Chris Bertish Becomes First to Cross Atlantic by Paddleboard

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    Mar 11, 2017 1:54 AM GMT
    Chris Bertish arriving in Antigua after completing his 93-day, 4,050-mile trip.

    NYT: As dawn broke over the Caribbean on Thursday, Chris Bertish, bearded and shirtless, paddled toward Antigua’s English Harbour more than three months after leaving Africa, successfully finishing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a stand-up paddleboard.

    Bertish, a South African sailor and big-wave surfer, had paddled through the night and was now approaching the island under stormy skies, listening to “Impi” by Johnny Clegg and Juluka.

    “The sky was really fierce and ominous,” Bertish, 42, said in his first interview after arriving. “But then the sun peeked its way through with this incredible gold and black beaming through the clouds. It was just beautiful, and it was just me in the middle of it. ”

    Bertish left the Agadir Marina in Morocco on Dec. 6. and planned to make the 4,600-mile, open-ocean passage unsupported and unassisted on a 20-foot stand-up paddleboard to Florida in four months.

    He made an estimated two million paddle strokes during the journey.
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    Mar 11, 2017 4:02 AM GMT
    That's a paddle board? Still, a solo crossing of the Atlantic over 4600 miles in any open craft is a major accomplishment.