How a solo kayaker conquered the Tasman guided from Rotorua-based command centre and the ex-cop whose skills brought him safely home

When you're considering kayaking the Tasman solo who do you call on to be your team leader?

It's the man with the tactical skills and analytical mindset to ensure your goal's achieved, however daunting what may lie ahead.

For former Rotorua swim coach, Scott Donaldson, there was no contest, that man would be Nigel Escott.


If anyone has the ability to plan for and oversee tense operations it's Nigel who, for seven years, led the Rotorua Armed Offenders Squad