Cape Horn picture

Photo by Nikolay Murenets

Cape Horn is sometimes called the Mount Everest of sailing. Mount Everest was first climbed on 29th May, 1953. We believe that, since that date, fewer people have qualified for full membership of the IACH than have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

The International Association of Cape Horners is for sailors who have rounded Cape Horn. The rounding of the Horn will have been part of a non-stop passage under sail of at least 3000 nautical miles. Their course must have passed through the latitude of fifty degrees south both west and east of Cape Horn. More detailed information is available on the Membership pages of this site.


In the end of the world

Roaring sea
screaming storm
running mountains
bloody smoky battlefield

In the salty fog hidden
black rock from the sea
worst of the worst
the terrible cape, Cape Horn.

Jure Sterk (died at sea 2 Jan, 2009)

Jure was lost over the side of his yacht Lunatic 4 days before his 72nd birthday. He had completed 20,000 miles and 379 days of a non-stop single handed circumnavigation which included doubling Cape Horn, after which he wrote this poem.

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November 28, 2014

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Cape Horn
under sail