Kayaker stays upbeat

02:16, Jun 13 2014
Scott Donaldson
ON A MISSION: Scott Donaldson

Rudder problems have slowed the progress of a man kayaking from Australia to Taranaki.

Scott Donaldson is now 53 days into his second attempt at becoming the first person to kayak the Tasman solo.

"He has had mechanical issues with his rudder," Donaldson's wife Sarah told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

"If you look at the tracker, he's kind of gone round in a circle for a week. But he has a backup and is hoping to repair it in the next few days."

Sarah said she spoke to her husband on Tuesday, and despite the circumstances, he remained upbeat. "He was in good spirits mentally and physically."

Donaldson's website said he was expecting to be hit by two lows this week.

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"It will be 'batten down' conditions. He hasn't seen the sun for almost two weeks," the site reads.

When Donaldson left Coffs Harbour almost two months ago the trip was estimated to take 50 to 70 days.

Although it was hard to predict an arrival date, Sarah said her husband was still more than 500km away.

"Basically I said 'stay strong and positive', when I talked with him," she said.

Follow his journey on doubleditch.co.nz.

Taranaki Daily News