Kayak Jack raises a stack!

What a hero!

Well done to super paddler Jack Gatacre who has raised over £14,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Jack navigated his kayak around 700 miles of Scottish coast and inland waterways in a daunting two-week round trip. Starting and finishing in Pittenweem, Jack’s valiant voyage took him to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the Forth & Clyde Canal, Arran, Jura, Mull, Fort William, Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal before returning to the North Sea at Inverness to pass Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Jack took on the challenge to honour his girlfriend Janet’s father, Alec Gourlay, who recently retired after 50 years fishing from Pittenweem. Kayaking 40-50 miles each day was made tougher by the unpredictable nature of Scottish weather – even in the summertime!



Our Fishermen’s Mission Area Officer in Peterhead, Sandy Garvock, met Jack en-voyage to lend support. Sandy commented:

“What Jack has achieved is phenomenal. We are so thankful to him for all the hours of training he put in to complete his mission and thanks also to Jack’s sponsors and support team.”

Has Jack’s epic voyage inspired you to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission? Get in touch – we are here to support you in whatever challenge floats your boat.