehydrated food. The Kiwi kayaker fell just 80km short of making landfall in New Zealand on his last attempt to paddle the ditch in 2014 and was rescued by an emergency helicopter. Donaldson aims to make landfall on the Taranaki Coast – a distance of 2200 kilometres, although he will likely paddle up to 3000 kilometres. With his trans-Tasman Kayak attempt, Mr Donaldson is raising awareness about asthma. Follow his progress at tasmankayak.com.
LANDFALL: Scott Donaldson has reached Lord Howe Island as part of his mission to become the first person to kayak to New Zealand.