Tasman kayaker makes Lord Howe Island


Kiwi expedition kayaker Scott Donaldson decided to weather a storm on Lord Howe Island, 600 km east of Australia after 10 days of paddling.

The 48 year old's original intention was to paddle directly 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 and while New Zealand is now only 1600kms away, it's likely he will paddle a combined distance across the Tasman between 2400-3000kms with currents and weather.

Donaldson is raising awareness about Asthma, a condition he suffers from.

Photo credit Scott Donaldson

Follow Scott Donaldson’s progress via the website http://tasmankayak.com/