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You’ve got to take your hat off to Kiwi ad­ven­turer Scott Don­ald­son who, in June, af­ter 62 days at sea, fi­nally ac­com­plished his goal of be­com­ing the first per­son to kayak 2,200km from Aus­tralia to New Zealand solo. This was Don­ald­son’s third at­tempt at the cross­ing. The first, in 2013, was aban­doned when his satel­lite phone died. A year later he aborted his sec­ond at­tempt only 80km from his des­ti­na­tion – the ves­sel’s rud­der broke.

Never give up, if at first you don’t suc­ceed, dig deep – they all sound limp and mean­ing­less by way of ac­co­lades – and most read­ers’ ex­cla­ma­tions prob­a­bly can’t be printed in this po­lite, fam­ily-friendly jour­nal. So, bloody well done, old chap. Don­ald­son set off from Coffs Har­bour, Aus­tralia, on May 2, and ar­rived on a New Ply­mouth Beach two months later.

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