Published On: Wed, Jul 15th, 2015

The “Go Fetch” Challenge: Kayaking From Montreal to Yucatán

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Three young men from Montreal are currently in Atlantic City and will move south toward Ocean City on their 15-month journey along the East Coast to Yucatan, Mexico. The trip was concocted by an inside joke by the friends, and fueled by their passion and the kindness of strangers.

The Go Fetch challenge is an expedition that these three long time friends have embarked upon. The objective is to kayak from Montreal Canada to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. They will travel further than 9000 km (5,625 miles)  over the course of a year in their sea kayaks.  This is certain to be one of the greatest expeditions of their lives.

Like a dog fetching a stick, these three gentlemen seek out their branch through adventure. Their quest is measured by the opportunity to bring back many memorable stories and experiences.

Like a dog fetching a stick, we seek out our branch through adventure (Photo: Facebook)

Like a dog fetching a stick, we seek out our branch through adventure (Photo: Facebook)

In French, the term “Fetch” is defined as the measure of a certain space where the wind can unfold itself without meeting any obstacles. Hopefully, through this expedition, the “Fetch” will be their ally, as its strength is recognised and used to help them reach their objective.

Nuka De Jocas-McCrae, Julien Granger and Luc Labelle (Photo: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com)

Nuka De Jocas-McCrae, Julien Granger and Luc Labelle (Photo: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com)

Their expedition will also be shaped by the challenges people give them to accomplish along the way.

Their enthusiasm, desire to learn and sense of adventure will weld these friends into an indestructible force de trois (Photo: pressofatlanticcity.com)

Their enthusiasm, desire to learn and sense of adventure will weld these friends into an indestructible force de trois (Photo: pressofatlanticcity.com)

Nuka de Jocas-McCrae, Julien Granger and Luc Labelle, 26-year-old friends from Ile-Perrot, started the 5,500-plus mile kayak trip, branded the “Go Fetch Challenge,” nearly 2 months ago.

It has been more than 10 years that these three friends have known each other (Photo: pressofatlanticcity.com)

It has been more than 10 years that these three friends have known each other (Photo: pressofatlanticcity.com)

By Tuesday July 14th, at 2 o`clock in the afternoon, the group was in Gardner’s Basin, not wanting to leave Atlantic City.

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It’s really a nice city, you guys get a bad rap,” de Jocas-McCrae said over the phone on Tuesday July 14th, noting some Atlantic City residents treated the trio to lunch and drinks. “It’s always the hardest thing to move on. We fall in love with everyone we meet, but we have to do this expedition.”

De Jocas-McCrae said he hopes he and his friends inspire young people to pursue their own adventures and dreams.

There are educational blocks, in French, for teachers to follow. He said they plan on including Brigantine’s Marine Mammal Stranding Center — another local site they stopped at — in one of the modules.

Photos posted to the Facebook page dedicated to the trip showed the group at various Atlantic City and Brigantine sites. If the weather is sunny enough on Wednesday July 15th, the group will go further south to Ocean City where they were offered a spot to sleep in a marina.

An ancillary part of the trip revolves around the trio completing challenges during their kayak trek, de Jocas-McCrae said. For monetary donations, they try to accomplish different tasks. Some border on the fantastic — petting a shark and dressing as mermaids fall under that category — and others are humane, such as volunteering or bringing a blind person on a kayak trip.

 

The Yucatan Times will be following closely these impetuous adventurers along their journey, all the way from Canada to the coasts of the Yucatan.

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