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.

A farewell from the blog administrator

It's Don Butt here, a friend of Bert and Nani, a fellow instructor in the Gabriola Power and Sail Squadron (CPS-ECP), and the administrator for the blog documenting Bert's epic voyage around the world. Bert has sent via satellite daily accounts of his...

The Pointed End

Infantry soldiers are sometimes referred to as the pointed end of the stick. It is that end that does all the damage. It is that end you notice. The rest of the stick, the vast majority of it, is lost in a veil of tears. Back in my day, for every soldier in...

Excruciating

I have been sailing at 1 knot or less for hours towards a tidal gate at Race Rocks I know is closed to me by a strong ebb. It is agonizingly close, but I am travelling at an excruciating pace.

The only saving grace beyond what lies just 8 mils...

Lasts

Th 5 Capes Voyage has been a never ending parade of firsts for me. An incredibly diverse journey that has surpassed all that I could have imagined it to be. And suddenly, in a blink of an eye, the lasts come tumbling at me too fast to bring into focus let...

Landfall

At 0635 local (1535Z) 17 July the mountains bordering the west coast of Vancouver Island rose out of the fog that has been tracking us East. Landfall. In Canada.

Who would have believed it a year ago? I was barely able to dream it, let alone...

Windows

Tonight, this night will be my last night off soundings. It will be my last night at sea, sailing the open ocean. Tomorrow night I will be in the Straits of Juan de Fuca anxiously watching the commercial traffic steam past while the tide does with me whatever...

Sir Salty McPorpoise

I found this note taped to the galley stove this morning:

To the Kaptin of the slowist oshun-goin saylin tub this here side of the Pasifick:

See in az whur nere to makin landfal and hafin to klere custumz AND close to sum of thee...

Homestretch

The first picture is the oceanic chart for the North Pacific Ocean. The highlighted circles are my DR noon positions. Opposite each position is a date.

There is nothing on this particular fold but ocean wilderness. Hundreds of thousands of...

ETA Victoria - November 32, 2026

ETA Victoria - November 32 2026

Yes, that is the correct date and not some autocorrect idiocy. November 32 2026 as in never in a thousand years.

I am becalmed (again), rolling miserably (again), in drizzle (again), with a...

None Too Soon

This sort of thing ended none too soon. It got worse before it got better as the wind fell to whispers and the swell remained. It took another 24 hours before the mixed Westerly, Southwesterly and Northerly swell faded.

Trying to get a morning...