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UPDATE: Vancouver Virtual Club Night - The Lure of the Distant and Difficult

Heather Marshall

Your living room

08 Sep 2021 1900h - 2200h  

Members $0 / Non-Members $0

UPDATE: Although we were all looking forward to finally visiting face-to-face at this month’s club night, the Vancouver Watch has decided that an in-person meeting will have to wait a little longer.  After a careful review of the most recent provincial COVID regulations for indoor gatherings (social distancing, masking, limited circulation etc), it is the Watch’s feeling that they are too restrictive to be able to offer the social experience we were all looking forward to.  The good news is that we can still gather via Zoom, so on September 8 please tune in and enjoy Bert’s presentation “Seaburban Around Alone – The Lure of the Distant and Difficult.”


On July 18, 2020 Bert terHart arrived back in Victoria after having spent 265 days at sea alone, becoming the first North American to sail non-stop around the world, using only traditional navigational tools.

What does a mind-bending, near suicidal attempt at the very nearly impossible have to do with anything other than crazy? Discover what it takes, and means, to adventure into the most remote, extreme, and hostile marine environment on the planet.

Bert terHart has had a lifelong passion for the oceans and oceanography. With advanced degrees in math, physics, and physical oceanography, he has studied the role the world’s oceans and coastal seas play in moderating and regulating climate, nutrient productivity, and pollution distributions, and salmon migration.

His passion for the oceans has translated into over 45,000 miles sailed aboard Seaburban and a keen advocacy for the citizen scientist in all of us. The extraordinary voyages of early Spanish, Dutch, French, and British sailors and mapmakers are a constant motivator and inspiration. Bert is an enthusiastic proponent of utilizing traditional navigational skills and techniques while voyaging.


This will be a Virtual Club Night, on the Zoom platform.  All BCA members will receive an invitation with links to the Zoom meeting and login details.  If you are not a member (or if you did not receive the email) and would like to attend please email the Vancouver Speakers Watchkeeper for details.


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  1. Harold Kernodle says:

    Missed Sept. 8 presentation. Any video?

  2. Alison Bird says:

    I was very disappointed to miss the Sept 8 presentation. Is it available online?

  3. Vancouver Communications says:

    Unfortunately, BCA has not been recording our Club Night presentations, so they are not available online.