Mayor's Cook Strait kayak cancelled

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 11:03 08/02/2013

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A broken engine in a support boat has forced a group - including Wellington's mayor Celia Wade-Brown - to cancel plans to kayak across Cook Strait this weekend.

Ms Wade-Brown said last month she would paddle her way 22-kilometres across Cook Strait as part of a group led by Adventure Wellington. But her spokesman Phil Reed said the support boat was having engine problems and the trip could not happen without it.

"The mayor is really disappointed. She was looking forward to it."

The trip could be rescheduled for later this month or March, depending on the tides and the weather, he said.

Ms Wade-Brown lives in the Wellington south coast suburb of Island Bay, with a view of Cook Strait.

She is an experienced kayaker and was expected to be one of 10 making the crossing.

The kayaker had planned to take four to six hours to reach the head of Tory Channel where they would camp overnight before continuing to Picton the next day.

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- The Marlborough Express

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