Making Tracks
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Making Tracks

Making Tracks

Making Tracks

I had thought there would be time to do the final preparations for the trip through the Southern Ocean while travelling down the Eastern North Pacific. All was going as per plan until the sudden appearance of the two potential tropical depressions.

The Johnson Series Drogue bridles, the Shark and Galerider drogues and their bridles, the sealing of the dorade boxes and hatches, the hanks for the smallest of the storm jibs, etc. If I were chased down by one of these Mexican Monsters, I would have to scramble to get prepared. I know from experience that the only good thing scrambled is an egg.

I’ve spent today making things right. I’ll spent the next few days getting all in order and to make absolutely sure I don’t get caught with my pants down.

That still leaves me to have a few practice runs with all my storm gear. That’s a must and something I’m looking forward to. Just for fun at some point on this trip I’ll stand on the deck, shake my fist at the wind, and yell “I’ve got a Drogue and I’m not afraid to use it!”

And then I’ll prostrate myself and apologize to that same wind so as not to tempt fate.

In the meantime, Seaburban makes tracks west.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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