Seaburban, 43 feet LOA at anchor
(photo by Bert terHart)
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5 Capes: Horn, Agulhas, Leeuwin, South East, South

Bert terHart, the Squadron’s long-time member and former Educational Officer, embarked on a solo, non-stop voyage to circumnavigate the globe via all five southern capes on October 27, 2019 from Victoria, British Columbia. He used only celestial navigation. Bert returned to Victoria safely 267 days later on July 18, 2020, having been continuously at sea during his world circumnavigation.
Bert sent daily updates via satellite to his wife, Nani, who forwarded them to Gabriola Squadron Communications Officer Don Butt for posting on the blog entitled "Bert terHart’s Epic Journey."
During the journey, the main purpose of this web site page was to provide links to the websites that were telling the trip's story, but here you will also find some of the milestones of Bert's epic journey. For the full story, go toBert's blog maintained by Don Butt or to Bert's ownFive Capes web site.

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Bert Sets Out
October 27, 2019

Getting Seaburban ready
for his solo non-stop voyage around the world
and having some fun with a marina sign
Photo: Nani terHart
Bert is on his way on the Strait of Juan de Fuca

In the South Pacific
December 31, 2019

Seaburban at the 49th parallel south on New Year's Eve
Happy New Year, Bert!

At Cape Horn
January 8, 2020

Just before 0200
Pacific Time

Past Cape Horn
January 11, 2020

Port Stanley, The Falklands
January 16, 2020

at anchor
in Port Stanley

photos by
Robin C. Goodwin

Cape Horn Party at Bert and Nani's on Gabriola Island
January 26, 2020

Thanks to Nani and her crew it was a wonderful evening to share Bert’s incredible accomplishments.

Longitude 0°.00.000e
February 15, 2020

Greenwich, England
is just to the north :-)

Past Cape Agulhas
February 24, 2020

Today, 24 Feb at 1406 local time (UTC+1) at 41 08S 20 00E, I passed under Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Officially, I am in the Indian Ocean - Bert

Cape Agulhas Party at Bert and Nani's on Gabriola Island
March 7, 2020

Not a big crowd, but it was fun - thank you Nani for hosting.

Past Cape Leeuwin
April 8, 2020

07 April 2020 by Bert terHart Greetings from the land down under! This morning at 0415 UTC+7 Apr 8, I passed longitude 115 08E and under Cape Leeuwin. As far as I am concerned, I am in Australia's back yard.

Past South East Cape
April 20, 2020

20 April 2020 by Bert terHart: At 1900 local 20 Apr, 0900 UTC we passed under South East Cape, Tasmania. That would be 4 out of 5, leaving but one more: South Cape, New Zealand. We should be there in 8 days or less.

At South Cape
April 28, 2020

28 April 2020 by Bert terHart: At 1815 local, UTC+11, I passed under New Zealand's South Cape. It was, of course and fittingly so, blowing a gale and gusting more with miserable seas coming from three different directions. In other words, perfect Southern Ocean sailing conditions.

Crossing the Equator
June 10, 2020

10 June 2020, by Bert terHart: by The Line The Equator at dawn. And with daybreak, the last of the milestones turned. By my reckoning 0 00 154 59W. We ghosted across in less than 5 knots of breeze doing just over 3. It has been that way all night.

Close to Our Fair Dominion: Just Over the 49th Parallel
July 10, 2020

Canada Rises Out of the Fog: Bert's Last Day on the Ocean
July 17, 2020

July 18, 2020

At the Canada Customs Float

Bert receiving an award on behalf of the president of the Ocean Cruising Club from Ian Grant, Rear Commodore of the OCC for his incredible feat of circumnavigating solo, non-stop, using only celestial navigation.
(both photos: Don Butt)