Local man in final stages of a 1,250 mile solo-kayak in support of mental health charity

Jack Gatacre with his Kayak with 1000 miles in and 250 to go

West Wittering resident’s kayak along the Turkish coast

Jack Gatacre, aged 30 from West Wittering, is currently finishing a 1250-mile, six-week unsupported kayak in Turkey.

Jack’s journey has seen him travel between 40 to 50 miles per day along the Turkish coast from the Black Sea, north of Istanbul, to Samandag, the most southern coastal town in Turkey. The adventurer often makes landfall after dark, where he usually sets up camp on the beach.

Although an experienced Kayaker, Jack described the journey as a “big challenge”. Jack has extensively explored England’s southern coastline, as well as longer trips including around Southern Scotland and the entire Welsh Coastline.

Jack on raising money for mental health charity

This extreme journey has taken him from the Black Sea, through the Marmara Sea, into the Aegean, and finishing in the Mediterranean. Jack is raising money for mental health charity Suicide&Co. which supports families bereaved through suicide.

Jack said: “Growing up in West Wittering, I have been lucky enough to have a childhood on the sea kayaking with my father in a double since I was five. I love exploring, being on the water, and Turkey – so I combined all my passions for this trip. It is a big challenge, and there have been ups and downs throughout.”

“Suicide touches so many families and recent years have been particularly tough for lots of people –I wanted to do something that would support this fantastic charity.”

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