Bert terHart is named recipient of the OCC Challenge Adventure Grant

Bert terHart is named recipient of the OCC Challenge Adventure Grant

Two recipients have been selected to receive the first OCC Challenge Grants which help facilitate voyages of adventure or environmental concern.

By Daria Blackwell - 17/10/2019

Bert terHart is sailing from Victoria, BC this month hoping to be the first North American to complete a single-handed, unassisted, non-stop west-about circumnavigation via the 5 great capes using only traditional navigation. Bert is also undertaking a significant environmental outreach program during his voyage. The Review Committee was moved by the adventure of the project, the level of preparation, and the grassroots nature of his organization relying on volunteers and his own money. The Committee recommended that the OCC provide Bert with an OCC Challenge Adventure Grant for his communications and community outreach.

Bert remarked, “What can I possibly say to express my profound gratitude and appreciation? I am humbled and deeply honoured to be the recipient of so generous an award. Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to the entire Review Committee! To be the first awardee is truly an honour and I am deeply grateful and humbled. Let me also say what a huge relief it is knowing that, if need be, there’s a foot in the door in some faraway place in the form of an OCC Port Officer!”


Baxter Gillespie, Chair of the OCC Challenge Grant Review Committee remarked, “The Committee was very impressed with both candidates’ initiatives and we hope these grants will contribute to their success. We will be following Bert and Jon on their adventures and reporting progress to our members and friends throughout their voyages.”

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