Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson.
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson. Frank Redward

Trans-Tasman kayaker turns back to port after problem at sea

THERE'S been a setback for Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson, who is attempting to set a record for the fastest paddle between Australia and New Zealand.

The adventurer has been forced to return to the coast after his satellite phone got wet.

Donaldson paddled back to Port Macquarie after four days at sea.

On his website he posted: "Hi people! Thanks for all the support."

"The dry bag leaked and the satphone is toast so I decided to call it before I hit the elevator east with no weather/current support.

"So HELP please anyone in Port Macquarie?

"I need to stage the boat again to set sail in a few days and I'm here with no contacts."

Donaldson paddled out of Coffs Harbour on Thursday with plans to reach Taranaki in a record 70-days.

Anyone who can help Scott can make contact with him via his website http://www.doubleditch.co.nz/

Scott Donaldson setting up his kayak before paddling out from Coffs Harbour on Thursday.
Scott Donaldson setting up his kayak before paddling out from Coffs Harbour on Thursday.


REVEALED: 12 violent pub patrons barred from Coffs’ venues

premium_icon REVEALED: 12 violent pub patrons barred from Coffs’ venues

Trouble makers barred following a number of violent incidents.

Don't miss out on local news: $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Don't miss out on local news: $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Deal gives you access to local, regional and metro News sites

Signs NSW has lost control of virus

Signs NSW has lost control of virus

When virus cases linked to a Sydney pub grew, customers were told to lock down and...