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While it may only seem like a short time on the surface, Chris’ mates have been there from the start. Check out how long he’s been working on this project:
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"Chasing the Sun" -a sneak peek into the Documentary that's being made about this incredible journey!
Chris Bertish's #TheSupCrossing expedition has grabbed hearts and minds of people around the world. Inspiring them by taking millions with him on this epic journey through his powerful, positive and riveting Captain's Logs journal posts.
This is an epic story like no other and the film is going to be spectacular... Chris and his small team have been working on shooting the film for almost a year already.
Besides Chris's writing of his weekly Captains Logs, on this epic journey, Chris has also been doing a daily video log and filming and saving the footage, the entire journey, while paddling across the ocean, over and above everything else!
It's with unwavering courage and an unshakeable will to succeed against all odds and his immense sense of passion for his purpose, to make a positive impact on the world which keeps Chris going, against all odds, no matter what.
Every day, he faces new choices, obstacles, challenges and life-threatening situations, alone out there on the Atlantic, as he becomes the first person on the planet to Stand Up Paddles across the Atlantic Ocean, over 4050miles/7500km, from Morocco to the Caribbean, completely unsupported and unassisted!
Driven only by passion and powered by a purpose greater than himself, to change the world by leaving a positive self-sustaining charitable impact and legacy on the world!
If he gets it right, he will of achieved the Impossible and rewritten history, inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world and changed the lives of millions and generations to follow!
If he gets it wrong he will not survive.
Find out how one man, with one mission, one vision, was prepared to put it all on the line.. To sacrifice it all, whatever it would take, to stand up paddle across the Atlantic Ocean for Charity.
Paddling the equivalent of a marathon a day, for over 90 days straight, to inspire the world and redefine Possible!
The world needs a hero right now & this is that story!
Welcome to a sneak peek into the beginning of the epic documentary-"Chasing the Sun "
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Special thanks to the crew at Two Oceans Aquarium, and a special shout out to Maryke Musson and Russell Stevens. Proud to be their Ambassador working on ocean awareness, conservation, and education. #TheSupCrossing Carrick Wealth ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re introducing a new series of videos featuring some of Chris’ closest mates, talking about Chris and his incredible endeavor. First question–how long have you known Chris? #TheSupCrossing #CarrickWealth ... See MoreSee Less
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Chris’ 2017 Calendar is filling fast! Don’t miss the opportunity to have him speak at your next event.
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Captain s Log Ocean Date-Wed 22nd Feb 17'
"A tale shifting gears, ImpiFish love, changing winds, the law of stacking your monkeys, World Records, and the HuckleberryFinn! "
Update Thurs 23rd... 1pm today
Been an incredibly frustrating 36hours, getting blown and ragged backwards and in circles over 30miles from he effects of a huge Low pressure up North-(Dennis I think) but it's moving North & this morning, even though the wind is not in my favor, I lifted my sea Anchor and started moving forward/ well sideways heading North West.. A changed attitude and mindset will do you wonders, when you change the way you see the world, as suddenly the World you see, begins to change! 👌
So I thought I would take a scenic tour up North for the day, as I hear the sea and scenery is amazing further North 😉 I might stay over there tonight if it's pretty and then get back on track and head West in the morning again towards Antigua...😂
Next Captains Log, will be coming to you on Monday the 27th, brought to you proudly by... "Captain Crabstick, the trusty #ImpiFish and the mighty Stripe! "
It's been a long and tough week, but hey, shut up, stop whining really, what's new... It's been like that for months on end now.
I guess I wouldn't have it any other way.
It's character building and makes for some great stories for you guys!👌
I've been stuck in adverse wind and weather for the last 36hrs. Going backwards, but that's for the next log🙈
It seems the changing winds out here are like the change in ocean conditions, which happen daily sometimes hourly, which is something that isn't an expectation, it's a guarantee out here. It's like life, just intensified and magnified twentyfold, with life threatening and intense moments and emotions swinging from one extreme to the other, as what seems to have become a daily norm...
From Valentine's Day, I had brief break in the weather, so I did some repairs on my goggles and stitched them up and decided to give my lady some much needed TLC on her special day...#ImpiFishLove
I dipped my face under the canvas and into the deep mystic blue... dived in, gave her belly a much-needed rub and cleaned her off, of all the goose barnacles and sea fur growing quickly, which slows us down.
Jumped out, replaced the longer centerboard which I have had for the last 2 months, with the shorter one, I had been keeping for the last part of the journey, which is more unstable, but would have less drag, and also faster, so I knew I would now be able to get used to it and that was that! Suck it up and get on with it!
Minutes later the wind picked up and we were off like a firecracker!
Everything felt fast and I knew I needed to capitalize on the speed, so made a call and decided to try and make use of an extra monkey to get my head around the overwhelmingly far distance I still had to go... Which I was really struggling with mentally.
"I needed to try and break the 24hr record."
I stopped and sent a couple mails.
Made a call to the team and we were game on, for the first 8 hours, I was all guns blazing, until about 6pm, when the wind, died, even though not forecast and then over the next 3 hours, died even further and then did a full 360 degree turn... From all angles and by this point, I knew there was no way I was gong to be able to pull it off, so I had to call it, around 8pm.
The thinking was...at least I pushed the miles up for the day and that was the objective, it was a great mental distraction.
The following morning the forecast looked good and the conditions by 10am were great, so I thought, well, why not try it again? So, we called it on for 12noon GMT and I was off again...
By the morning, the wind had lightened up a little too much, but I just kept pushing, knowing it must be close to 50miles, as I had been monitoring my average speeds closely and watching the numbers.
Sure enough, by 12:30GMT I got word I had set a new World Record of over 50nm, but somehow, deep down I knew if the conditions had stayed that 5knts stronger through the night and morning I could have done 60nm.
I knew it was out there waiting for me...
And as I paddled on and looked at the forecast it actually looked a little stronger and holding all the way through till the following evening, so even though I was pretty tired, I knew that if these conditions held and it was going to get a touch stronger... Maybe this was that window I had been searching for?
We'll, I was out here for one reason only...
...to paddle and change lives.
So what was stopping me from trying it again?
Ok, take a break and get back on it.
I took an hour break, reset the clocks and miles and went at it again...
This time the conditions were pretty spot on all the way through the evening and the following morning.
It was perfect!
Avg 12-15knts, with gusts in the 18knts range. By the morning, I knew we, the #Impifish and I, had pretty much broken the previous day's record before I even got to 12GMT mark. It was just whether I had cracked the 60nm barrier?
Could it be done? Had I done it?
I waited for Leven to track my route and do the numbers over the sat phone.
62.54nm/115km/71.97sm in 24/hrs.
I did a little dance and jig on my deck and laughed out loud, like a mad sea pirate. Then I went into my little cabin and had my second last chocolate as my prize, to celebrate. I took an hour and a half break and then went back out and got back on paddling!
I still have to get across the ocean so sleeping won't help, I could sleep later that night...
And this is the story of stacking your monkeys, one after the next, after the next until...suddenly, I had achieved just under 150nm in 3 days!
Which is incredible and it got me under 700 miles from Antigua!
Which I had been battling with mentally, but now without even thinking about it, I was there already, thanks to the law of stacking those monkeys!
I made a decision as an "AttitudeOfGratitude" I was going to pay for an Operation for Operation Smile for every record I break, on this expedition, as I believe that all of us are role models and heroes to our youth, so we need to be the best we can be, both on and off our relative playing field and set an example of good to others and hopefully by doing this, it will inspire others to do the same.
The following day I received a message from someone on social media to let me know they were sailing to Antigua and should be passing me on the same course the following day and would I mind if they came by to say hi and cheer me on, as they went by?
I said, "Sure, no problem, as long as the conditions were light and it was during the day." They game me the yachts name and didn't think much more of it, as I had a couple others mention they were going to pass by over previous weeks but it's never really as easy or as simple as it sounds in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.
The following day, just as I go out to start the second shift of the day, I check the forecast and its light and sunny and then I get a message from Ivan Wilken at Superyachts.com to say they are less than 40NM away and will see me later.
"Ha! Awesome! This should be fun..." I thought.
2-hours later, I'm still on shift and there she blows! My AIS starts flashing and 8nm out, behind me off my aft quarter I see an incoming vessel... I grab my hand-held VHF radio and give them a call.
"Huckleberry, Huckleberry, Huckleberry, this is ImpiFish, ImpiFish, ImpiFish, do you copy, over?"
30secs later Ivan comes on and says, "Hi!" He has picked me up on radar and AIS. They are incoming and did I need some rations or anything?
I said, "No, I actually have everything I need but you should pull by if you can... within half an hour, The SY Huckleberry was 200ft away, a beautiful 44metre ketch with 7 crew waving and screaming from the bow.
IT WAS AWESOME!
I was trying to shoot some footage and get a quick update on the weather and their expected ETA for Antigua. We shared some laughs and smiles mid-ocean and as they carried on sailing by, they sounded their horn and dropped a little platinum bag in the water as they sailed off...
As I paddled up to the little plastic bag, I grabbed it and to my delight there was a little note attached saying "Keep up the good and inspiring work. Enjoy the treats inside! From, Ivan and the Huckleberry Crew.
Inside the best present ever! An ice-cold Coke, an orange, a couple chocolates and some Euro's towards the #SupCrossing charity initiative.
If he was there, I probably would have kissed him!
Now, that right there is a mid-Atlantic hero to me.
It might not have been much for him and the big, fancy yacht, but for a guy who hadn't seen land or spoken to anyone in view for over 72 days, that little encounter was a godsend and kept me smiling all day...
The hardest thing was watching them sail off into the distance when all I wanted to do was be onboard, more than anything. It was a strange feeling and I find hard to put into words...
...as we all need a hero in certain times of our life and Ivan, little does he know it, was that hero to me that day.
I have been told I'm a hero to many.
The definition of a hero is an ordinary person who finds the courage and strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Yes, this is true...
...but I believe a hero can be more than that.
Each and every one of us can be a hero to someone else, just like Ivan was for me...
I have many heroes in my life, as I believe we all need heroes to admire, respect and look up to.
Right from my Dad, my Mom, my brothers, some of my friends and numerous people I know that have battled through incredibly tough times and illnesses...
These are my heroes...
Anyone who still stays positive perseveres and sets a great example for those around them, even in the face of hardship, adversity, and struggle; or just sets a great example and is a great role model as a Dad or Mom for their child.
The world needs more heroes...
...so be the best you can be; lead by example; lead by attitude and make a positive difference in someone else's life...
Because there's a hero in every one of us. So go out and make a positive impact on the world; change a life; inspire a friend; be the best you can be. You will effect and have a positive ripple effect on more people and lives than you will ever know!
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