Well folks this is one way to avoid catching the Coronavirus... Solo Sailing! According to Yahoo there's a man who has been sailing since October and he's managed to be named the worlds safest person from the pandemic!
Since late October, a 62-year-old Canadian named Bert terHart has been sailing solo around the globe, on amission to become the first North American to complete a nonstop circumnavigation, via the five Great Capes, without the aid of electronic navigational devices. He’s faced extreme weather, dwindling supplies and unexpected repairs that have extended his trip from six to nine months — and yet, he’s beendubbed “the safest person on the planet.”
Why? Because he’s traveling alone — and hasn’t seen another person since January, in Port Stanley in the Falklands, and before that on Nov. 6 in San Francisco — and floating far from civilization, the British Columbia resident presumably has no risk of contracting or transmitting thecoronavirus disease, news of which emerged months into his journey.
Indeed, terHart has already been social distancing in the extreme, with the help of nine months’ worth of supplies, for nearly half a year. His sole companion is a stuffed seal, “Sir Salty,” who he likens to Tom Hanks’s volleyball, Wilson, inCastaway. Like many Americans, his quarantine activities include baking bread, but forget Zoom catch-ups — the married father of four grown children is without internet or video technology, and can keep in touch with his loved ones only by using email via satellite or making voice calls with a “prohibitively expensive” satellite phone with a bad connection.
The adventure has given terHart — currentlyen routeto the South East Cape, near Tasmania — plenty of time to reflect and master the art of self-isolation. Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle over email, the professional speaker, IT entrepreneur, lifelong sailor and former captain and platoon commander in the Canadian army Special Service Force shared his survival tips for flying solo for months on end, from meal planning to the importance of creating routines to maintain goodmental health.
As the Gabriola Island, B.C., native’s journey — which he’s documenting onInstagramas well as on the5 Capes blog that tracks his progress, makingclimate changeobservations along the way — approaches its seventh month, terHart also opened up about his history-making challenge, why self-isolation can be an “opportunity,” and what it’s like to be drifting along, and alone, in a sailboat while the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
Yeah, that's so much time alone on a boat!