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post #11 of 14 Old 05-20-2010
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i have never done the horn. i sailed around cape farewell in greenland which is further north than the horn is south.

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When I started sailing, almost 40 years ago, I had a book that listed all the small boat sailors known to have tried sailing around Cape Horn singlehanded up until sometime in the 1960's, and, as I recall, somewhere around the low 20s had tried it, and only about one-third were successful. I remember when Sir Francis Chichester was about to leave Australia en route for the Horn, the Aussies were pleading with him to not go, warning him that it was far too dangerous. Chichester believed a boat less than about 60' in length was in danger of pitchpoling in Cape Horn waters. The number of successful roundings has greatly increased since that time, due in large part to the round-the-world races, but many of the boats have suffered major structural failures in their attempts. If the conditions are fair, it can be a piece of cake, but it would be foolish to expect those conditions in that part of the world.
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Check out the film you can easily find via the National Sailing Hall of Fame called the Ghosts of Cape Horn. Its and old black and white archive movied that captures the intense meaning of sails and the Horn...get a cup of jo, tea or whatever and sit back and enjoy this...its last around a half hour but its well worth viewing.
Along these lines, another great film is Around the Horn by Irving Johnson. It is a black and white film that he took about a voyage aboard the Peking and it includes some amazing footage of some really rough weather off the horn.
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I spent several months in the area and went round the horn both ways. Initially on a 29’ She and then later on a larger yacht. The whole area is fantastic. Amazing mountains that come straight up out of the sea in great slabs of sheer granite, glaciers that calve into the water, forests, whales, penguins. The Beagle Channel is one of the world’s ‘must see’ places and you can sail right through it. The weather can be a bit dodgy and it does rain a lot but still an amazing place to visit. There are numerous safe anchorages and places to tie up so unless you are in a hurry or really unlucky then you can usually avoid the big seas (they really are best avoided).

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