Harpenden photographer at finish line of Atlantic paddleboard voyage

Chris Bertish finishing his 4,000 mile trip. Credit: Penny Bird.

Chris Bertish finishing his 4,000 mile trip. Credit: Penny Bird. - Credit: Archant

A Harpenden photographer was there to snap the moment her cousin finished a paddleboard voyage across the Atlantic.

Penny Bird watched with pride as Chris Bertish made history by becoming the first person to paddleboard 4,000 miles across the Atlantic.

She said: “What Chris has achieved is immense.

“Reading his regular blogs over the last three months has made me question myself on many occasion.

“Watching him fulfil his dream has made me feel incredibly uplifted and motivated.”


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Chris finished on Thursday, March 9 at 8.30am after spending 93 days at sea.

His average day involved paddling 12-16 hours a day, repairing leaks, and fixing communication equipment.

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“By doing so much good for others, he makes one realise that it is possible to dig deeper, aim higher and achieve more.”

Despite the adversity, Chris is now planning his next adventure with Virgin founder Richard Branson on Necker and Mosquito Island.

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