A New Zealand man has embarked on his second attempt to cross
the Tasman Sea by kayak.
Scott Donaldson, 43, left Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast on
Saturday and is aiming at landing in Taranaki "as they are a
good bunch", but conceded on a website chronicling his latest
attempt that it may be up to the wind as to his final landing
He had to abandon an attempt last May after his kayak filled
with water two days into his adventure.
Mr Donaldson, from Rotorua, said his aim is to row the Tasman
"solo in record time and an immediate return crossing as a
kayak solo in a world first event".
He said he is attempting the task to "raise awareness, in
partnership with the Asthma foundation, of the importance of
increasing aerobic activity levels in our day to day lives".
This year's attempt was a "much more low key no distraction
approach", he wrote on his 'Double Ditch' Facebook page.
In 2008, Australians James Castrission and Justin Jones made
history when they became the first people to successfully
kayak from Australia to New Zealand.
The pair also set the record for the longest ocean crossing
by a two-man kayak. Their adventure took 62 days.
In 2007, Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley was presumed to
have drowned after attempting to kayak solo across the
- Brendan Manning of APNZ