Tasman Cross, 3rd time lucky??

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Nakian
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Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:54 pm

good point
maybe someone should phone Nelson.
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yakman
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Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:31 pm

I assume he plans to recover it when the weather settles? It could cover some serious distance in the mean time though, especially if the drouge is not out or comes free :worried: May drift into the Cook Straight?
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Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:20 am

What program are you using to plot the position as a matter of interest ?
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mikG
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Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:58 am

Tough break Scott, no shame in pulling the plug and no need to be sorry mate. Conditions must off been hellish out there, I found it hard to get out of bed this morning let alone take on the fury of the tasman 80km off the coast.

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Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:06 am

2nd that!
Gusts to 65kph at 0400 this morning.

Hi Big K,
I use OpenCPN for the plotting with charts from NZgovt @ LINZ.
All freeeeeeee.

OpenCPN - http://opencpn.org/ocpn/download" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
charts - http://www.linz.govt.nz/sites/default/f ... B_BASE.zip" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

All a doddle to get going. Can't say enough about the program and charts for rainy day dreaming.
Noticed that the boat going out to Scott had it running also (on the news).

edit - after getting the Lat/Lon from the doubleditch/Spot page.

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Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:32 pm

Scott Donaldson is on a mission to retrieve the kayak he spent almost three months in while trying to cross the Tasman.

Donaldson, 44, was rescued by helicopter last Friday 74 kilometres off the Taranaki coast, after suffering head and chest injuries in rough weather on what was the last night of 83 days at sea.

He left Coffs Harbour in New South Wales for Port Taranaki on April 19, on a voyage designed to raise awareness of the need for physical activity, in partnership with the New Zealand Asthma Foundation.

If he had completed the trip he would have become the first to paddle a kayak across the Tasman solo.

Taupo-based helicopter pilot John Funnell, who dropped food and water to Donaldson when he ran low on supplies, said the pair found the kayak this morning.

"I picked Scott up this morning from New Plymouth," Funnell said.

"I said 'let's go and find this damn thing, the day's good - and see if we can't find someone to go and pick it up for you'."

The kayak was found about 20 nautical miles off Farewell Spit, at the top of the South Island.

It had taken on some water, but would be salvaged this afternoon.

Donaldson was "delighted" when they spotted the kayak he spent so much time in.

"You know, it's about all he owns," Funnell said.

"With the help of many Golden Bay locals and a generous donor, the MV Maggie Rose has been engaged to take Scott to his kayak."

Funnell said he would fly out to the kayak and guide the boat to it.

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Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:40 pm

Scott Donaldson's kayak finally lands in the naki today 27th August
(this press article from STUFF.co.nz )


Scott Donaldson's abandoned kayak has been found.

Donaldson 44, tried to cross the Tasman alone in a kayak in July but quit just 74km off the Taranaki coast after he suffered head and chest injuries and weather conditions deteriorated.

His kayak was located on the beach at an Oeo farm in South Taranaki about 1pm this afternoon.

Farmer Troy Stevenson said he had seen a helicopter land at the beach and had gone down for a look.

People in the helicopter spotted the kayak, he said.

He said the kayak had "Double Ditch", the name of Donaldson's crossing attempt, written on the side.

The kayak had been loaded on to a truck, he said.

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Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:45 pm

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Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:41 pm

Downtown wrote:I hope he lives but personally unless he's fishing on the way over not to fussed :yawn:
lol too right! Hope he dosent have any kids that would be irresponsible.
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Mon May 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Anyone following the latest attempt >>> http://tasmankayak.com/tracking/

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Mon May 14, 2018 7:16 pm

Man, I hope he makes it!

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Tue May 15, 2018 2:59 pm

TBreezy wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 7:16 pm
Man, I hope he makes it!
I reckon mate, could be a lonely place out there...

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Wed May 16, 2018 12:14 pm

Not sure how lonely he is right now looks like he is having 9 cheeky holes at the Lord Howe Island Links...reckon he would of had to hire the clubs, might of taken his own shoes tho!
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Fri May 18, 2018 2:32 pm

He`s on the move again ...

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Tue May 29, 2018 1:58 pm

He seems to be making some k’s. Might wanna take a right soon tho ;)

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Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:49 pm

Loving the commitment! good job!
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