This morning we double the mythical Cape Horn!!
We were lucky enough to round Cape Horn and be able to get within 2 miles of it, pull out our blackboard and be photographed with this iconic place on our back.
Behind the shadow of the ancient navigators
Perhaps some did not perceive the importance of this place, for sailors, here formerly every 10 ships that crossed it 1 sank, doubling Cape Horn gave you rights and prestige over other sailors, spitting and urinating against the wind, putting on an earring for the band that bends, not bending before the King, it was like spending a life of the 5 that sailors have. Even in these times the sailors who doubled it are still respected, here my little tribute to those heroes, brave of yesteryear, not so long ago …
The North Arm of the Beagle
As the weather is favorable, we turn it to the west and decide to head to Cook Bay, entrance of the west side of the Beagle, we will sail through its north arm and if we can we will visit some snowdrift towards Ushuaia, you can not ask for more. Navigate through this area, reach Antarctica, visit its peninsula, double Cape Horn, navigate the entire Beagle from the Pacific to the Atlantic, cross the Drake Passage and arrive in the southernmost city in the world …
This has an incalculable value that only enriches those who are able to appreciate what it means to be sailing here, its history, the amount of sacrifices and lives that this area claimed for one reason or another and that contributed a lot to make the world what it is now, for better or for worse…
This is another dream come true…
We are also telling you and living
From Alegría sailors we want to become your tool so that we can fulfill these dreams together if it is really yours…
On April 1 we set sail from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales, an incredible journey through the Fuegian channels, do not think so much …
Let us not forget that life is one and one’s.
Cape Horn 28 of 01 of 2022 of our lord, maker of all things.
Joy Sailors, my dream is your dream, do not tell you, come and live it.
Doubling Cape Horn
Cape Horn is one of those magical corners that nature gives us that you should visit once in your life. This has been one of the most popular routes throughout history by many sailors and, is that this cape, is quite special.
Cape Horn is located in the southern part of Chile and is traditionally considered the southernmost point of America. This Cape Horn has the honor of being the southernmost of the three great capes found in the southern hemisphere of the planet, which serves to mark the northern limit of the Drake Passage.
The popularity of this Cape is due, beyond the iconic landscape that extends before its waters, to the fact that it is one of the most important commercial navigation routes in sailing boats.
Today, this merchant route is no longer so important after the Panama Canal was built, however, this does not detract from the importance of all those sailors who want to carry out a special and different route throughout its waters.
In fact, beyond a pleasant excursion, the waters of Cape Horn are a real challenge for many experienced sailors. This is due to the presence of strong winds and waves, beyond the importance of icebergs in the area.
Undoubtedly, these characteristics make Cape Horn an extreme challenge for many, making this region a favorite in the practice of many sporting events. Of course, it is also a most interesting tourist destination.
Due to the technology with which many boats have evolved, we no longer talk about dangers like those that could be experienced a few years ago. Despite this, enjoying a trip to Cape Horn becomes a totally unique Chilean experience. You could not enjoy anything like it anywhere else in Patagonia or, of course, the rest of the world.
Stay with us if you want to learn more about Cape Horn and, who knows, you may one day be the one in person who lives all the emotions on board a boat.
This morning we double the mythical Cape Horn
Doubling Cape Horn is an unparalleled experience, both for sailors and for the most profane in the field. Precisely for this reason, sailing its waves, living an adventure aboard a boat in this Chilean region is something that one cannot forget while living.
Until a few years ago this feat was reserved for a few sailors. Fortunately, today we have greater knowledge of the climate and, of course, greater control over the waters. This allows us to enjoy a journey through Cape Horn in a much safer way.
Modern boats also help a lot. We are talking about boats that have stabilizers and a large number of security measures that make navigation easier. When it comes to such a southern area where the winds can play more than one trick, being aware of the position of the icebergs is essential to enjoy much more the mythical Cape Horn.
Some facts about the Island of Horn or Cape Horn Island:
The respect and importance of doubling Cape Horn is much better understood when we talk about more than 800 shipwrecks in its waters. These waters have witnessed the death of more than ten thousand sailors, so it is inevitable not to lose respect for the cape.
Successfully navigating Cape Horn has always been regarded as a feat. Due to the importance that this has always supposed, the International Association of Caphorniers was created, an association of sailors composed of all those who have the honor of having crossed Cape Horn and lived to tell the tale.
It is clear that throughout history there have been many ships that have sunk under its waters. The first of these to be documented was the Orange Boom in 1643. This ship belonged to the expedition of the Dutch general Hendrick Brouver in which no survivors remained.
There are many data that have been recorded over time about Cape Horn. In this way, it is also known that, in 1892, Cape Horn was transited by more than 1,200 sailboats. Another statistic, somewhat more disastrous, determines the sinking of 53 sailboats in 1905.
During all this time there have also been many famous ships that have been shipwrecked in its waters. In 1819 the great Spanish warship San Telmo sailed from the port of Cádiz, ending its remains in the depths of Cape Horn with its 632 crew.
Geographical location of Cape Horn
Cape Horn is part of the Wollaston Islands, islands that are located in Chile. These islands are part of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego.
The geographical location of Cape Horn allows it to have some of the most important characteristics, since it is considered one of the 482 privileged sites cataloged as “World Biosphere Reserve”.
56 kilometers from Cape Horn is the so-called False Cape Horn. This name is due to the fact that many sailors have confused this cape with that of Horn, since it has a configuration quite similar to what would be the real Cape Horn.
Cape Horn is quite particular, since it does not have any trees and is completely covered by grass due to the frequent rainfall that occurs in the place. Another important aspect to highlight of its geography is that this cape is subject to the effects of ultraviolet rays.
This is because the rays pass through the hole in the ozone layer that covers the southern tip of the planet and end up impacting with that part of Cape Horn.
Discovery of Cape Horn and history
The discovery of Cape Horn occurred in 1616. The Dutchmen Jakob Le Maire and Willem Schouten had the honour of being the first to sail across the cape.
As a curiosity, the discovery of Cape Horn has also been recognized to the Spanish sailor Francisco de Hoces. Due to its name, the area is known as the sea of sickles while the English call it the Drake Passage because the popular pirate also sailed through its waters. In large part, this discovery was caused by a change in navigation due to the bad weather conditions that accompanied the moment.
The importance throughout the history of Cape Horn has been crucial. In 1848 Cape Horn was heavily used as a passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific coast after the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill.
We could say that the danger of the cape has also led to certain advances in navigation. Due to the difficulties caused by the passage through this route, it is known that the shipbuilders of America began to produce much faster and also strong ships to be able to adapt better to the winds and waves of the passage and thus be safer.
The importance of Cape Horn would diminish in the early twentieth century, as we have seen, by the construction of the Panama Canal. This was inaugurated in 1914 and, since then, the presence of cargo ships along this Cape Horn route began to decrease considerably. On the other hand, the very danger of the route attracted many risky water sports. Although its use has varied, there is no doubt that Cape Horn is still an important place in the ocean.