A 42-year-old South African man just crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a stand-up paddleboard.
Chris Bertish started his journey from Agadir, Morocco and ended in Antigua on Thursday. That’s 4,050 miles (!!) that he spent alone with nothing but a custom-designed paddleboard, a satellite phone, GPS equipment, and some food and water stores, and he completed the whole journey in 94 days. Oh, and he did the whole thing for charity.
Bertish, a big-wave surfer and sailor, commissioned British boat designer and naval architect Phil Morrison to design the 20-foot-long boat, which included a sleeping space and place to store all his equipment. Although he contended with storms and sharks while out on the high seas, Bertish told the Guardian that his boat was able to right itself if it capsized and that he could use anchors to stabilize the board during storms.
He was even able to keep a “captain’s log” of sorts on Facebook (and he even did a mid-ocean interview with SUP magazine). SUP reports that when he sailed into Antigua’s English Harbor, he was “20 pounds lighter and sporting a Castaway-style bushy beard,” but was in good enough spirits to devour a hamburger immediately upon landing and give a press conference a few hours later.
“It seems mind-boggling that I’m alive at all, to be honest,” Bertish told SUP. “I really had a lot of support and guiding hands from many different sources, both high and low.”
Source: Men’s Health
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