Tasman Kayaker Scott Donaldson is currently positioned half way between Australia and New Zealand, roughly 1000km to the east of Cape Reinga.
Donaldson’s wife Sarah spoke with the adventurer briefly yesterday via satellite phone and says despite some rough weather he is in good spirits.
“He’s been in the cab for two days riding out a storm in 5-6metre meter swells. The boat hasn’t rolled but its been on its side a lot. The currents are still in his favour, and he’s pleased with how far he’s gotten,” said Mrs Donaldson.
Adding to the rough sea conditions, Donaldson has also had an encounter with an aggressive shark.
“He had a 2.5 metre shark chasing him the other day trying to bite the rudder! Scott would stop paddling and the shark backed off but then once he resumed paddling, the shark would chase him again. The rudder is intact thank goodness!”
“Scott had good seas on Friday, but looking average for next few days with a high coming over on Sunday.”
Though he sits half way between Australia and New Zealand, he more than likely will still have at least another 1500km still to paddle. South East current and winds will carry him towards New Plymouth and the Taranaki Coast.
Team leader Nigel Escott says he’s pleased with Donaldson’s northerly position and it bodes well for the rest of the trip.
“The progress so far has been about getting into the right position to utilise the south east current. In the next few days we’ll see him veer to the right and start heading south,” says Escott.
“We’ve been utilising Scott’s physical strength thus far to get through this tough bit of weather. Even with the bad weather he’s experienced, he’s still be able to paddle around 90km in the last three days.”
With his Trans-Tasman Kayak attempt, Donaldson is raising awareness about Asthma, a condition he suffers from. Donations can be made via Givealittle.
Follow Scott Donaldson’s progress via the website http://tasmankayak.com/