Bert terHart is a Canadian man who set sail on October 27, 2019, from Victoria, BC, Canada on an adventure to circle the globe non-stop. He is sailing on his 40’ ocean-faring sailboat, without even the aid of electronic navigational devices.
Bert is aiming to become the first North American to complete this kind of journey while using only an almanac, sextant, pen, paper, and a logbook for navigation.
A Lone Sailing Adventure
Since beginning his seemingly risky journey in the fall of 2019, Bert has coincidentally become the safest person in the world. On April 1st, Bert was close to Australia which is two-thirds of his way through his journey.
While sailing, Bert has experienced a few battles including emergency repairs, violent weather, extreme temperatures that go from scorching hot to freezing cold, and even moldy food.
His journey was planned to last 6 months; however, the extreme weather has caused some delays and required Bert to sail many kilometers off course in order to avoid extreme winds and hurricanes. Now, his journey has stretched to 8 months.
Bert is noting information regarding climate change which he will give to oceanographic scientific research companies.
Bert’s Goals While at Sea
In order to become the first North American to complete this journey, Bert can’t stop to disembark at any port. He has 9 months’ worth of food, water, and supplies onboard. Not only does he want to be the first to complete this sailing journey, but also someone who can inspire young people to live their craziest dreams so they can come true.
When asked about what advice he would give for those who are on land and dealing with the quarantine, Bert said that self-isolation is a chance for one to learn more about themselves and that it is rare for us to have time to examine ourselves in terms of what we want and hope to leave behind as a legacy.