The Association wishes to record its profound sorrow at the news on 9th April, of the death of our Patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH Prince Phillip joined the IACH in the 1960s as an Honorary Member. He became our Royal Patron shortly after the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973/74. Until that time, the Association was only for those who had rounded Cape Horn in commercial square riggers. After the first solo roundings in yachts by Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston and Chay Blyth, the UK branch of the Association started to discuss admitting yachtsmen. This was rejected out of hand by the headquarters of the International Association in France and this response was received with mixed feelings in the UK branch. Then, shortly before the start of the first Whitbread in September 1973, the Duke sent a telegram to the committee of the UK branch."Thank you all for your kind message of greeting. You will be happy to know that the Royal Naval Sailing Association of which I am Admiral is organising the present Round the World Sailing Race. The boats will be facing the difficulties of Cape Horn early next year with the same courage and determination as shown by British Cape Horners of earlier days - Philip, Honorary Member."He thus could not have made his feelings about the admission of those who would round Cape Horn in yachts any clearer. He subsequently presented the prizes at the awards ceremonies in London for the first and second Whitbread races. For those on the first Whitbread, Prince Philip instructed the Royal Mint to strike a bronze medal for every crew member who was on a yacht on the third leg which rounded Cape Horn. Such clear royal support ensured the future of the Association for those rounding the Horn in yachts, for which the Association is most grateful. The image shows HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh presenting the winning trophy to Cornelis van Rietschoten, the skipper of Flyer who was victorious in the second Whitbread race
Out of the 33 skippers that started the 2020-2021, a record 27 rounded Cape Horn. 25 finished the race with the other 2 completing the course but having to retire for repairs. This edition of the race had everything: great seamanship, a daring rescue, ingenuity at sea and a nail-biting finish. Here’s to the next Vendee Globe in 2024
The IACH Register of Solo Sailors via the three great capes. This Register lists those solo sailors who have made true circumnavigations both east-about and westward, passing the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn under sail. To view The Register Click Here In addition, two solo sailors have also completed North/South circumnavigations via the North West Passage and Cape Horn, a route that may become more popular as receding ice opens up this sea route. Joshua Slocum is recognised as the first solo circumnavigator, but his pioneering voyage did not take him around Cape Horn, and like those who have followed, passing through either the Beagle Channel or the Panama Canal are not included in this listing. Details of new circumnavigations or suggested amendments to existing records are always welcome. Please contact: [email protected] The IACH are not claiming to be the authority on the information provided. We have merely collated it to the best of our ability for the benefit of the yachting fraternity worldwide and will continue to do so. All the information that is made available is in the public domain already, however if any individual does not wish their information to be included they should contact [email protected] International Association of Cape Horners certificate of circumnavigation All who complete a solo circumnavigation via Cape Horn are welcome to join the International Association of Cape Horners and claim an official certificate to commemorate their achievement. Send full details of your voyage including date and place of departure and return, boat name and type, length overall, route and on-line links to: [email protected] A small charge will apply
PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… DATELINE: 28 OCTOBER 2020 - PORTSMOUTH UK. THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CAPE HORNERS LAUNCH REGISTER OF SOLO CIRCUMNAVIGATORS As 33 potential Cape Horners prepare for the start of the 9th Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 8, The International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) has taken on the mantle of maintaining an official register of those who have completed solo circumnavigations via the Three Great Capes – Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. The listing, which records 156 solo non-stop circumnavigators and a further 141 who have completed true circumnavigations around the three Great Capes with stops enroute, has been compiled from listings maintained previously by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation back in 1969, historian DH ‘Nobby’ Clarke, The World Sailing Speed Record Council and other information culled from books and the public domain. Click here to review the IACH Register of Solo Circumnavigators Commenting on the new Register, Sir Robin said today: "It seems totally appropriate that the IACH now becomes the holder of the list of solo circumnavigators passing south of the Three Great Capes. This is a valuable resource.” Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the father figure of French solo sailing and a serial Cape Horner who has rounded the infamous Cape 10 times, the last time when leading the 2018 Golden Globe Race, agrees: “To list all the sailors who have turned around the world alone with or without stopovers has been a huge task. It is a very important part of the history of navigation and I hope a lot more names will be added over time.” The current record for the fastest solo non-stop circumnavigation is held by Frenchman François Gabart with a time of 42 days 16h 40' 3" set in 2017 aboard the 30m trimaran Ultim MACIF. The time to beat for the current Vendée Globe monohull entrants is 74d 03h 36' set by fellow Frenchman Armel Le Cléac’h in his IMOCA 60 Banque Populaire during the last race in 2017. The oldest solo circumnavigator is Australian yachtsman Bill Hatfield who, at 79, competed a west-about route in his 11.58m monohull L'Eau Commotion in 2018 with a time of 414 days. That record could soon be eclipsed by 81-year-old Jon Sanders currently resting in the Queensland port of Bundaberg where he is currently recuperating and repairing his yacht Perie Banou II after surviving a severe storm in the Pacific. This is his 11th solo circumnavigation (another record this time focused on raising awareness to the massive problems of plastic pollution in the oceans). Sanders expects to return to his point of departure, Perth, sometime in January. History and membership criteria All who complete a solo circumnavigation via Cape Horn are welcome to join the exclusive International Association of Cape Horners and claim an official certificate to commemorate their achievement. The Association of Cape Horners (AICH) was founded in1936 by a group of French Master Mariners based in St Malo to form an exclusive, albeit dying bond, between those who had sailed round Cape Horn in square rigged sailing ships. Those are now history. The last commercial sailing ship voyage was in 1949 when the Pamir and Passat sailed from South Australia bound for Falmouth. In 1969, the British Chapter of the Association was renamed the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) with the amended membership criteria reading: ‘To promote and strengthen the ties of comradeship which bind together the unique body of men and women who enjoy the distinction of having voyaged round Cape Horn under sail.’ Specifically, full membership, currently £20 per annum, is open to those who have rounded Cape Horn under sail as part of a non-stop passage of at least 3,000 nautical miles which passes above the latitude of 52° South in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and is completed without the use of engines for propulsion. Associates are those with an interest in Cape Horn but whose experiences do not meet the full membership criteria. One of the latest Associates is Susie Goodall whose yacht was pitch-poled and dismasted 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn during the 2018/19 Golden Globe Race. This modernising approach has opened membership to all those who have raced around Cape Horn in events like the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean races, Sir Chay Blyth’s Global Challenge events, the Jules Verne Challenge and solo events such as the BOC Challenge, Vendée Globe, Five Oceans and Golden Globe races. Membership is also open to the many who have cruised around the infamous Cape under sail. “Sailing around Cape Horn, the Everest of ocean sailing, has always been a badge of honour. I commend anyone who has achieved this great feat to join the IACH”, says the Earl of Portsmouth, the Association’s President. Apply today by visiting: www.capehorners.org Click here to download membership flyer pdf Cliquez ici pour lire la version française de ce communiqué de presse For further information contact: Archie Fairley [email protected] To view the press release please click on this link: Launch of Solo Register Press Release
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