Tasman Sea Kayaker Turns Back

Will resume after fixing waterlogged phone


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After only three days at sea, New Zealand kayaker Scott Donaldson has hit a major snag in his bid to become the first to paddle the Tasman Sea solo. After a leaky dry bag ruined his satellite phone, he was forced to turn into Australia’s Port Macquarie on Saturday night. 

Approaching a large current and without necessary weather or support information, he decided to turn into port before things got dicey. He posted on his website that a new phone is on the way and he hopes to resume his trip in three to four days.

Phone troubles also delayed the start of his trip from Wednesday to Thursday last week.

Donaldson says his the start of his expedition has been otherwise enjoyable, and wrote after a day at Port Macquarie without money or a change of clothes, “I felt less lost at sea!”

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