42-year old Chris Bertish has become the first person to cross the Atlantic on a paddleboard, spending 94 days paddling 4,500 nautical miles from Morocco to Antigua. For reference, I got winded on the walk to my car this morning and wanted to turn around and go back home, which I should have.
This was no ordinary paddleboard. Bertish, a big-wave surfer and sailing enthusiast, worked with naval architect Phil Morrison to create a custom-built 20-foot vessel with a tiny cabin and an even tinier sleeping berth. That's where he stashed GPS equipment, a satellite weather system, radios, a satellite phone, and an autopilot system. On top of the craft they installed solar panels to keep all those gadgets charged, and Bertish also kept an emergency kit--complete with a life raft and flares--nearby just in case. He also had shark repellant handy, because, well, sharks are scary. The whole getup cost over $120,000 to build.
Okay, so it's more of a tiny boat that he paddled than the paddleboards we're all familiar with. Still, an impressive feat. You think anybody has crossed the Atlantic in a paddleboat yet? Because we could be the first to do that. You have to pedal though, my legs hurt. "Leg day at the gym?" Didn't pay my bookie.
Keep going for a couple more shots of Chris's boat.
Thanks to RN, who plans on being the first person to cross the Atlantic on one of those water trikes with the giant floating wheels.