Doubling the Horn
Doubling the Horn involves sailing nonstop from a level previously mentioned the 50th parallel in the Atlantic, down all around the Horn and back to a stage above the 50th parallel in the Pacific. Only this near 1,000-mile passage is considered a legitimate Cape Horn rounding.
In accordance to famous writer and seaman, Alan Villiers, “nothing else counted as a rounding, for the eastward passage before westerly gales was reckoned no rounding at all.”
Why do I have this drive to doubling the Horn?
Practically nothing could be much more tough for a smaller boat and so far no solo sailor have carried out it in a little boat.
For me the easy life is not enjoyable.
Also the European recreational boating directive have outlawed gross sales of tiny ocean going boats arguing that they are not secure. I do not deny that it would remember to me to verify them erroneous, but the voyage for me is mainly about the lore of the Horn.
Right here is some of the distances and my estimated pace.
Departure from Ålesund Norway will be additional or fewer beginning of June. The length to Horta Azores is 2100 miles.
The believed duration of the passage is 60 days.
Average speed, 1,5 knots.
Departure from Horta Azores will be more or much less starting of September. The distance to Stanley Falkland is 6500 miles
The approximated duration of the passage is 90 times.
Typical speed, 3 knots.
Departure from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands will be a lot more or less commencing of January to a stage north at latitude 50° south then turning south in the direction of Cap Horn then towards Isla Chiloe Chile. That length is about 2300 miles.
The estimated length of the passage is 80 times.
Common speed, 1.2 knots.
Becoming a solo sailor I do my ideal to steer clear of spots with a great deal transport. My preceding approach was much too provision in Uruguay. Unfortunately there is a great deal of trafic coming out of the la Plata river from Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
I dit not contemplate the Falkland Island as a location to provision as their posture is far more south than latitude 50° south.
Then I obtained the plan that when leaving Stanley I will sail north passing 50° latitude south.
This is vainness, however the lore is tempting me.
1980 I cruised the Falkland Islands for 4 months in my 19 feet boat. The winds was generally robust on 3 various occasions it blew extra than 100 knots.
Experienced my boat experienced less draft a great deal had been received. I made a decision that my subsequent boat would be a shallow draft boat that could get the ground.
With the assist of John Letcher in Maine I built a twin keeled double ender.
I started off to develop her in the early 1980-s ultimately but she was replaced by the the bow centerboarder Bris Amphibie.
Now I combine bow centerboard and bilge keels. Each of these two components fills its have unique purpose.
It would be interesting to return to the Falklands and see how my thoughts works out.
When will I start? Not this yr 2022 , not next yr 2023, the year 2024 is feasible but unlikely as I like to carry out sea trials both inshore and offshore just before setting off. Maybee the yr 2025 will be my yr of departure.
Fate do interfere with even the best laid ideas. We just experienced the Corona pandemic now we have Putins war and who knows what that will guide to.
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To be continued…