After just 10 days of paddling, Tasman kayaker Scott Donaldson has arrived at Lord Howe Island, 586km off the New South Wales Coast.
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 Lord Howe 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,” said Escott.
“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, Donaldson will be on his way again.
Donaldson aims to make landfall on the Taranaki Coast – a distance of 2200 kilometres although he will likely paddle 3000 kilometres.
With his Trans-Tasman Kayak attempt, Donaldson is raising awareness about Asthma, a condition he suffers from.
Follow Scott Donaldson’s progress via the website http://tasmankayak.com/