Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson has today abandoned his trans-Tasman paddle.
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson has today abandoned his trans-Tasman paddle. Frank Redward

Kayaker abandons journey to New Zealand in a leaking vessel

UPDATE: A LEAKING kayak has forced New Zealand adventurer Scott Donaldson to paddle back to Port Macquarie today.

Scott set off from the coast in his second try at a record 2,000 kilometre trans-Tasman crossing on Monday.

He did so in high spirits after he abandoned his original journey from Coffs Harbour on Anzac Day when a dry bag failed and his satellite phone got wet.

Donaldson's support team broke the latest setback on his website this morning.

"Made good progress throughout the day and night into some pretty testing seas and winds."

"Unfortunately the kayak has developed a considerable water leak into the cockpit.

"That is putting a major drain on the power reserves in the boat to keep the cockpit pumped out.

"The risk with that is that the power is necessary to run the navigation systems and fresh water making.

"The inevitable result being - it is not safe to carry on with that issue present.

"That's it for this season, a real bummer.

Scott is now tracking back to Port Macquarie and says he'll have another 'crack' later in the year or early next year.   

 

6AM: KIWI kayaker Scott Donaldson is back on the high seas after a series of minor delays to his 2,000-kilometre paddle to New Zealand.

The 43-year-old left Port Macquarie on Monday afternoon in what he hopes will be a record 70-day trans-Tasman crossing to his homeland.

Setting off from Coffs Harbour on Anzac Day, Scott endured three nights at sea but was forced to paddle up the Hastings River when a dry bag failed and his satellite phone got wet.

With a new phone on board he is hoping to be greeted by slight seas before he rides the East Coast Current in an epic journey to the North Island.



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