Bristol Channel Cutter 28: Circumnavigator’s Choice

Chase your blue water dreams in this tried-and-true classic



Like many sailors, Bill and Cathy Norrie had dreams of sailing the warm waters of the southern oceans, particularly when winter snows beat against their prairie home. They made those dreams come true, purchasing Terrwyn, a Pacific Seacraft 37, and circumnavigating the world over a 5-year period. Bill took a leave of absence from his position as an anesthesiologist in Calgary, Alberta, and they flew off to wherever they had last left Terrwyn.

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Bert Vermeer
As a coastal cruiser (and occasional racer), Bert Vermeer has sailed the coast of British Columbia for more than 40 years. With his wife Carey and daughter Nicky (and eventually granddaughter Natasha) in tow, Bert has gained an appreciation for the fabulous cruising grounds of the Canadian west coast. Based on his experience as a hands-on boater, he established a marine-based business after completing his police career. He now maintains, renovates and upgrades sail and power boats for local and non-resident owners in the off-season.


  1. If you’re going to circumnavigate the world in one year, you’re putting yourself at high risk to be crossing an ocean when a tropical storm could develop. Not only that but you’re not going to see much or meet many people. To each his/her own.