Trans-Tasman kayaker falls oh so short of reaching goal
AFTER almost three months on the water, adventurer Scott Donaldson's bid to kayak across the Tasman Sea ended an agonisingly close 83km from the New Zealand shore.
Donaldson left Coffs Harbour in mid-April for his record attempt at a 2000km solo journey but a combination of a broken rudder and satellite phone, a diminished food supply and a storm that was hammering the north island of New Zealand meant the kayaker was winched to safety.
Protocols set up prior to leaving Coffs Harbour meant that in certain situations, a rescue would automatically be initiated.
"If we decided it was unsafe, we were going to make those calls accordingly," Donaldson said.
Within reach of his destination, the 44-year-old had been facing winds that were pushing him and his 350kg kayak further from shore.
Having been reunited with family, Donaldson said he's still getting used to life on terra firma again.
"I'm still getting my head back," he admitted.
"The body's pretty good, but three months is a bit of sensory deprivation and the brain's taking a little while to pick up."