Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, has accepted the appointment of President of the International Association of Cape Horners. In addition the French solo sailing legend Jean-Luc van den Heede has accepted the appointment of Vice President. Ashley Manton, Chairman of IACH made the announcement this week during the Association’s annual lunch at Portsmouth UK. “Sir Robin and Jean-Luc are two of the biggest names in ocean sailing and their reputation and standing within the sport reflect the aims of our International Association in celebrating and promoting all those who complete a Cape Horn rounding under sail and meet the IACH eligibility criteria”. Ashley Manton adds: “Sir Robin has played an active and encouraging role throughout his long period in the Association. Together with Jean-Luc, they have been very supportive in working with the Committee to set up a unique modern-day register of all those who have completed circumnavigations via the three Great Capes - Good Hope, Leeuwin, and Cape Horn and in instigating the IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame. We very much welcome their expertise and support in encouraging sailors from all backgrounds to take on the challenge of rounding Cape Horn which is recognised by sailors across the Globe as the ‘Everest of sailing’
For those who wish to see the acceptance sppeches of the IACH Hall of Fame inductees then please visit our Youtube Channel from the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwN64XphIZvjJBGRH1AXMZg/videos
The Cape Horners' next Annual Reunion Lunch is planned to be held on Sunday, November 20th, 2022 in the Princess Royal Gallery The RN Museum at Portsmouth Dockyard Bring your crews and friends. How to reserve and pay for your booking:- Reservations now: To avoid the possibility of imposed limited numbers, please email Peter Waring now at [email protected] for reservations with deferred payment. Bookings and Payments Subject to availability, please book and pay online using the IACH website's Reunion Lunch booking system in the 'View Events" section of the members area.
APPOINTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER I am very pleased to announce that we have appointed Marco Nannini, whose background details are below, to be the international member of the IACH Committee. He has great energy, ideas and boundless enthusiasm which I know will contribute a lot to the Association. “Marco Nannini is the organiser of the Global Solo Challenge 2023. After a career in banking in the City of London he decided to take part in the Global Ocean Race 2011/2012 taking second place overall. A Cape Horner, he became sailor of the year in Italy in 2012 and was awarded a Medal of Merit by the Presidency of the Italian Senate. His sailing experience includes the OSTAR, Round Britain & Ireland Race and Route du Rhum.” I welcome him on your behalf and look forward to using his skills and knowledge to enhance the exposure of the IACH within the international yachting community. Welcome aboard Marco! Ashley Manton Chairman
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The International Association of Cape Horners (IACH), has published its multi-crew circumnavigation register to compliment a similar register for solo circumnavigations published in 2020. This latest roll of honour currently lists 1,848 individual circumnavigations during past Whitbread/Volvo Round the World races, the 1975/6 Financial Times Clipper Race, British Steel/BT Global Challenge races, Trophee Jules Verne, The Race, Oryx Quest, Barcelona and Portimão events. Both circumnavigation registers have multi-search facilities that allow users to interrogate by name, yacht, nationality, event and time. To read the full press release please click on the link below Cape Horn Circumnavigation Register Press Release
Captain Coconut Mark Sinclair from Adelaide, Australia bound for Les Sables d’Olonne in France to complete his 2018 Golden Globe Race voyage. The 63-year-old solo skipper was one of the first people to sign up for the 2018 race and was one of 18 skippers to cross the start line but a diminishing water supply and barnacle growth on the hull meant he headed to his home port of Adelaide. Under the 2018 Golden Globe Race Notice of Race he can continue the race in the Chichester Class, and aims to be the 6th finisher of the 2018 race. Captain Coconut set out on 5th December 2021 – exactly three years after stopping – to sail to the start of the 2022 race. He successfully rounded Cape Horn on the 12th February 2022 on his way to the start line in September 2022 For those wishing to follow Mark's journey you can find his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/CoconutGGR his tracker here https://my.yb.tl/yblogcoconut?fbclid=IwAR3F8kTC2ZNDPORR8NsIR_bCLoHRv054N7UM4VDOvhGmkunWXy4AEPgZpok For more information on the Gloden Globe race which starts ub September then please find the link herehttps://goldengloberace.com/
OBITUARY – KATE LEE WIFE OF CAPTAIN MARTIN LEE It is with great sadness we have to report the passing of Kate Lee aged 93, wife of Captain Martin Lee who was a Cape Horner from 1947 when he rounded the horn onboard SV Passat and until his death in 2004 was President of the UK Cape Horners. She supported him through many Cape Horner events, particularly when the UK hosted the AICH annual congress in Bristol in the 90's and attended the AICH final event in St Malo, with Captain Martin. She was also the only 2nd ever female Mayor of Faverhsam since mayors were instituted in 1438 and held the post from 1994-1995. On behalf of the IACH membership we pass our condolences to her son Matthew and his family.
Letter sent to Sir Chay Blyth from our Chairman to celebrate his 50th Anniversary of his non-stop west about circumnavigation. There is also a link at the bottom of the page of about the day Dear Sir Chay, I would like to send you our best wishes and congratulations on behalf of the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) Membership. The celebration on the Hamble to celebrate the 50th anniversary of your pioneering solo non-stop west-about circumnavigation back in 1971 aboard the 59ft ketch British Steel is not only apt but helps to highlight the enormous number of your sailing achievements, your contribution to the sailing fraternity and of course the enormous and life changing opportunities you gave so many people on The Global Challenge. We have published the details of the programme for this very special day on our Cape Horn website. Have a wonderful day. Kind regards Ashley http://www.covarimail.com/view.lasso?id1=2340&id2=317156
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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