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.

Who is Salty?

Many have asked about this companion aboard Seaburban. Well, there is indeed a story. Good friend and fellow member of the Gabriola Power and Sail Squadron, Bos Malcolm, had for many, many years, a stuffed toy seal he named "Salty". Salty accompanied Bos for...

Rampant Nakedness

I found this note neatly laid atop nicely folded clean clothes:

To The Smellee Bottum Kapitan of the Morulless Debached Saylin Tub C-Burbin:

As the hi-est rangking membur of the krew, and a membur in gud standing ov the C-fairurs...


The day dawned much different than it had set. Gone were the washing machine waves and mystery current. The sun rose over my little patch of the world revealing the breeze that had crept up the night before.

We had been sailing since just after...

My Mom Said

My mom said there would be days like today.

My mom passed away in January 2016. I miss her every day and especially on those days when nature chooses to show us how beautiful the world really is.

For me, it is not the grandiose...

Cumulus Hanger-Ons

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.

These towering cumulus clouds shadow us to port and dare Seaburban, Salty, and I to make a dash for the westerlies down south.

Having had enough of languishing under clouds for the time...

Bubba Gump Shrimp

"I tell ya Forrest, I know just about everything there is to know about shrimp. There's fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, shrimp curry, shrimp cocktail, ..."

"Look Bubba! Sting-ing rain!"


There was a sign attached to a coconut floating in the sea a while back. We came across it just as we were attempting our end around of this persistent trough to the south and west. The sign read "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Despite the strangeness of...

A Proper Dousing

Just in case you were wondering what it looks like a few minutes before one is about to get drenched in the tropics, this should give you some idea. Even without any wind, it rained hard enough to sting bare skin.

I did some much needed...

Repeat as Required

This morning is shaping up to be a mirror image of yesterday's early wake-up call.

By tomorrow this will all be a memory. For now, however, it's the same kid playing with his toys.

Patience, thou art a fickle friend indeed.

Sandwiich Spread

All day long we've sailed sandwiched between squalls and showers. In one 75 minute period, we sailed for a time north, east, west, and south. As long as we weren't rolling without mercy, I was fine with any course.

Not knowing that the...