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Two-person sea kayak expedition circumnavigates Newfoundland

Two kayakers, Newfoundlander David Mackay and Jack Kotaska from the Northwest Territories, have embarked on a quest to circumnavigate Newfoundland in just over a month. They aim to beat the current record of 44 days while documenting the expedition and celebrating Newfoundland’s history and people through videos, interviews, and written media. Their journey began in Quidi Vidi on June 22 and will conclude several weeks later.

Before beginning the expedition, David told the media that their kayaking journey is around 2000 km, and they aim to cover 45-60 km every day. Jack mentioned that they would stay in touch with friends and family during the trip. They plan to get resupplied with food by Dave’s friends and family about once a week. You can follow their thrift journey on Instagram

David Mackay was introduced to sea kayaking by his family as he explored Newfoundland’s rugged coastline during family trips. This passion led him to become a sea kayak guide and paddle across Newfoundland and other parts of Canada. The idea of circumnavigating Newfoundland emerged in the summer of 2020. David’s kayaking adventures include competing in the Yukon River Quest and solo trips in Alaska.

Jack Kotaska is an English and History student at the University of Victoria, and he enjoys Vancouver Island’s outdoor activities like kayaking, kite surfing, running, and soccer. His passion for kayaking and adventure began in his hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he explored local lakes and rivers with my family. This led to multi-week canoe trips and guided wilderness excursions. This is Jack’s first time in Newfoundland, and he is excited to experience its people, music, and landscapes during the current Around the Rock 2024 adventure.