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.

Almost

We are almost through with the more severe weather of this low. The wind is down to 30 knots with forays into the upper 20's. The waves are no longer building and the sun has shouldered its way through the overcast. We now wait for the wind to gradually drop...

Red Sky In the Morning

Despite the impending bad weather, the morning sun was a welcome change to our regular diet odd gray. I had hopes that the broken clouds would last at least 'till noon. It was not to be as shortly after taking this picture the sun hid away completely and has...

Gray Days

We've had a succession of days like this. The sun has been in very short supply and rain threatens under every cloud. It is not unlike winter weather back home. Most people I know travel thousands of miles to escape the dreadful gray dreariness. Seems we've...

Spit and Bubblegum


You know you are in trouble when the first words in the manual are "Remove vane from stern of boat ..."

The aft actuator shaft bushing on the Monitor looked to have succumbed after only 13000 miles or so. It was supposed to go 15000 but,...

Arts and Crafts Day

Arts and Crafts Day

About a a month and a half ago I found a broken bit of plastic on the deck. To my horror it was a broken mainsail slide. The kind of I-foolishly-left-the-spares-at-home mainsail slide.

I worried some and then...

Delicacies

Delicacies

In some countries, Gooseneck barnacles are considered a delicacy. I was fortunate enough to be born in a country where that is not the case.

For sailors they are a speed-robbing plague no matter what their nationality....

Mixed Bag

It would seem that no one's mind is made up. The sky and clouds say the weather should improve just when the sea kicks up. And when the sea settles, the sky screams tempest.

All day we've sailed with a mixed bag of rain, drizzle, sun, swell,...

Prime Time


Virtually everything in our world, virtually everything that we surround ourselves with, owes something to the definitive, universal formalization of longitude. And to the man who dedicated his life to doing it.

The Prime Meridian, 0...

Happy Valentine Day

Aloha and Happy Valentine's Day to my beloved Bert. I love you, I believe in you and, again, I wish you everything that is fulfilling to your heart.

Mahalo, my warmest thank you and Happy Valentine's Day to all who are connected with Bert and...

I spy...

I spy with my little eye something that is blue....