On the morning of March 9, South African Chris Bertish became the first person to successfully standup paddle across the Atlantic Ocean. His historic crossing covered 4050 miles from Morocco to Antigua. At 8:32 a.m. AST, Bertish arrived in Antigua’s English Harbour and stepped onto dry land for the first time in 93 days.
Here’s an excerpt from Bertish’s final Captain’s Log entry:
93days at sea.. Alone!
4050NM /7500km paddled
10NM to the finish.. Approx 3hours
Over 2,008 800 strokes taken -2million!
Over R6,500 000 raised for Charity so far, the Gala dinners on my return will raised another R5-6million. Total >R12Million
New World Records x 3
People inspired- hundreds of thousands
Kids lives this project has and now will change over the next two decades- Millions!
It took everything I had for over 5yrs, just get this project up and myself to the start line in Morroco after building the Impifish for this specific goal and purpose in England! Then it took every fiber in my being to get through each and every day & every never ending night, day by day, stroke by stroke, over 2Million, as I paddled smiles across the Atlantic and onto the faces of millions of little children in South Africa… I took everything to stay alive for 93days and to finish this, as giving up was never an option!”
Way to go Chris! To learn more about his incredible journey, click to proptalk.com/first-ever-solo-trans-atlantic-sup-crossing.