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The Global Solo Challenge partners with the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH)

by Global Solo Challenge 21 Apr 09:35 PDT
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston presents skipper Jean-Luc Vand Den Heede, GGR 2018 Winner, with the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) burgee on his arrival back in Les Sables d'Olonne in February, 2019. © PPL Photo Agency

The organisers of the Global Solo Challenge are honoured to announce the partnership with the prestigious International Association of Cape Horners (IACH).

The Association maintains a register of sailors who have rounded Cape Horn solo and multi-crewed yachts on a non-stop passage of at least 3000 nautical miles which passes above the latitude of 52 degrees south in both the Pacific (or Indian) and Atlantic Oceans, without the use of engines for propulsion.

The history of the association recognises the achievement of men and women who rounded the legendary Cape, dates back to 1937. The aim is "to promote and strengthen the ties of comradeship which bind together in a unique body of men and women who embody the distinction of having sailed round Cape Horn."

Cape Horn, also known as the Mount Everest of the Seas, is one of the three Great Capes that competitors in the Global Solo Challenge will have to round to complete their single-handed, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation. Cape Horn the Chilean Cape, an Island south of Ushuaia, is the furthest point south that GSC sailors must sail round in their race from Europe and after sailing past Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and Cape Leeuwin in Australia.

The IACH maintains a register accounting for around 1850 sailors who have rounded the Horn during a circumnavigation on crewed passages, 150 single-handed with stops and just 180 solo non-stop. Sailors in the GSC will be awarded IACH membership on successfully rounding Cape Horn.

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