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IACH announce independent panel to shortlist future Cape Horn Hall of Fame inductees

by International Association of Cape Horners 18 Sep 2022 07:41 PDT
The first induction of sailors into the IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame (l-r) Yannick Moreau, the Mayor of Les Sables d'Olonne, with Don McIntyre, McIntyre Adventure, sponsor of the trophies, presenting Sir Chay Blyth, with Ash Manton, chairman of IACH © Tim Bishop / PPL

The first 28 inductees - all historic and pioneering names with strong sailing links to the world's most infamous Cape - now have their names recorded for posterity on IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame honours board displayed in Les Sables d'Olonne, home of the Vendee Globe, Golden Globe and Mini-Transat Ocean races.

The names range from Capt. Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire who first discovered Cape Horn and a route westward through the Pacific to the Dutch East Indies in 1616, the Finnish Captain Vern Verner Bjorkflelt who commanded the last commercial windjammer PAMIR to round the Cape before steam took over from sail in 1949 and pioneering small boat circumnavigators like Argentine sailor Vito Dumas, Frenchman Marcel Bardiaux and England's Sir Francis Chichester.

These 28 were selected by the IACH Committee, but going forward, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, and French Cape Horn veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, with 12 visits to Cape Horn - both listed on the Hall of Fame board - head a list of distinguished experts who will short-list future inductees to be voted on each year by members of the Int. Assoc. of Cape Horners.

The panellists include:

  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - Chairman
  • Jean-Luc van den Heede - Vice Chairman
  • Stan Honey - America's most celebrated ocean navigator and IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame inductee
  • Dee Caffari MBE - who has made 6 circumnavigations and first women to sail solo non-stop around the Globe both west-east and east-west. She too is an inductee into IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame
  • Dilip Donde - the first Indian to complete a solo circumnavigation, now mentoring other Indian sailors to follow in his wake - also inducted into the IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame
  • Ash Manton - Chairman of the Int. Assoc. of Cape Horners who rounded Cape Horn during the 1977/8 Whitbread Round the World Race
Each year, Les Sables d'Olonne, now the Home of the Cape Horn Hall of Fame, and the Int. Assoc. of Cape Horners will hold a ceremony to induct new names to the Honours board, to keep alive the French port's enduring connection to Cape Horn.

Read the citations for the first 28 inductees to the IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame here.

View photographs from the first IACH Cape Horn Hall of Fame ceremony held in Les Sables d'Olonne on 31st August here.

The first 28 inductees are as follows:

  • Willem Schouten (1567-1625), Netherlands
  • Jacob Le Maire (1585-1616), Belgium
  • Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865), England
  • Capt. Vern Verner Björkfelt (1900-1982), Finland
  • Capt. Thomas Carter (T.C) Fearon (1813 - 1869), USA
  • Capt. Adolph Hauth, Germany
  • Capt. Louis Allaire (1880-1949), France
  • Alan Villiers (1903-1982), Australia
  • Vito Dumas (1900-1965), Argentina
  • Marcel Bardiaux (1910-1958), France
  • Sir Francis Chichester (1901-1972), England
  • Sir Alec Rose (1908-1991), England
  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (1939-), England
  • Bernard Moitessier (1925-1994), France
  • Sir Chay Blyth (1940-), Scotland
  • Ramon Carlin (1923-2016), Mexico
  • Éric Tabarly (1931-1998), France
  • Cornelis van Rietschoten (1926-2013), Netherlands
  • Dame Naomi James (1949-), New Zealand
  • Kay Cottee (1954-), Australia
  • Jon Sanders (1939-), Australia
  • Philippe Jeantot (1952-), France
  • Titouan Lamazou (1955-), France
  • Sir Peter Blake (1948-2001), New Zealand
  • Dilip Donde (1967-), India
  • Stan Honey (1955-), America
  • Dee Caffari (1973-), England
  • Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (1945-), France

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