Kayaker reaches Lord Howe Is­land

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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