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Canadian sailor almost home after 8 months alone at sea

by SV Seaburban Shoreteam 17 Jul 14:26 UTC

Vancouver Island BC Sailing from Victoria, BC on October 28, 2019 Gabriola Island resident Bert ter Hart is the FIRST North American to complete a single-handed, non-stop East-about circumnavigation via the five Southern Great Capes using only traditional non-electronic navigational tools while also undertaking a significant environmental outreach program during his voyage.

  • Bert is an active member of the Gabriola Island Power and Sail Squadron (CPS-ECP) and until recently, the Educational Officer. He is also a member of the Silva Bay Yacht Club, Gabriola Island and the Ocean Cruising Club.
  • His background includes a master's degree in Oceanography, military service, martial arts, and is self-employed developing and teaching search engine software.
  • He has skippered his boat several times to the Bering Sea while rounding Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii.
  • He was recently honoured as a co-recipient of an OCC Challenge Grant to help facilitate meritorious voyages of adventure of environmental concern.
  • It is the first time a person from North America has attempted such a challenge using non electronic navigation.
The Sailboat, SV Seaburban: Built in 1987 at Hamilton Ontario by Hank Hinkley and a Canadian Partner, Seaburban is an OCY 45. Based on the Reliance 44 hull, she's a go-anywhere Cruising Club of America design by Pierre Meunier that has proven herself over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

July 14, 2020: Bert is almost home! Currently 500nm due East of Vancouver Island, Bert hopes to finally enter the Victoria Inner Harbour July 18 /19. His journey has been an adventure in weather and human resilience. Only 300 people have completed this journey solo in comparison to the 4000 people that have conquered Mt. Everest. His homecoming will be nothing less than an emotional return and a tribute to the conquering human spirit!

After Bert's voyage caught the attention of the Good News Network and Yahoo!Lifestyles, Bert is trending on social media. His Instagram page quickly shot up by 4000+ followers in 24 hours. The January FaceBook post "the Storm" reached over 50,000. Bert is also hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and sailors with children and classrooms who have been following his journey around the Globe.

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