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I was thinking what to make for dinner to celebrate rounding Cape Horn when I realized there wasn’t really anything to choose from. The only proper option was Snert.

In other words, Dutch Pea Soup in honour of the Dutch navigator Willem Schouten who named Cape Horn after the Dutch city Hoorn. My father reminded me that I am likely one of only a handful of have now sailed in both this place and its namesake.

I am very proud and attached to my Dutch heritage. My mother and father are Dutch and I have relatives living in Holland and Australia. So Snert it was to be.

I made a huge pot of the stuff. Enough for my father Jan ter Hart, Tante Zulma, Oom Joe, Tessa, Dirk-Jan, Belinda, Bettina, Lizzy, and of course my own brother Jan and sisters Stella and Leah.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

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