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Celebrating 400 Years of Cape Horn in Pictures

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At the end of 2015 the Dutch tall ship that was the catalyst for the founding of Another World Adventures set sail on a 100 Day voyage to commemorate the 400 Year Anniversary of the discovery of Cape Horn.

Cape Horn Voyage

The voyage sailed south from Europe, through the tropics and the infamous Drake Passage and around Cape Horn from east to west without an engine finishing in Patagonia’s Chilean Fjords.

Part of the 100 day voyage aim was to complete the actual rounding of the Horn in the same way the Traditional Cape Horners Society of Captains in St. Malo recognise as an official rounding. This means the rounding must cross latitudes of 50 degrees South in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean and be part of an ocean voyage of at least 3000 sea miles and with the rounding using sail power only – no small feat!

The inspiration?

On the 14th June 1615, some 400 years ago, Willem Cornelisz Schouten and Jacob LeMaire started a search for an alternative to the Cape of Good Hope and The Strait of Magellan on board their tall ships. On 29 January 1616 this great journey to seek out a new passage to the Far East took them to the southernmost tip of Chile. They rounded the tip, naming it Cape Horn after their home port of Hoorn.

What the 2015 voyage looked like

Leg 1: Hoorn, Netherlands – Lisbon (Cascais), Portugal
Embarkation: September 8th 2015
Days: 15

Leg 2: Lisbon (Cascais) , Portugal ­- Tenerife, Canary Isle, Spain
Embarkation: September 22nd 2015
Days: 12

Leg 3: Atlantic Ocean Crossing from Tenerife, Canary Isle, Spain ­- Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Embarkation: October 5th 2015
Days: 28

Leg 4: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – ­Punta Arenas, Chile including the Cape Horn Rounding
Embarkation: November 4th 2015
Days: 46

Who was on board?

The voyage crew was made up of a mix of a professional team and guest crew from all walks of life – mixed ages, nationalities, with different levels of experience. The magic of the tall ship voyages is that they give everyday people a chance to experience life as a sailor, learning the ropes, setting the sails, helming, maintaining the ship and becoming fully immersed in the nautical world .. a world we referred to as novice sailors on our own transatlantic crossing on this tall ship in 2011 as “Another World”.

If you’d like to find out where they are sailing next check out the adventure sailing trips in 2016/17 or drop us an email and we’ll send you details.

Perhaps you’d like to sail from Europe to the Southern Hemisphere with them in 2016…

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