South African-born Bertish set his sights on being the first person to cross the Atlantic, unassisted, on a stand-up paddleboard
While you were sitting back on the sofa, nursing a food baby after Christmas dinner, Chris Bertish was paddling across the Atlantic ocean on his stand-up paddleboard (SUP).
South African-born Bertish set his sights on being the first person to cross the Atlantic, unassisted, on a stand-up paddleboard. And he’s making an impressive stab at it.
According to his live tracker, Chris is nearing the halfway mark, with his GPS coordinates showing his location at somewhere to the west of Cabo Verde.
Having spent almost two months at sea with nothing other than his state-of-the-art paddle board and some basic provisions, it’s already an amazing achievement.
Starting out on December 6, 2016, from the northwest coast of Africa in Morocco, Chris began what he hoped would be a 120-day voyage.
That voyage would take him over 4,500 miles across the Atlantic, ending in the Caribbean Leeward Island of Antigua. Every day, Chris is forced to paddle the equivalent of a marathon in order to ensure his provisions don’t run out before he reaches that far-off Caribbean destination.
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has announced he will continue his Global Reach Challenge, despite being forced to abandon his attempt to scale Mount Aconcagua in South America last month because of a back injury.
The 72-year-old is determined to become the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the seven highest mountains on each continent, to raise money for the terminal illness charity Marie Curie.
Sir Ranulph was just hours from the top of the 6,962m (22,838 ft) peak when back pain forced him to stop. His support team used their IsatPhone 2 satellite phone to call for help and he was airlifted off the mountain, leaving the future of the whole challenge uncertain.
Here comes trouble. Hurricane Irma built an eyewall over the warm waters of the Eastern Atlantic on Thursday morning, and is now rapidly intensifying, becoming a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.
Irma is the fourth hurricane of this active Atlantic hurricane season, and comes three weeks before the usual September 21 date for the season’s fourth hurricane. Irma appears destined to become a dangerous long-track major hurricane that could potentially impact the islands of the Caribbean as well as the mainland U.S. next week and the following week.
Satellite images on Thursday morning showed a well-organized storm with plenty of heavy thunderstorms which were increasing in intensity, and a prominent eye had appeared in both visible and infrared imagery.