Bert terHart's Epic Journey

Bert, a resident of Gabriola island, BC, left Victoria on Vancouver Island for his lifelong dream of sailing single-handed around the world, west to east, via the five capes, using only celestial navigation, and all in seven months.

All the wrong places

Searching for wind in all the wrong places...

Eerily quite on deck without so much as a cats-paw on the water. I would be enjoying the quiet if I didn't feel the press to clear the coming low and trough and get going east.

Not Again

Not again. Not here. Not now...

Yet again we are becalmed and roll mercilessly in the swell. Heading north to avoid the 40+ kmot winds and 6-8 meter seas of an intense low that strengthens as it moves eastward, we are stymied by a large,...

Off and running

Off and running, or more correctly, beating. It is a bit of out of the frying pan and into the fire as we are currently going north as fast as possible to clear a small but vigorous low that is due here on Thursday.

The shallow bank north and...

Leaving Stanley

With repairs done as best I could, and likely no opportunity to climb the mast, I needed to think about leaving. The problem with leaving was getting everything on the bottom of the bay back on board. The anchors, chain, and likely a good section of the nylon...

From All of Us Here on the Falklands

Tucked in amongst the tins, hand warmers, chocolate, and granola bars was a plain brown paper bag with some writing on it. It read:

"An extra gift from the Falklands. Happy Sailing"

A gift no less. Another unexpected kindness....

What are the chances of that?

If texts could talk the one I received at 0330am two days ago would have been shouting. Someone thought Seaburban was the yacht they had crewed on when Seaburban, then Artisan, was moved from the Med to the Caribbean.

I know precious little...

Kindness

Kindness

From the little I've seen, I can well imagine how this place would want to make you stay. It is beautiful in a way I can relate too. Broad, sweeping landscapes and endless skies. The weather comes at you full force and varies greatly....

So hard to say goodbye

So hard to say goodbye

I had hoped to be on my way by Friday at the latest. The wind gods, however, conspired to turn that into an impossibility. The wind just won't let up enough for me to get my ground tackle back on board safely by hand. By...

Reprovisioning

Hello Jenny!

Just a quick note to say how absolutely brilliant the reprovisioning went. Drop off was early this morning and went without a hitch.

The photo shows a good portion of what was sent but not all! Thank you so very much...

North Shore

A view of the north shore of the harbour. Look closely and you'll see the names of the Royal Navy ships that served in the Falklands.