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 50ยบ South both west and east of Cape Horn. More detailed information is available on the Membership pages of this site.

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Crude Oil Tanker (159000t deadweight) Rounding Cape Horn in Storm Force 10


An excellent demonstration of the chaotic confused seas that occur off Cape Horn unlike the long rolling seas when well to the east and west of the Horn. Imagine trying to take a video from a yacht in similar conditions.



1 February, 2018