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Around Cape Horn – the ultimate adventure for sailors!

4 months ago
Written by Helene Spurkeland
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Around Cape Horn – the ultimate adventure for sailors!

Life on board
Written by Helene Spurkeland

A unique opportunity to sail around the infamous Cape Horn on board one of the biggest and fastest tall ships in the world! A part of The One Ocean Expedition, Statsraad Lehmkuhl´s circumnavigation of the globe 2021- 2023.

Sailing around «The Horn» is one of the greatest challenges for adventurous sailors. Like an ascent of Mount Everest, sailing around Cape Horn earns you a place amongst the elite, and with good reason. As a trainee on board one of the biggest and fastest tall ships in the world, you´ll be one of the very few who have rounded The Horn – on any sailing ship!

Cape Horn

Cape Horn is a headland located in the southernmost archipelago of Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile, and marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean meet. The seas are considered to be especially challenging, due to strong winds and currents, the possibility of icebergs and – more often than not – rough seas.

The voyage with the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl takes you through seas defied by daring Dutch sea commanders in the 17th century and followed by thousands of sailing ships in the two centuries that followed.

It is an ocean voyage for true sailors and adventurers who get a lift from wild seas and raw nature.

Sailing route

We start the 6-day voyage from Ushaia, the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, generally considered to be the most southerly city on Earth. We´ll travel in sheltered waters through the Beagle Channel, either via the northern passage ending in Darwin Sound, or the southern passage ending at Cook’s Bay, both of which offer beautiful landscapes which leaves a dramatic visual impact upon it´s visitors. Depending on the weather conditions and the chosen route, we´ll spend one to three days to get to the open sea.

After reaching the open sea, we´ll have time to practice sailing maneuvers and assess the weather conditions. We´ll sail from west to east and can therefore expect favorable winds when rounding Cape Horn. We´ll sail in the open sea for two to three days, before returning to sheltered waters for the last 24 hours of our journey.

A ship built for sailing on the high seas

Statsraad Lehmkuhl was built in Germany in 1914 and is one of the biggest and best kept sailing tall ships in the world. She is built for sailing on the high seas, and due to her massive size and traditional sailing ship lines is renowned as a very good seafaring vessel.

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