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After a week of upwind work in winds from 4 to 34 knots against mixed swell and wind wave from 4 to 14 feet, we are finally granted a reprieve. We are no longer pitching and diving into head seas with the bow throwing sheets of spray as far back as the cockpit. The lee scuppers are dry and we roll languidly in a prodigious swell kicked up by Tropical Cyclone Herold hundreds of miles away to our Northeast.

It is the sort of swell you read about in novels, or watch and hear about in classic movies. Bogart saying “I dunno sweetheart, but you better get below and find that slicker you said you brought along. There’s trouble headed our way. These here waves ain’t never wrong!”

I’ve always wanted to be at sea when they were about. Here I am and for the most part, they’re somewhat anticlimactic. Or perhaps I had just expected too much. Regardless, we are definitely playing to their tune as there is no hope of going east and against them until some solid breeze arrives. Until that breeze arrives, we wait

For me, the reprieve has been more than welcome. Like a hockey player between Stanley Cup playoff rounds, I’ve been nursing injuries back to health:
  Back:  60%
  Neck: 30%
  Knee: 10%

Added up, you get 100%. Shore Team, this is SV Seaburban. We are 100% green and good to go!

All that must be done is done. The path east is no longer barred closed: We wait for the forecasted Southerly winds to fill in so that we may be on our home.

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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