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.

Joke's On Me

It's April Fools Day and somebody told me it was summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Apparently, they were joking.

It is cold outside. As in raining ice pellets cold. Even with gloves on my fingers were Popsicles before I could finish shaking the...

About the Ocean Cruising Club

This, from the OCC site: https://oceancruisingclub.org/

Announcing the First Recipients of the New OCC Challenge Grant. Devon, UK, 17 October 2019 -

Two recipients, Bert terHart and Jon Sanders, have been selected to receive...

Ocean Cruising Club

The little black box in the picture is what enables me to communicate via voice, email, and text. It also enables me to send low resolution images via email and to download weather data from a variety of different sources. It is an Iridium Go! satellite wifi...

Tough Day at the Plant

West swell 12-15 feet, Southwest wind waves 6-8 feet, and winds 28 gusting 38 knots made for a tough day at the plant. It's been a rough ride with too frequent heavy hits from cresting and breaking wave

I've been on deck all day trying to find...

Real Food

I baked bread yesterday while Seaburban bounded over the waves and swell at 7s and 8s, blowing 25.

We are trying to stay east of a trough and intense low forecast to develop north and west of our estimated position April 7th and 8th. To make...

Red Skies

The forecast for the coming week to 10 days looks ominous. There will be a series of increasingly stronger, more intense, and longer lasting troughs that will overrun me approaching as always from the west. To the north, another region of high pressure will...

Silver Linings

It's been one of those days. One of those try as you might you should never have gotten out of bed days. I have slipped, tripped, and fallen on deck and in the cabin. I managed to drop, let slip, or let slide food or drink. The sextant and I got a salt-water...

Good Before

The good before date on this head of cabbage was some 3 months ago. It's been passing as fresh salad on board Seaburban since we departed Victoria last October.

Good before, not deadly after is how I've been approaching things. For the past few...

The Shift

For the past three days or so, this is what I've been waiting for. This bright patch of sky heralded the wind veering from South Southwest to Northwest.

We've been going south to get the boat positioned around 44 30S to take advantage of the...

Firsts

Today is a day of firsts. In the countless hours I have spent outside watching countless birds catch nothing, I saw an Albatross chance upon a squid. The squid didn't stand a chance.

Looking forward, I saw an Albatross literally drop out of the...