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I had meant to post this photo and out an end to the mystery of the autopilot remote that died. Open sheath surgery revealed a fracture of the left ventricular grounding wire. This wire sends electrons directly to the brain so any fracture leads to a coma from which the patient will not wake up.

The surgery wasn’t complete until late so I put off posting it thinking that perhaps by itself it would be rather, shall we say, lame.

Turns out that yesterday’s 65+ knot gusts and accompanying chop kept me occupied most of the 24 hours available in any one day. As I write this now, the 45 knot gusts buffeting Seaburban hardly register. Kite-flying weather by comparison. I should mind myself however, as we are not out of the woods yet by any stretch. It won’t moderate until late afternoon and kites or no kites, anything over 30 is never a laughing matter.

Here’s the thing: The autopilot remote has been steering the boat for the last 28 hours. A stitch in time saves nine.

If you, or someone you love, has a device that is suffering from a fractured left ventricular grounding wire, have them see an electronics professional today. You’ll be glad you did.

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 goodnewsnetwork.org 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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