Foiled Again: Chris Bertish Plans to Solo Wing Foil 2,750 Miles Across the Pacific


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Watesports athlete Chris Bertish is at it again. In a venture dubbed the TransPac Wing Project, he plans to solo wing foil 2,750 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean. Launching earlier this June from Half Moon Bay in California, Bertish will wing foil across the Pacific to Oahu and hopes to arrive in July of 2021. Bertish will be unsupported and unassisted on the journey. His strategy is to wing foil between 100-180 miles per day – according to conditions – in order to cross nearly 3,000 miles of open ocean. He estimates it will take around 50-55 days before he arrives in Hawaii.

The route of his Atlantic crossing.

To make the trip, Bertish modified his 19-foot ImpiFish, the paddle craft that saw him SUP across the Atlantic in 2017. Improvements include unique, specialized wings and foils being added by Armstrong Foils and satellite communication systems, based upon what he learned from his transatlantic SUP Crossing in 2017. The modifications will reduce the whetted surface to increase the craft’s speed and stability. Bertish also highlights other upgrades including the hydrocharger, hyrdovane and windvane to ensure every aspect of the craft is completely powered by nature.

Bertish on his Impifish during his 2017 crossing.

Bertish also plans goal to give live feeds into classrooms and board rooms from the middle of the Pacific about conservation, ocean health and sustainability.

Bertish giving a YouTube talk on his craft’s improvements.

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