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Start/Finish - Victoria BC

Departure scheduled for Sunday, Oct 6th 2019.

Cape Horn

Rounding the first and most famous of the 5 great capes expected sometime around the beginning of December 2019.

Cape Agulhas

Rounding of the second great cape expected sometime at the end of December 2019.

Cape Leeuwin

The third of the five great capes is expected to be astern sometime near the end of January 2020.

South East Cape

The penultimate cape should be cleared sometime around the first week of February 2020.

South Cape

The fifth and final rounding of the world's 5 great capes is expected mid-February 2020.

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. Sister-ships have sailed over every ocean on the globe.

The Skipper

Soldier, citizen-scientist, serial entrepeneur and adventurer, Seaburban’s skipper is a one-man force. Not likely to take no for an answer and quick to quip, Bert is happiest aboard and abroad.

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Bert terHart
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The Challenge

Simply stated, the goal is to sail non-stop, single-handed around the world via the 5 great capes using only a sextant, pen-and-paper, and log tables for navigation. Prior to 2019, there was only 1 person to have accomplished this feat: Sir Robin Knox Johnston. The 4 finishers in the Golden Globe Race have bumped this number to 5.

Although there have been many exceptional solo-circumnavigations by North American sailors, no North American has completed a solo-circumnavigation of this sort. My goal is to be the first.

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