Bertie Phillips set out to row in the open ocean from Kommetjie to Bakoven all in the name for raising funds for The Little Optimist Trust and NSRI.

On 17 September Bertie completed the row in 6 hours and arrived to a fantastic fan fair welcome.

Bertie was using Safetrx and NSRI stations 2, 8 and 26 were on standby.

Bertie aimed to raise R25 000 and with donations still coming in we are confident he will reach and exceed his target.


Here is a log from Bertie day on the ocean:

Was epic due to heavy mist around Chapman’s Peak and Hout Bay. 

Navigation was extremely difficult with very low visibility.

I pushed through and used swell direction and occasional sightings of the mountain peaks to figure out where I was going. 

I landed up far out to sea on the Llandudno side and had to bear down on the shoreline considerably to make it to Bakoven. 

Landed up overshooting the mark towards Camps Bay returning to finish in a respectable six hours. 

Should have taken less but conditions were extreme.

Thanks to NSRI Stn2, Stn8 and Stn26 for standing by. 

To Greg and the team at The Little Optimist Trust, huge thank you 😊 couldn’t have done this without your support! 

John Hishin and Taz Pollock were amazing on the shoreside in the Landrover with strong VHF, was a lifeline at times. 

Photo credit: Cape Town Sports Photography

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